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Course Spotlight: Shooting Like the Masters, a History of Photography

Curious how photography courses work in an online environment? What kind of lectures, assignments and discussion are there?

Take a look below at some sample materials from upcoming course Shooting Like the Masters: A History of Photography.

Canvas

Online courses don’t meet in real time, so there is no specific time you have to be in front of the computer. The first week of class, log in at your convenience. You’ll see a welcome from instructor Clover Leary, who will walk you through how to navigate the class, where to look first, and how the weeks are scheduled. Then you’ll add your own introduction, including your interests and goals for the class. You can include a picture of yourself as well!

 

Assignments

Each week will include a creative assignment that you’ll submit to the group for student and instructor critique. Here’s the first assignment for History of Photography.

Portraiture
• For this assignment you will be turning in two different Portraits inspired by two different photographers.
• Include a brief description with each photograph: (50-100 words) describe the photographer and how you chose to emulate their portraiture techniques. Note: You may offer a completely contemporary interpretation in your work, but if so please
explain how you chose to references the stylistic qualities of the photographers you chose.
• Choose to emulate the stylistic qualities of two of the following photographers:

Hill & Adamson Nadar

Andre Disderi

William Henry Fox Talbot

Julia Margaret Cameron Mathew Brady

Carefully analyze the photographers’ methods: Study the lighting, composition, backgrounds, camera angle, props and costume elements etc.
You should carefully consider what light sources you want to employ:
If you are using natural light what time of day do you want to photograph?
Do you want to use overcast light or the harder light on a clear day?
Do you want to shoot in shade, filtered light or direct light?
If you are shooting indoors, are you using light from a window, lamps, or both?
Are you also using flash?

Lectures

Instructors create their own slide lectures for class, which may include images, audio or video. Here are some slides from the first lecture for History of Photography.

Discussion

Students can chime in on the discussion board to comment on each other’s work, ask questions, and contribute to class discussion. Discussion in an online course is just as important as an in-class environment!

If you’d like to try an online photography class, History of Photography will begin on April 2! Enroll online, or at (310) 825-9971. To learn more about the class, call our office at (310) 206-1422.

UX Internship at LegalZoom

UX Internship (Paid 8-10 weeks)

Utilize your design thinking skills and further your career as a User Experience Designer while working within a customer-focused, mobile-centric, cross functional team on our core business services. You’ll get hands-on experience working as an in-house UX Designer building extraordinary products for our customers.

You’ll join a team of talented and creative designers, engineers, marketers, and product managers on a mission to change how small businesses start and grow. You will report directly to the Manager of UX in the Glendale office and will have exposure to a wide range of complex projects.

 What you’ll do:

  • Assist in conducting and drawing insights from user research
  • Participate in UX design workshops, team design reviews, and brainstorming sessions
  • Sketch, prototype, and iterate quickly to create a shared vision to be implemented by your team
  • Sharpen your technical skills while mastering and learning new tools and methods to develop and grow your skills as a UX professional
  • Bring innovative ideas to the table in a collaborative and encouraging environment that supports new and emerging talent

Requirements for consideration:

  • Current undergraduate student or certificate candidate majoring in HCI, UX Design or other design related field
  • A professional-level portfolio of wireframe sketches to high-fidelity comps demonstrating a keen eye for detail and an awareness of modern web, mobile, and app trends
  • Familiarity and some experience with the design life cycle and agile methodologies
  • You are collaborative and a resourceful self-starter that cares deeply about and wants to understand the customer’s motivations
  • Must be able highly collaborative and have the ability to clearly rationalize and justify your design decisions

This is a full-time summer internship with a pay rate of $15/h. For more details, and to apply, contact Chris Remmers: cremmers@legalzoom.com.

Course spotlight: AR/MR/VR for Immersive Content: Experience, Game & Media

We’re thrilled to be offering coursework this spring in Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality as we ramp up our game design course offerings. Instructor Jason Yim tells us all about what students can expect in this exciting course:

Why is this course important for my design education?

AR/MR will become the next computing paradigm. Just like smart-phones and apps changed human behavior and our connection to technology in a matter of years, AR/MR will have the same global effect. Secondly, designing for AR/MR/VR is very different from print or normal design for screen space. The user experience is played out over 3D space and blends with the physical environment, resulting in its own design language and best practices. And lastly, the case studies and guest speakers in this course will offer access and visibility into some of the world’s biggest brands and clients.

Do you have a sample assignment we’ll be working on?

Students will develop and present a concept for a real-world client and brief in mind. During this process they will create a prototype for user-testing in order to validate their concept. The prototype format will depend on the skill set of the student:
• Non-design students can create a paper mock up
• Digital Designers can create a click-through prototype
• 3D artists can produce a POV video
• Coders can create a working UNITY prototype
We will have a dedicated “user-testing” day for students and guests to review each other’s work and to capture results and insights.

What will I take away from this course?

You’ll feel like you spent 11 weeks IN the industry and not just learning about it from the outside.

Day one will start by giving you hands on access to several AR/VR/MR devices. By the end of the course, you will leave with an appreciation of the real-world challenges and opportunities from case-studies and guest speakers as well as your own personal experience developing, prototyping and testing a concept.

