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This six-week e-course is designed to inspire photographers to develop a stronger, more nuanced vision. Over the course of the class, we'll shake up our seeing, toss patterns out the window, and invite a fresh new vision to emerge. We'll explore what it takes to create poetic, magical, transcendent images filled with heart and soul.
It's easy to make ordinary, lackluster images that fall short of expectations. What is it that sets apart photographers with a strong, compelling vision? How are they seeing the world differently? How can artists up the ante on their work in a meaningful way? We'll dig into this juicy territory for six transformative weeks as we expand conceptual horizons and find styles that inspire new creative expression. The course is an ideal next step for photographers craving more originality and visual mastery in their work. It's time to pick up your camera and throw caution to the wind! Wonderful images await!
LIGHT ATLAS INCLUDES:
Light Atlas includes inspirational readings, audio slideshows, lectures, intimate interviews with visionary photographers, weekly photography projects designed to expand creative boundaries, a lovely community of fellow students, and encouraging daily feedback. Light Atlas includes lessons on:
- Cultivating a more evolved, nuanced vision
- Poetic seeing
- Increasing your creative receptivity
- Making images infused with a sense of magic
- Adding a sense of mystery to your images
- Taking brave creative risks
- Using emotions as creative "lenses"
- Letting go of the fear of doing "different" work
- Creative apps & out-of-the-box post processing
- Wholehearted seeing
- Making open, honest, deeply authentic images
- And: soulful interviews with photographers Heather Evans Smith, Susan Burnstine,
Douglas Beasley, Maro Vandorou, Russel Joslin, and Ervin A. Johnson.
If you choose the mentoring option when you register, the course will also include a phone/Skype call with me and a review of your past photographic work, your website (if you happen to have one), or any portfolios or extra images you'd like to share. Mentoring is a nice opportunity to chat about personal goals and challenges and to map out next steps with more guidance and support. Mentoring sessions are jam packed with ideas, detailed feedback, and actionable, personalized advice.
LIGHT ATLAS IS FOR YOU IF...
Your images feel lackluster. You feel like you're treading the same territory as other photographers and you're ready to up the ante on what you're capable of creating. You want to interpret what you see instead of simply recording it. You're craving more mood, emotion, heart and soul in your imagery. You're tired of the expected modes of doing things, the tried-and-true visual tropes, and you're ready to take your creative expression into your own hands. You want to make images that really matter. You want to fall in love with photography again. You're ready to experiment, to toss old working methods that aren't serving you and reinvent your vision in a fresh, fabulous new way. You're working in a vacuum and you know creative community and conversation would help you thrive.
ABOUT YOUR GUIDE
I'm Laura Valenti, founder of Light Atlas Creative. I help photographers transform their vision and lead vibrant, skillful, wholehearted creative lives.
I draw from a 20+ year career as a photographer, curator, juror, arts director, and educator to help you improve your photography in meaningful new ways.
My teaching centers on clearing creative blocks and cultivating the insight and confidence necessary to make deeply authentic personal work.
Photography is so much more than a technical and mechanical exercise. I'm passionate about helping photographers become visionary artists.
It is my highest calling and greatest joy. Learn more.
WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Light Atlas is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. Four days a week, you'll get access to a healthy dose of photo inspiration in the online classroom, and you'll have one creative photography project to complete each week at your own pace. Unlike a traditional classroom experience, Light Atlas lessons can be taken at any hour of the day or night, whenever it suits you best. You can take the course at 3am in your pajamas, if you like! You can always repeat a lesson if you need to, and there is no such thing as falling behind. You'll have access to all the lessons for at least a year after the course ends.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED?
All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. DSLRs, point-and-shoots, camera phones, view cameras, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. Film shooters should be able to scan images to share in the online classroom.
WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER IS LIGHT ATLAS FOR?
Because Light Atlas is about the creative process, you can photograph in any style or genre. Fine-art, documentary, journalism, street, still life, multimedia, alternative process, digital manipulation - it's all heartily welcomed.
HOW GOOD DO I NEED TO BE?
Since Light Atlas is a creative, conceptual course (as opposed to a technical course), thoughtful photographers at any level may join. Students should be comfortable with basic camera operations, and must know how to upload images to their computers. We’re here to learn – if you feel you have something to learn about the creative process, you’re in the right spot.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE LESSONS?
That depends on you. Some students spend a lot of time making new images and writing thoughtful responses to the prompts in the course, others share brief thoughts and older images that relate to the class themes. You can do whatever feels right.
WHAT'S YOUR REFUND POLICY?
If you need to leave the class for any reason, your registration or purchase is transferrable to another session of the same class, but is not refundable. Because you'll get access to the class and all the class resources (and because you'll get to keep your access for a full year), your registration isn't transferrable to a different class.