Photo Composition and Editing

Tuesdays, July 7th – August 11th, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Online via Zoom

Length: 6 weeks, 2 hour per week
Cost: $89

This is a six-week course designed for hobbyist photographers who are looking to create, or improve upon, a photographic series. This class will provide support to help you realize your photographic voice and create a body of work that expresses your personal vision or tells a story. There are no limits when it comes to subject matter and you will be encouraged to photograph something that you are passionate about or that excites and interests you. Former students have made photographic bodies of work about their families or members of their community while others have focused the natural landscape, abstracting the world, and even self-portraiture.   

Sessions will be heavily critique based and students will be expected to share their work and ideas and the intentions behind what they create. In addition, you will be expected to view the work of your classmates with a critical eye and provide constructive feedback to help them build a strong body of work. A survey of photographers will be presented, along with tips and techniques for shooting to help each student develop technical skills. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of their cameras, as this is not a class that focuses on the technical aspects of photo capture. Through studying the creative process, taking chances, creating new work each week, class review, and thoughtful editing, students will see their ideas grow into a body of photographic work.

About the instructor

Adam Donnelly is an artist and educator who currently resides in New York City. His work focuses on DIY and alternative photographic processes, and he has exhibited on both coasts. He is interested in how materials, process, and concept can intersect in the creation of art. Adam has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and he currently works as the Studio Manager in the BFA Photography & Video Department at the School of Visual Arts. He was an exhibiting artist in “Digital Nature 2019” at the LA Arboretum, which was supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, a Visiting Artist at The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose in 2015 and an Artist-In-Residence at Rayko Photo Center in 2014. Selected exhibitions include Santa Cruz Museum, Santa Cruz, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, Creative Center of Photography, Los Angeles, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City Texas, and Converse Headquarters, North Andover, MA. He has taught and lectured at various institutions throughout the Bay Area.