Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of camera do I need?
All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. In fact, the simpler, the better! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, camera phones, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. If it makes you happy to shoot with it, you've got the right gear for this class.
Tell me honestly: How good do I need to be for this?
Since Light Atlas is a conceptual photography course (not a technical class), photographers at every level are welcome. It's never too early to start seeing the world like an artist. The only prerequisite is being comfortable with basic camera operations and knowing how to upload images to your computer.
How much time do I need to put in?
We each learn and process information at our own pace, so I’m hesitant to put a number on it, but you’ll likely make the most of this course if you spend about two hours a week on the lessons and your weekly assignment. If you miss a week, you can always catch up at your own pace.
Do I need to be online at specific times?
Because photographers from all different time zones sign up for Light Atlas, there are no live, scheduled lessons that you need to be present for. You’ll get access to new lessons four days a week, but you can dive in at whatever time works best for you.
What happens if I fall behind my classmates?
Online classes are nice and flexible. There’s really no such thing as "falling behind." If you miss a lesson (or a few) because life gets in the way, you can catch up without missing a beat. Art doesn’t unfold on a timetable, so there is absolutely zero pressure to rush or force things in this class. You'll have access to all the lessons for three full years after the live course ends, so you can refer to them as many times as you like.
How does the online group show work?
At the end of our six weeks together, I’ll curate a show of my favorite images produced during our class (every student will be included, though you’re welcome to opt out if you like). The images will be included in a slideshow on my website and highlighted on Instagram (stories, posts, and hashtag gallery). It’s a fun chance to get your work in front of an international community of arts supporters and collectors. If someone wants to purchase a print, I’ll connect you directly with them.
What’s the refund policy?
Light Atlas is a highly-rated course that many students take more than once. If you need to leave class for any reason, your registration is transferrable to another live session of the same course. Because you'll get access to the course and all the course resources (and because you'll get to keep your access for three full years), your registration isn't transferrable to a different course offering, and it isn’t refundable.
I'm an experienced photographer. Is this class a good fit?
Many experienced photographers take Light Atlas to reinvigorate their vision when they're feeling stagnant. Since the class is about overcoming blocks and deepening your relationship with your photography, even photographers with many decades of experience will benefit.