Our advanced courses refine the technical and aesthetic skills offered in our foundation courses. Through lectures, critiques and assignments, participants will master new visual tools, allowing them to create more dynamic photographs and add their personal artistic stamp to those images.
You will have full access to NESOP's black and white darkrooms, color printing rooms, and digital imaging lab (access to the digital imaging facility is restricted to students taking or who have taken other coureses in our digital imaging classrooms or lab). Facilities are available to workshop students after 5 p.m., Monday–Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Access to these facilities is based on your workshop status and your compliance with the policies and procedures regarding use of our facilities.
Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.
Enroll Now: Please note that enrollment forms are course-specific and may be accessed directly above each course description by clicking on the "click here" link. Enrollment Agreements are only available when a workshop is offered during the current session. If you choose to enroll in any workshop, NESOP is required to provide you with procedures for airing grievances, etc. Please click here for a copy of NESOP's Student Complaint/Grievance Policies and Procedures for workshop students.
Advanced Photography Course Descriptions
The following is a list of workshops that we currently offer at NESOP and have offered in the past. If there's a workshop in which you are particularly interested, please let us know!
|Advanced Color Darkroom|
This is an advanced darkroom-based color printing course designed to assist the student in honing their color printing skills in the color darkroom while at the same time giving them an intensive critique of their color film-based image making, providing guidance in developing a cohesive body of color photographic images. Throughout the 12-week course, each student will meet with the instructor on an individual basis as well as present their work for in-class group critique, in an effort to address and solve aesthetic concerns, both visual and technical, specific to their images. Assignments will be given on an individual basis, each geared to the student’s specific visual and technical needs. The final class will be devoted to final presentations of work done by each student in the class.
Prerequisite: Basic Color Darkroom or equivalent previous experience in the color darkroom.
Advanced Darkroom is the first in a series of two black & white workshops aimed at expanding artistic control of the fine art print. During this first twelve-week period we will explore several advanced negative and print making techniques we can use to bring our creative vision to print. A review of artistic controls in the negative making, the highlight-based printing system, multiple filter printing, color filters in black & white photography, low light photography and selenium processing are some of the topics we will study.
Prerequisite: Students should know how to develop film and make a print in the darkroom. Basic Darkroom at NESOP or two years of black & white negative and printmaking are strongly suggested for this workshop.
|Advanced Night Photography|
Photographing at night offers both unique challenges and a wealth of creative opportunities. This ten-week workshop has been designed for students who have taken the basic Night Photography workshop and are looking to deepen their understanding of the field by experimenting with advanced techniques such as image stacking, HDR (using a variety of techniques), and further exploration of light painting or light drawing. We will learn to plan pre-visualize our images, and work to develop images from concept to successful execution, while working towards developing a recognizable style. There will be several class sessions dedicated to field work, but as students will be asked to develop a thematic project during the course, it is expected that students will also photograph outside of class. Additionally, there will be a class session devoted to developing night images in the “digital darkroom” as well as an opportunity to print images in preparation for the final class. Those wishing to work with film may access the traditional darkrooms during these digital lab sessions, and guidance with film exposure and development will be provided. Throughout the workshop, there will be several review and critique sessions and by the end of the course each student should have begun a clearly defined Night Photography project that can be developed into a portfolio.
Prerequisite: Night Photography workshop or equivalent experience.
This class studies and practices 19th century photo processes. We will explore salt printing, cyanotype, platinum printing, pinhole photography and more. These processes require a deeper level of connection with materials and are a jumping-off point to a world of greater creativity. Class time will be divided into demonstration, lecture, class critique and guest speakers. In short, this class hopes to create a safe space where you can take a chance, play and fall back in love with photography. Students are expected to bring negatives and purchase their own materials for each process they wish to explore beyond the demonstration.
In this 10-week workshop, students will learn to create dynamic images of architectural interiors and exteriors. Extensive demonstration of Photoshop techniques showing perspective correction, ways to extend dynamic range and a variety of other essential skills will help students learn to create professional looking images. Through weekly analysis and discussion of different photographic styles within architectural photography, students will begin to understand the array of creative possibilities when approaching architectural subjects. Students must have proficiency with their digital SLR camera and have access to a tripod. Additionally, to benefit the most from this workshop, students should have access to a recent version of Photoshop.
