Beyond the Frame: A Photography Intensive

A view of Dawnbreaker Farms in Orange County, NC, by 2017 Beyond the Frame student Ellie Marshall.

Students will sharpen their ability to use photography for creative storytelling by documenting the small farms that sell at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. Orange County has a rich, diverse agricultural community, and each farm is a unique contributor to the area’s food mix. Each student will be matched with a producer, and together the group will tell the story of this region’s farmers in images.

The class will explore issues of technical proficiency, visual acuity, and composition, as students learn how empathy and personal connection can imbue images with feeling and meaning. This six-day course will include: interpreting subjects' stories; using personal style to tell those stories; shooting in the field; group critiques; editing and post-production; sequencing; and possibly guest speakers and studio/gallery/museum visits. Selected photographs will be published in a print-on-demand book that will be sent to students and subjects after the intensive. (38 hours/All Levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina he cofounded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina, he has helped develop and coordinate what is now the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. His most recent project, “Drawn to Water,” debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.

Additional information:
Students should bring their own cameras, preferably with full manual control (cameras will be provided for those who don't have them). Sunday evening includes a barbecue dinner, and lunch will be provided throughout the week.

Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, June 10: 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 11–14: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, June 15: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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Lankard 6/9 - 6/14 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su 03:00 PM - 09:00 PM $625.00 View

Darkroom Photography: Alchemy in the Digital Age

Photo by Harlan Campbell

This eight-week course covers the foundations of the analog black-and-white photographic process. Students will use 35mm cameras in manual mode, learning principles of exposure such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We will expose film, develop it by hand, and use the negatives to make traditional gelatin silver prints in the wet darkroom. (18 hours/Beginning)

Harlan Campbell is the photography and digital arts associate at the Center for Documentary Studies. He has a degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. While Campbell’s personal work focuses mainly on portraiture, his freelance projects have also included book and album covers. He also specializes in custom printing for artists and galleries.

Additional information:
Students must provide their own camera, film, and photo paper.

Class will not be held on November 22.

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Campbell 11/1 - 12/13 Th 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $285.00 View

Introduction to Editing Digital Photographs

In this course, students will learn how to edit digital photographs using Adobe Photoshop. We’ll cover the basics of image processing, including tonal adjustment, color correction, noise reduction, sharpening, dust and scratch removal, and changing resolution. Students are encouraged to bring their own photos to class as we learn how to prepare images for printing, video, and websites. You will learn how to copyright your work and how to organize and manage your photo collection. As time and interest permit, we will cover how to convert color to black-and-white images (the right way), how to create panoramas from multiple shots, how to remove or add elements to a photo, and how to create scripts in Photoshop to speed up repetitive work. (17 hours/Beginning)

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.

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Rogers 10/30 - 12/11 Tu 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $280.00 View

Portraiture: At the Heart of Documentary Practice (Online)

Portraiture is central to documentary work, whether the subject is a person, animal, plant, object, or place. The class will look at the work of documentary portrait photographers from the US and abroad, investigating different modes of portraiture—including formal, candid, environmental, and extended portraits—and considering elements such as lighting, composition, mood, and story. Through weekly assignments, students will hone their technique, develop their own aesthetic, and build confidence in working collaboratively and sensitively with their subjects. (12 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Rhonda Klevansky is originally from Durban, South Africa. She is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker with a strong interest in using video and photography as tools for advocacy. She contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library, and her photography collaboration with refugees in London, Fragments from Another Life: Refugees, Exiles, and Their Stories, has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Chile. Her video documentaries include Welcome to My Paradise, about sand artists on the beaches of Durban, South Africa; One Band Indivisible, about a marching band at a historically black high school in Durham; and Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance and the Ephemeral, about dancer and choreographer Dan Wagoner. Before moving to the U.S., she worked for television broadcasters in the UK, South America, and South Africa. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and has an MA from Duke. She has written numerous magazine articles and a nonfiction children’s book. See

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

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Klevansky 10/17 - 11/21 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View