"Joy, you are an excellent teacher. Your classes are the perfect combination of education and inspiration, and your comments and nudges always come through a positive lens. Each lesson is so well-presented with wonderful photos as references, and links to additional information and inspiration. I have grown as a photographer, both in my ability to 'see' a photo and in my technical skill to bring what I see in my mind's eye to life. When not one of your students wants the class to end, that pretty much sums up what an outstanding experience we all had. Thank you so much." -- Nancy Thompson
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Once you know the basics of photography, you can become a true artist and not just a witness. You have a unique vision, and it's time to let it shine through your lens. Creative photography isn't just about what's directly in front of you. Everything you experience has a way of influencing your creative vision. As Ansel Adams said, "You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved... You don't take a photograph, you make it.”
- You're a blogger who wants to improve the photographs you share on your blog. (If your blog is a business, the course might be tax-deductible--ask your accountant.)
- You enjoy photography but need a little inspiration and prodding to get "out there" with your camera.
- You're in a creative rut. This course will help you break out of it, through daily lessons from me and support from your classmates.
- You already know the basics of photography, but could use a boost in the creativity department.
- You LOVE photography, period.
"Joy, thanks. You must accept much credit for my success because yours was my first photography course, ever! Your examples and explanations were inspiring and clear. The participants were also inspirational, and watching their edits and ideas were of great help to me. The encouragement and support was very helpful as well, to see if I was on the right track, and to spur me on." -- Mary O.
How does this online course work?
In a nutshell:
- 19 days of lessons emailed to you
- Access to private online classroom
- 7 days of additional classroom workshop time with me
- Downloadable book (PDF) of the entire course, so you can keep and refer back to the lessons at any time
On all weekdays, you will receive a new lesson via email. All enrolled students will have the opportunity to share their photos, comments, and creative thoughts in a private Google+ group--an online "classroom" dedicated just to this course. On the weekend, I'll send you mini-workshop lessons. You also can catch up on any lessons you missed and continue to post your photographs and comments in our Google+ classroom. You will have access to the group's classroom for as long as you remain a member in it, even after the course ends, should you decide to keep in touch with your classmates. (FYI: My students from previous courses are still posting their work and interacting in our online classrooms.)
"Thank you so much, Joy. This class was fantastic! It was challenging but super-fun, too, and I loved the way each lesson revealed another piece of the big picture. Your classes have been a huge influence on my artistic growth and on my confidence. Please keep teaching and blogging!" -- Kat Denton
Throughout the course, I will be using some of my favorite photographs as well as visual references from art history (famous paintings and photographs) so that you can more easily grasp the learning points.
Day 1: Minimalism
- How to strip back the composition for maximum impact
- Minimalist artists and photographers
- Where else to look for guidance and inspiration
Day 2: The Chaos Principle
- How to fill the frame without losing the balance
- Frame-filling artists and photographers who got the balance right
- Where to find the best current examples of organized chaos
Day 3: Color Exploration
- Working in monochrome without monotony
- Using chromatic blends, complementary colors, and neutral shades
- Color inspiration from the masters
- Where to explore colors today
Day 4: Shape-Seeking
- Creating a cohesive image with different shapes
- Artists through history who used shapes to create
- Where to stretch your shape-seeking abilities
Day 5: Intentional Blur
- How to create drama from softness
- Learning from the Impressionists and Expressionists with your camera
- Where you can find more examples today
Days 6 and 7: Weekend Mini-Workshops. On Saturday and Sunday, you'll receive a short lesson to tie the past week's work together. You also can review or catch up on any lessons you've missed, post photos, and interact in our Google+ classroom. I will still be available to you for advice and guidance on both weekend days.
Day 8: Line, Texture, and Depth
- How to create and emphasize the form and space within your images
- Masters through history
Day 9: The Art of the Pattern
- Seeking out patterns in nature
- Creating works of art with photographic patterns
- Professional "pattern-makers" through history
Day 10: Tell Me a Story
- Adding the element of storytelling to your photographs
- Masters of the form
- Where to look for further inspiration
Day 11: Self-Portraiture, Part 1
- The perfect "selfie": How to take beautiful, artful pictures of yourself
- Masters of self-portraiture through history
- Where to view current examples of excellent self-portraits
Day 12: Self-Portraiture, Part 2
- Portraying and defining yourself through objects of love and interest
- Masters of the form through history
- Further resources to check out today
Days 13 and 14: Weekend Mini-Workshops. As on the first weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, you'll receive a short lesson to tie the past week's work together. You also can review or catch up on any lessons you've missed, post photos, and interact in our Google+ classroom. I will still be available to you for advice and guidance on both weekend days.
Day 15: Still Lifes
- How to be your own photo stylist
- Setting up shots cleanly and creatively
- Still life masters through history
- Where to find inspiration today
Day 16: Food Styling
- Tips and tricks to make your food photographs look their most delicious
- Where to learn more and share more of your food photography
Day 17: Playing with Perspective
- How to create a Trompe L'Oeil
- Storytelling with perspective
- Masters of the form
Day 18: Frame It!
- Diptychs, triptychs, and other classic groupings
- Finding themes that work perfectly together
Day 19: Final Thoughts/Next Steps
- How can you continue to develop as a photographer?
Days 20-27: Class workshop time to work in-depth with me and wrap up lessons.
What You'll Need:
- A digital camera or a smart phone (it doesn't matter what type).
- Access to a computer where you can upload your photographs.
- A Google gmail account, so you can join our private group for the class, post your own photos, and give/receive feedback with the other class members.