Prerequisites: Digital Camera I or equivalent experience
|Architectural Photography on Location|
In this 10-week workshop, students will learn to create dynamic images of architectural interiors and exteriors. This expanded 50-hour workshop offers the same technical content as our shorter, evening Architectural Photography workshop, with numerous in-class on-location shooting opportunities added throughout the course, providing students with a valuable experiential learning component. The course will also provide extensive demonstration of Photoshop techniques showing perspective correction, ways to extend dynamic range and a variety of other essential skills will help students learn to create professional looking images. Through weekly analysis and discussion of different photographic styles within architectural photography, students will begin to understand the array of creative possibilities when approaching architectural subjects. Students must have proficiency with their digital SLR camera and have access to a tripod. Additionally, to benefit the most from this workshop, students should have access to a recent version of Photoshop.
Prerequisite: Digital Camera I or equivalent experience
|Business and Marketing for Wedding Photography|
This intense course will provide students with the advanced business and marketing skills specific to the wedding photography industry. Through weekly lectures, in-class guests and studio visits, students will be exposed to many different approaches to running a successful wedding photography business. The essential tools of the wedding photographer will be identified and the concepts of always being professional and prepared will be stressed throughout the course. From consultations, contracts and pricing to self-promotion, marketing and working with vendors, all aspects of the business of wedding photography will be addressed.
This is an advanced color printing course designed to assist the student in honing their color printing skills while at the same time giving them one-to-one critique on individual photographs or guidance in developing a cohesive body of color photographic images. The instructor will meet with each student weekly, on an individual basis. In these individual critiques, the discussion will address and solve aesthetic concerns, both visual and technical, specific to their own images. Two of the twelve classes will give the students the opportunity to present their work to the rest of the class enabling them to get a wider base of feedback. Assignments will be on an individual basis, each geared to the student's specific visual and technical needs. The final class will be devoted to presentations of work done by each student in the class.
Prerequisite: General Color
|Creative Darkroom Techniques|
This darkroom-based course introduces students to a variety of alternative techniques beyond traditional black and white processes. During the first half of the course, many unique darkroom techniques, including several types of toning, bleaching and hand-coloring, are demonstrated and explored. In the second half, students are encouraged to continue experimenting with these techniques, discovering ways that they enrich their photographs and support the creation of their artwork. Regular analysis of the technical results and group discussions addressing the effectiveness of the techniques on the final images are consistent components of this course.
Prerequisite: Basic Darkroom or equivalent experience.
|Electronic Marketing for Photographers|
In this course, students will learn the underlying fundamentals necessary in developing a successful electronic marketing strategy for their photography business. Hands-on experience using the electronic tools available today will allow students to develop an electronic business presence that will put them on the path to modern success. Weekly lectures and demonstrations will help students learn to use social media and social marketing to present their marketing campaign, join and build electronic communities and learn effective search engine optimization. This course requires students to have a clear understanding of who their customers are and what their product offers, therefore, successful completion of "Advanced Business Development" or "The Leap: How to Move From Amateur to Professional Photographer" is required to enroll in this course.
|Everything About Lenses|
We look and photograph through the camera lens; as the “eye of the camera” it also becomes ours. Discover the true use of focal length; not to just get more or less in the picture, but to actually control the context and meaning of the picture. Through classroom information, hands on student exploration, and a series of specifically designed field exercises with instructor assistance, the course may change the way you use your lenses forever. Cleaning the lens; defining focal length; angle of view; optical perspective; depth of field; lens sharpness; variable aperture and constant aperture lenses; IS/VR lenses, lens hoods; specialty lenses; and the use of filters and tripod are all covered.
Prerequisite: All students must bring a DSLR camera and lenses and be proficient with basic DSLR camera operation. If they have them, they should also bring the following: remote cable release, tripod, laptop, and card reader.
|Fine Art Portfolio & Promotion|
This is a critique-based course designed to assist students in the creation of a fine art photography portfolio and explore effective ways to promote and market their work. Students are open to work with film or digital; black and white or color, and are encouraged to bring a minimum of five printed images to class every week for critique. Essential career skills for professional fine art photographers, such as creating artist statements, answering calls for entry and writing grant proposals will be addressed. Weekly discussions on self-promotion, web-marketing and understanding venues to show and sell work will round out this course for anyone looking to establish themselves in the world of fine art photography. This advanced course requires at least a solid technical foundation in photography.
|High Dynamic Range Photography|
The human eye can see further into highlights and shadows than a camera could normally capture. Even high-end digital cameras can only record a fraction of the details that we can see. However, through the process of high dynamic range (HDR) photography, a photographer can digitally capture multiple exposures of the same scene and merge them digitally, producing images that contain full detail in the highlights, mid-tones and shadows. This course will explain the HDR process in detail and highlight its useful application in a wide range of photographic areas - including architectural, portraiture, product, wedding and fine art. HDR will change the way you think about photography and dramatically improve the quality of your digital images.
