June 24 - July 22 | Tue 6-9pm
Level: Introductory to Advanced
Prerequisites: Proficient understanding of basic camera functions required.
This course is meant as an overview of the broad topic of conservation and environmental photography. As a class we will discuss conservation issues and concerns happening in our area right now and what, as photographers, we can do to help. We will go on a shooting field trip to witness conservation in action (salmon counting and aging or the Duwamish river clean up, are some examples of possibilities). Students can expect to learn new camera techniques specific to this work, such as specialty lenses and shooting in difficult conditions. Students will learn how to convey an environmental story through imagery.
This course is not heavily assignment based but is heavily communication based. Class time will be a mix of lecture, discussion and reviewing of other photographers work, for example, James Balog’s Chasing Ice documentary, or Ed Kashi’s The Curse of the Black Gold photo essay. A great place to discuss as a group what is needed to tackle huge environmental issues as a photographer. We will brainstorm and discuss ideas of how to start a conservation photography project centered around the concerns in the Seattle area.
*No class on July 8. Class will meet instead on Saturday, July 12 (details TBA).