Before the class begins, you should know how to upload photographs from your computer (or smart phone) to an online page. Never done that before? This link explains how to upload photos to Facebook, with step-by-step visual directions and a YouTube tutorial. (Uploading photos to Google+ uses the same process.)
Please note: If you do not currently have a Google gmail account and do not want one, you can open an account just for this course and close it right after the course ends, if you choose. However, I think you'll find that the excellent photo resolution and storage capacity on Google+ will greatly add to your enjoyment of photography, and you'll find thousands of extremely talented photographers to help you learn and grow.
If you're unsure how to open a free gmail account, I will guide you through it.
What level photographer is this course intended for?
- This is an intermediate level course.
- If you've already taken my first course, How to Take Better Photos of Nature and the World Around You, this is the perfect follow-up course for you!
- If you haven't taken the first course, but already are very comfortable with the basics of photography (composition, lighting, focus, etc.) as well as post-processing your own images with online applications (such as PicMonkey or PhotoShop), then you will do just fine in this course.
Will there be any assignments?
Each weekday will have an assignment, but you are under no obligation or schedule to complete it. The assignments are merely suggestions to improve your experience in the class and get constructive, positive feedback from me and your classmates. Do as much as you wish, but please know that the more you participate, the more you will get out of the course.
What if I miss a daily lesson?
There is no set time for you to be "in class." You will be sent an email with the password-protected site each morning, and you can check it at your leisure. If you miss a day or two of reviewing lessons and posting, don't worry. Catch up and post to the online classroom when you can. The weekend between the lessons is an ideal time for catching up on anything you might have missed, and you'll have one full week of in-depth workshop time with me after the last lesson is sent out.
What if I have a full-time job?
That's fine, and it's one of the best parts of participating in an online course instead of a traditional course in a classroom. If you miss a day or two of lessons due to a heavy work schedule, just catch up when you can. This is basically a self-paced course, so you will get out of it what you can put into it.
How do I pay for this course?
You can securely pay with PayPal at the bottom of this page (once enrollment opens). If you don't have a PayPal account, it's free to open one and easy to sign up.
The cost of the course covers:
- 15 weekdays of in-depth lessons and 4 weekend days for mini-workshops/ reviews/critiques. Each written weekday lesson is two to four pages, and then we meet in our private, online "classroom" to work through the lessons via your photographs. (I will give you positive, constructive advice to guide you along and improve your work, instead of just saying, "Nice shot!")
- 7 days of additional classroom workshop time to catch up on any lessons or revisit ones you particularly enjoy.
- Lifetime access to our online classroom where you can post your photographs and discuss them with your fellow students and with me.
- A downloadable book (PDF) of all lessons, that you can keep and refer to whenever you like.
- Ongoing advice and guidance from me about your photographs during the course and beyond. (Just because the class ends doesn't mean your development as a photographer ends, so I regularly check in with my previous students in our online classrooms.)
What if I'm not located in the United States?
I'm happy to welcome students from around the world, and since it's an online course, there is no specific time for you to be "in class." Previous sessions of my photography e-courses have included students from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
PayPal will convert any foreign currency to U.S. dollars.
Do I need to buy anything?
No. Suggested texts will be recommended to you, but you can find them at the library (which I fully recommend) or preview their contents online when available through Amazon.
Will refunds be offered?
(I'm including this just for legal reasons--nobody's ever wanted a refund. In fact, quite the opposite: I've been told that the course was worth more than the price paid for it.) Due to the digital nature of this course, I cannot offer refunds, so please ask me any questions or let me know any of your concerns before you register, by emailing me at JoyfullyGreen.email@example.com. Depending on your own background and personal experience with photography, there may be certain days when you might already know some of the information being shared in the lesson. However, you still will be able to connect to the group, enjoy the class community, and share your images and experiences with photography.
Since July 2012, I've been the sole photographer at the blog JoyfullyGreen.com. If you are unfamiliar with my blog, I encourage you to take a look through the archives at my photographs, as well as the collection of my favorites for sale at society6.com/JoyfullyGreen.
My specialty is nature and fine art images. The vast majority of the comments I've received since I started my blog have been about my photographs. In fact, one of the commenters said, "You take insanely gorgeous photographs!" (I thought about calling this course "How to Take Insanely Gorgeous Photographs" but in the end, I decided to take a slightly lower-key approach!)
In March 2014, I introduced my first online photography course, How to Take Better Photos of Nature and the World Around You. Since then, I've taught that course several times and have added four more online photography courses to my roster (including The Charm of Children: How to Take Better Photos of Babies and Kids; Beyond Auto Mode: How to Really Work Your DSLR Camera; Soul Focus: Finding Peace Through Photography; and this Art of Photography course), with uniformly positive and enthusiastic feedback from students.
I've been taking photos for about four decades, ever since I was a little girl and received my first Kodak Instamatic camera for a Christmas present at the age of 7. Before my senior year at Vassar College (where I majored in Art History), I was a photography counselor at Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, CT, where I helped instruct high school students in photography (including darkroom development--anybody remember those days?). I have taken traditional courses in Black and White Photography, Landscape Photography, and Digital Photography in Philadelphia, as well as Visual Art and Design courses at Parsons School of Design in New York.
All of which is to say...I'm ready to guide you on your photographic journey, so let's get started!
To register for the next session of this course, scheduled for Monday, April 24 through Friday, May 19, 2017, click the "Buy Now" button below.
SPACES ARE LIMITED.
Regular rate after April 14: $149
Early Bird Rate (save $20): $129
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