Thanks so much, Jason!

Enroll in AR/MR/VR for Immersive Content: Experience, Game & Media today!

 

Course Spotlights: Photographic Portraiture and The Business of Photography

Instructor Todd Bigelow shares insight on his fall quarter courses, Photographic Portraiture and The Business of Photography:

Why are these courses important for my photography education?

Portrait photography is, without a doubt, the type of work most commonly associated with commercial, corporate and editorial photography. To put it another way, a good photographer will shoot portraits for a wide variety of clients. Although the use may vary, the need for strong portraits is constant. For example, corporations hire photographers to shoot portraits of employees to promote on their website and printed materials, for use in marketing materials and corporate campaigns and even for annual reports. Magazines of all kinds hire photographers to shoot everyone from celebrities to the average citizen for stories and profiles while ad agencies hire portrait photographers to promote a client’s products or services. Now, when you really break this down, you have TWO critical parts: First is the need to learn how to create a variety of portraits to fit specific needs and the second is to learn how to develop those clients and create a business relationship. By combining the Portrait Photography course and The Business of Photography Workshop, students get the full picture that will enable them to pursue a career in photography.

Do you have a sample assignment for each?

The Portrait Photography course is designed with practicality in mind. I’m a working photographer who is bringing 25 years of experience into the classroom, so the assignments reflect what students will typically encounter in the profession. For example, I will assign a variety of portraits to be shot while honing in on key elements such as the use of natural light or control of the background through depth of field and composition. Great portrait work is not the result of secret techniques or super advanced knowledge, it’s really about excelling at the fundamentals of portrait photography which include light, composition and subject rapport. I also assign conceptual work where the students draw on their own interpretation of a concept (such as Love or Power) and develop a portrait that reflect the concept either literally or figuratively. For example, the image here was shot to reflect the concept of “toughness.”

As for The Business of Photography, we go into details on what is required if you truly wish to create a freelance photography career. This course has been taught all over the country and presented at major photography conferences in Florida, New York, Virginia and elsewhere and has been named several times as one of the best photo workshops worldwide by Photoshelter, so it’s value to photographers is real. Photographers must learn how to not only develop a portfolio, but how to leverage that portfolio to develop clients and create licensing revenue. One thing photographers learn immediately when developing an advertising, editorial or corporate client is that you will need to sign a contract. I present a number of real contracts and break the important sections down so my students will know what to expect and how to negotiate. We also discuss at length the need to copyright your work and protect against others using your work without consent or pay, a real problem in the profession. I also provide real, up to date information about creative fees as well as how to structure your business and prepare to pay taxes as a self employed person. For more detailed information as well as student testimonials, please visit www.BusinessOfPhotographyWorkshop.com.

What will I take away from these courses?

Students who enroll in the Portrait Photography course will walk away with a very strong foundation to create a variety of portraits. We incorporate a full day in a well equipped studio where students can play with various lighting set ups, but students will understand upon completion that creating portraits is more about the subject than it is about the equipment. That’s the key difference between Portrait Photography and, say, Studio Lighting. We concentrate on subject first and equipment second. Students who enroll in The Business of Photography Workshop will ingest a wealth of practical knowledge that will help them navigate the world of freelance photography as a career. This course is essential to photographers seeking to earn money using their technical and creative skills.

Thanks, Todd!

Enroll in Photographic Portraiture and/or The Business of Photography today!

Web Design I at our Woodland Hills Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re thrilled to have our new Woodland Hills location open, to serve students in greater LA areas and communities. One course coming up this summer in Woodland Hills is Web Design I. Taught by Hakon Engvig, this course is an introduction to the world of modern web design. Students are exposed to industry standards and best practices for using HTML and CSS. Students create aesthetically pleasing websites aligned with current design considerations that emphasize user experience (e.g., audience, style, composition, size constraints, web design process). Topics include asset management, image optimization, web hosting, site planning, and the various tools web designers use to produce effective websites that meet industry demands.

Instructor Hakon Engvig

Check out the outline below to see the topics you’ll be covering, and to enroll, click here.

Week 1: UX Design & Intro to Web Coding
Core elements of HTML5, its structure, the use of CSS for appearances, and building a basic web page.
Week 2: Design Process & The Three Selectors
From concept to completion, outlining the work-flow for a website. The three CSS selector types (tags, class, and ID).
Week 3: Wire-framing & Web Imagery
The Mapping problem. Dealing with compression and the various types of images formatted for web to help load-time.
Week 4: Relationships & Links
External CSS, layout intro, linking and how files are connected through the web.
Week 5: Midterm Specifics and Uploading
Dig into CSS, Web-fonts and the specifics needed for the Web App Midterm.
Week 6: Layout & The Grid System
Introduce the grid system and how to utilize floats for website layouts.
Week 7: Custom Fonts and MVP Build
Utilizing custom fonts for a website and practicing work flow with a quick build for review.
Week 8: Sprite Images & CSS Transitions
Utilizing different states of Sprite images for interactivity with CSS hover states and CSS transitions
Week 9: Workshop
Answering specific questions regarding the Final Project
Week 10: Finals & Future
Submit, present and review your final and discuss more
advanced concepts of web design.

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