Prerequisite: Beginning Digital Camera or a basic proficiency using a digital-SLR camera. Basic computer skills are also recommended.
This workshop is designed to introduce students to the specialized area of interior design photography. Through weekly discussion, analysis of images and demonstration, students will learn essential skills for creative dynamic interior design photographs, including composition, lighting, exposure and post-production. The importance of paying attention to small details, carefully arranging design elements and using architectural design and decorative styles in creating high-impact images will be addressed. Weekly critique of student images will assist them in overcoming challenges and creating strong interior design photographs.
Prerequisite: Students must have a DSLR camera and basic knowledge of DSLR functionality as well as basic proficiency with Photoshop.
|Launching Your Photography Business|
This course is designed to provide an overview to help prepare students, both mentally and literally, to launch their own photography businesses. Topics include understanding the photographer's market, creating a 5-year business plan, self-promotion and marketing tools, portfolio presentation/securing new clients, pricing and providing estimates. Legal and logistical issues addressed include understanding photo usage rights, copyright, model and property releases and other legal forms, invoicing and getting paid, insurance, and tax issues. Discussions will include effective means of preparing to launch your business and ways to stay in business as the photographic industry evolves. This course will also include a brief overview of professional studio lighting and a Photoshop demonstration for architectural, portrait, event, and product photography. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of all of the elements involved in running a photography business.
The word photography means "writing with light," but in this class, students will learn how to paint with light! This hands-on workshop extends the possibilities of night and low light photography by introducing the concept of light painting with hand held portable flash, flashlights and almost any other light source you can think of. The class will begin with an introduction to equipment, techniques and a presentation of light painted images, followed by a studio session where students can experiment with different sources using the light painting technique indoors. The bulk of the class will be spent photographing in the field in different locations. There will also be critiques of images produced during the workshop. Students are expected to have a film or digital SLR camera, tripod, cable release, a couple of flashlights and understanding of their camera and the basic principles of photography.
Prerequisite: Night Photography
New technologies in photography have made Night Photography more accessible and popular than ever. Digital cameras allow for instant feedback that can serve as a guide for determining exposures, but there is more to successful night photography than simply exposure. This class will cover lighting, contrast, atmosphere, equipment choices and subject matter— all important factors in shooting at night. Over the course of the workshop, we will explore the world of night photography with both film and digital cameras, working with the light of the moon as well as with artificial light sources. During the course, participants will create a body of nocturnal images in a variety of locations. From relatively short exposures by streetlight to full moon exposures of an hour or more, we will explore the range of possibilities within this genre.
Please Note: While classroom sessions that meet at NESOP will run from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, location shoots throughout the workshop will begin and end later, as darkness will be required. The structure and timing of these shoots will be discussed during the first class session. Additionally, please be aware that there is a substantial amount of information that will be provided during the first class. Many subsequent classes will take place on location, so it is crucial that all enrolled students attend the first class session. If you are unable to attend the first class, we highly recommend that you consider waiting to take the course when it is offered in a future workshop session.
Prerequisite: Fundamental digital or analog camera functionality. Students must have an SLR camera with a bulb setting, a tripod and a cable release.
*Class meeting time will vary
|The Business of Wedding Photography - 2 Day|
Sales and marketing is as integral to the success of your wedding photography business as the images you create. In this two-day intensive workshop you gain an understanding of the business elements essential to success in this industry. This workshop will help you clarify your business vision, enabling you to effectively define your wedding photography business and efficiently attract your ideal client. Through lecture and discussion, you will be able to solidify your pricing and sales strategy, allowing you to meet your financial and lifestyle needs. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to help you put together a realistic sales and marketing plan that you can implement to help keep you on track and achieve success in the wedding photography industry.
|The Dirty Dozen: 12 Essential Truths about Light and Exposure|
12 hours, 12 topics to solidify your foundations in exposure for digital photography, and maybe even change your life. Master the truths about exposure to instill more confidence in your photography and ensure more consistent results even in challenging situations. Develop a thorough understanding of metering, meter modes, and the information provided by the histograms and “blinkies”. Learn to maximize the information in each file to minimize the need for post production. If you have problems with exposure, this weekend class is for you!
