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Exploring Composition

June 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - July 16, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

photography composition class

Exploring composition through still life, portrait and landscape. In this course we will explore the ingredients that make up great photographs through the topics of Still Life, Portrait and Landscape. We will look at and discuss the photographs of some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st century, to give inspiration in facilitating your own ideas and vision. Composition is an important tool to master in making photographs communicate visually. Lectures and weekly assignments will be given to assist each photographer in understanding the relationship between composition, lighting, F-stops and shutter speeds. Assignments will be given in black and white and color. SLR and DSLR cameras are welcome. Point and shoot cameras are not acceptable for this course. Come and explore your creativity in this course and you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge on how to make photographs that are uniquely yours! It’s not just about looking but also seeing! Please note: This class is taught in sequential order, it is critical for students to commit to all of the meetings. Students will participate and benefit as a group from this shared information, assignments and critiques throughout this course.

Price: $190.00 (Standard charge)

Ages: 18 and up

Registration Dates: Standard registration opens: May 18, 2019 10am
Internet registration opens: May 18, 2019 10am


June 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
July 16, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
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Susanna Lamaina
Suzun Lucia Lamaina received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MA from San Francisco State University. An independent scholar, social documentary photographer and teacher, her work focuses on making portraits that reveal the interconnectedness of her subject’s essence and the surroundings in which they live. A former colleague and student of noted Farm Security Administration photographer John Collier, Jr., as well as studying with California photographer Pirkle Jones, Suzun is acutely aware of the language of photography and the role it plays in providing us with a discourse about visual communications. A respected educator, Suzun was awarded “Teaching in Excellence” from the University of California, Santa Cruz Art and Design Extension program for her dedication to teaching. She is an alchemist; her studio courses focus on teaching 19th century photographic processes to a new generation of photographer’s who otherwise would not experience the magic of the darkroom. Her lecture courses on Photojournalism, Social Documentary, Portraiture and Composition overlap many artistic disciplines. They offer a unique and diverse structure to studying photography with a historical and contemporary perspective. Suzun has been teaching for 30 years. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has taught photography at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, the University of California, Santa Cruz Art and Design Extension program, the Walnut Creek Civic Arts program, The San Francisco Center for the Book and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been published in numerous catalogs and is held in the Special Collections Division of the Green Library at Stanford University. In October 2016, Suzun published her first book of contemporary portraits about former members of the Black Panther Party titled: Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers in Portraits and Stories.


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