Photography as a Second Language


This class is designed to teach basic photography skills to new or non-photographers, especially documentarians in other mediums who feel that photography can add depth to their projects. The course will start by surveying how photography works, choosing a camera, understanding the differences between film and digital, and how to take control of “smart” cameras. We will study the basics of exposure, shutter speed, composition, and other core principals, as well as cover the basics of post-production, editing, sequencing, and artist’s statements. Students will learn the tools and tricks of harnessing photography for storytelling via assignments that challenge them to produce works of photographic problem-solving. They will then present and critique one another’s work, with a short photo story as a final project. (16 hours/All levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel HiIl. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. He moved to New York City for nine years and then returned to New Orleans in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, where he co-founded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina in 2009, he has lectured widely and taught classes at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Lankard developed the FRANK: In Focus Photography Festival that took place throughout the Triangle in fall 2012.


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