Photography from Concept to Print to Gallery


Photograph by Barbara Tyroler

This is a personal projects class, designed for serious students who are interested in advancing their technical photographic skills and evaluating and defining the focus and concept of a unique and personal approach to the many aspects of the medium of still photography. From landscape to portraiture, fine art to social justice photojournalism, commercial and studio practices, in refining the concept, workshop participants will strengthen their portfolios to pursue the appropriate venue and audience for sharing, distributing, and exhibiting their work. Instruction includes advanced Photoshop, Adobe Bridge and Raw Converter to organize and adjust digital images, (sorting, rating and metadata; tonal and color correction and retouching), critique and evaluation, preparation for an exhibition statement, publicity and marketing, framing and image presentation, community research for a working project that will result in an exhibition or alternative space with an educational forum for sharing work with a targeted public. Students from Concept to Gallery Classes with CDS may be invited to participate in the October 2020 CLICK photo festival. (12 hours/All Levels)


 For those who wish to use the Center’s digital lab, they must have completed Harlan Campbell’s Printing class or the equivalent. Working knowledge of their cameras. Basic photo editing skills.

Barbara Tyroler is a fine-art image maker who uses photography in collaborative multimedia art projects that address social and cultural issues. With an MFA in digital art and an MEd in special education, Tyroler served on the University of Maryland art faculty, teaching Lens-Based Critical Theory and Studio Lab in Digital and Traditional Photography. The recipient of over thirty-five arts and community development grants, she founded the university’s Photographic Arts Outreach Program, which provided students with grant-funded field placement opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. Now living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she teaches independent photography seminars and weeklong photo retreats on visualization and creativity. She is a founding member of FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, where she coordinates and designs programs for the community outreach gallery. She is the cofounder of CLICK! Triangle Photography Festival, originally known as FRANK:inFocus. As a freelance public arts and documentary photographer, she provides imagery for nonprofits that serve children and families. Her recent project, Rockin’ the Spectrum, an award-winning public arts commission about autism, was photographed with the Adapted Aquatics program in Chapel Hill and is permanently installed in their building.

Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Rogers spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

Additional information:
Class will not be held on Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend). After the first class, an alternate date will be scheduled to accommodate as many students as possible.


Add Section Location Ages Grades Instructor Dates Days Times Fees Details Open