Photography: How to Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

Tighten up your camera straps and get out your thinking caps for a spirited foray into photographic critique and practice. Rick Wright’s two-pronged workshop will center on the practice of good critique: Talking the Talk. To be better photographers, students need to improve their discourse; avoiding easy lines like “I like this,” or “that’s a really nice photo.” In prong one we’ll delve into finding out WHY some images succeed and others do not, as we build up a critical vocabulary together. In prong two of the class, Walking the Walk, Rick will be putting you to the test with various prompts to get you shooting in theme-based ways. Once inside a specific prompt (ex: shadows, passageways, weather, popcorn), students will discover just how bendable and sculptural a camera can be. “Photography is a plastic art,” says Rick!

You will critique each other’s work every session. By the end of the class, Rick hopes you’ll have fused an increasingly critical voice (the “Why” images work) with an expanded, precise, and expressive practice (the “plastic” camera). The two prongs should work in unison and you WILL see gains on both sides, ultimately making you a better image-maker in full control of your medium.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • New, better, more incisive language for discussing photographic imagery

  • Deeper understanding of esthetics, design, and artistic intent

  • How to craft better images, how to be more plastic/sculptural with a camera

  • How to blend your improved critical discourse with better seeing and better camerawork

Required supplies:

  • EITHER: Digital camera: dSLR, mirrorless, point & shoot, or smartphone

  • OR: Film camera, with ability to develop & scan each week

  • Computer to upload and share your images with the class