This advanced workshop covers all of the elements involved in creating conceptual and thematic imagery from idea generation through execution. It is ideal for photographers who are comfortable with the technical aspects of their equipment and are looking to create staged narrative images.
Students focus on brainstorming, concept development, and the practice of thinking outside the box when approaching visual storytelling. We cover how to make your picture concept a reality through mood boards, production sheets, pre-production and scheduling; how to source locations, props, and lighting theory; how to cast and work with subjects, as well as problem – solving, communication, and working efficiently on set or on location.
We start in the classroom with presentations on historical and contemporary photography, breaking down the elements that make a powerful photograph. The idea, mood, composition, technique, lighting, location, model, styling, retouching, etc., are all included, followed by exercises for brainstorming, concept development, and all preproduction tools. Students then develop their own concepts and create mood boards for an idea that they will pitch in a one on one meeting.
Everyone goes through the pre-production process for their own shoots. Photography teams execute their individual shoot concepts and assist in other student shoots with support from the instructor. An individual edit is done after the shoot to discuss the selection process and touch on post production notes as necessary. Each student is allocated a time slot to photograph his/her own concept with a subject, lighting equipment, and assistants from the class. Students go through this process for 2 different assignments (a conceptual assignment and a fashion assignment). It is a process of learning the creative and technical means by which a photographer can design a momentary reality.
Course Requirements: Students must feel comfortable using their camera on manual settings and should be familiar with flash equipment.
What to Bring:
Camera + Accessories
Laptop with Bridge/Lightroom, Photoshop and Word/Pages/Numbers/Excel, iMovie or other video software (optional but helpful)
Some Ideas and any Props/Wardrobe you think may be interesting
Claire Rosen is a photographer and video artist blending a fine art sensibility with commercial work to create whimsical imagery inspired by fairy tales, fables, and other children’s stories. Her fashion, fine art and advertising work touch on the bizarre and unusual with the themes of vintage circus, burlesque, magic, curiosities and natural science interwoven throughout the images. Rosen is drawn both to beauty and darkness as it exists in life, and her images explore this duality.