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 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 Alternative Process|
This workshop is designed for the person who already has a working understanding of 19th century photo processes (Cyanotype, Salt Printing, Kallitype, Platinum) and is looking for more guided instruction in a specific process or portfolio. Students will be able to pursue a process previously covered processes and given direct feedback to improve the quality of their images. Topics such as negative making (both digital and analog), paper choice, framing and choosing a process will be covered.
| Advanced Darkroom|
Advanced Darkroom is aimed at expanding artistic control of the fine art print. During this 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.
| Alternative Process|
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.
| Architectural Photography|
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.
| 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 an intensive critique based course designed for artists with well-established projects who need the support of a positive, constructive environment to help complete or further a body of work. Artists are open to work with film or digital; black and white or color, and are encouraged to bring a minimum of 20 work prints to our monthly class for intensive and fast paced feedback. Essential skills and career opportunities will also be addressed including artist statements and calls for entry. This is an advanced course which requires a solid technical foundation in photography as well as established understanding of conceptual and theoretical art practices.
Class meets on the following dates: 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13
| Interior Design Photography|
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.
| 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
| Platinum Printing|
Our own Ron Cowie is an alternative kind of guy and ideal tour guide for this hands-on weekend exploration of arguably the most beautiful process for photographic reproduction ever invented. Students will work with vintage and digital negatives, learn the history of the process and the wide variation of methods used for successful platinum printing. Perfect for both the darkroom aficionado or a tech-weary digital shooter looking to slow down and expand their vision.
| 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.
| Urban Landscape|
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.
| 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.