Required Equipment: DSLR Camera, lens(es), media card, two charged camera batteries, camera instruction manual, remote release, lens cleaning supplies.
Prerequisite: All students must be proficient with basic DSLR camera operation.
|The Leap: How to Move From Amateur to Professional Photographer|
You have the camera and you have honed your skills; now, develop the tools you need to make the leap to become a professional photographer. This class will examine the current business models that dominate the professional photography industry. We will study the business tools necessary to start and operate a profitable business and we will examine new opportunities that technology offers today’s photographer. Whether your goal is a part-time business or a full-time career, weekly assignments will culminate in you crafting your own business plan, enabling you to launch your business and realize your dream. This is a business class for photographers who want to be in business for themselves.
|The Next Step: Getting Your Work Out There|
You’ve made some incredible images… but, now what? This information-packed weekend workshop will help you discover everything you need to know about getting your work out into the world through a wide variety of different channels, including: juried exhibitions, contests, blogs, and alternative opportunities. Throughout the two-day course, participants will examine numerous sources to find a wide variety of calls for entry, effectively learn to assess which calls are worth entering, understand submission requirements (file formats, resolution, color space, file size, FTP, etc), and learn to determine which images make for strong submissions. The course will also address the submission of support materials, including artist statements, bios and artist’s resumes and students are encouraged to bring any support materials that they may have already created to class for critique.
It’s all around us, and it invites us to look at it deeply with a camera—how do you visually define landscape? Intended for intermediate students with a working knowledge of the basic techniques of photography and comfort with darkroom and digital practices, this workshop moves you toward developing your own landscape vision. We will combine critiques of weekly assignments with an overview of the techniques and hardware involved in landscape photography in an urban environment. Topics covered will include camera choices, a short photo history of the urban landscape, format choice, the finished print, the creative use of lenses, exploring color and developing a workflow to support personal work. Students will be expected to select and complete a short project.
Prerequisites: Students in this class should already be comfortable with digital or film SLR camera operation.
|Using the Zone System|
In this class, the goal is to close the gap between the photographer’s experience of taking the photograph and what ultimately radiates from the final print. The first step is to realize than an increased understanding of film exposure and development is not simply technical, but is, in the end, a wonderful creative tool, which will alow the photographer’s artistic vision to be more fully realized. As students begin to produce negatives with which they are happy, we will explore some advanced printing techniques using fiber-based paper and selenium toning.
Prerequisite: Basic Darkroom
This class is designed to provide students with a concentrated introduction to the elements essential to the photojournalism portfolio through real world assignments in all the major areas: News (Spot and General), Sports, Features and the Picture Story/Photo Essay (multimedia will be discussed). This course will challenge you to explore the concept of visual journalism and teach you to use your camera as a tool for communication. Our approach is multi-layered, fluid and uncomplicated. We’ll briefly touch on the works of some professionals in the field like James Nachtwey and Paul Fusco, we will embrace the latest technology and we will shoot lots and lots of pictures. These three areas will merge constantly throughout the summer.
|Wedding Photography I|
Through this specialized workshop, Laura Pineda - owner of Alternate Angles Photography - will introduce students to the exciting world of wedding photography. Weekly class discussions will address appropriate equipment, communicating with subjects, photographing under pressure and beyond. Regular in-class shoots will provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of lighting techniques and challenges, posing subjects and working on location. Through numerous critiques, students will refine their image making skills, working toward creating a slideshow of wedding photographs to present to perspective clients.
Prerequisite: Proficiency with fundamental DSLR camera controls and photographic skills as well as the basics of working with flash. Students must have their own DSLR camera with strobe, allowing off-camera capabilities.
|Wedding Photography II|
This workshop is designed to assist individuals interested in running their own wedding photography business. Through weekly discussion, examining case studies and viewing examples, students will learn the components of running a successful wedding photography business. Course topics will include defining your clientele, marketing, promotions, pricing, contracts and beyond. Balancing the challenges of owning your own business with your life will be discussed. While this is primarily a business class - not a shooting class - there will be one in-class location wedding shoot to augment the rest of the course content. This course is designed for photographers already shooting weddings, but looking to develop those skills into a successful business.
Prerequisite: Wedding Photography I or equivalent knowledge.