Hear about Lizzie’s and Peter’s experiences in the 2017-18 Advanced Study program.
1 Hour Consultation
We welcome prospective students to visit our studio for an informal consultation. We’re happy to hear about your photography goals and help you determine if the Advanced Study is the right program for you.
It’s been said that to master an art such as photography, a student must invest 10,000 hours to thoroughly learn the craft. At the Viewfinder Center we agree that “practice makes perfect” but we also believe strongly in „quality over quantity.“
By focusing on seven units of photographic study from March through November, students of Viewfinder’s advanced program work on developing a variety of essential photographic skills. Graduates leave the program with a real working knowledge of their camera and the ability to photograph a variety of subjects in challenging situations. From shooting fast-action sports and portrait subjects to documentary projects and landscape work – this program will challenge the photographer who’s ready for more. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and go beyond the basics with Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study.
Who is it for? What is it like?
This program is perfectly suited for students who prefer a “learn-by-doing“ approach. The advanced program is a combination of weekly evening lessons, monthly practice shoots, conversational review sessions, and individual shooting assignments. It’s interactive, hands-on and fun!
During the first three units, students take on advanced exposure control and work on preparing their RAW photos for print. They study photographic composition to make stronger, more dynamic pictures. This is followed by units on portraiture and studio lighting, landscape photography, documentary projects and sports.
Matt and John both subscribe to a „tell me, show me, let me“ philosophy of teaching. Lessons are hands-on and active. Theory and discussion are interspersed with demonstrations and lots of „now-let’s-do-it“ exercises. Our practical shooting experiences are a great opportunity to practice with instructor guidance. Review sessions provide the much needed feedback to help students challenge themselves and take big steps forward. Individual assignments allow students to finish a unit of study with proof that they’ve mastered new skills and have grown from experience.
Content & Prerequisites
Unit 1: Advanced Exposure Control
Unit 2: Digital Developing & Printing
Unit 3: Creative Composition
Unit 4: Studio Lighting & Portraiture
Unit 5: Action Sports
Unit 6: The Picture Story
Unit 7: Photographing the Landscape
Event: Concludes with a Student Exhibition
- Confident with beginner camera skills such as those learned in our Digital Photography 1-2-3 Course
- Entry level experience with Adobe Lightroom
- Informal enrolment interview with Matt (lead instructor) at Viewfinder Center
The program has been an incredible and intense journey. Not only were we taught a lot of technical stuff, but more importantly we were thrown out into the photography world: photojournalism, sports photography, working with models, all the way to landscape and wildlife photography. You don't spend much time in a classroom. You'll be amazed at the diversity of images you'll produce by the end of term. I'm ready to start some real life photography work now and maybe even turn it into a living. but I will really miss the joy of working with my ADV buddies!
I joined to extend my "photographic vocabulary” and learn the techniques to better express my ideas. That is exactly what this class is about. We spent a little time in the class room, learning the necessary theory and a lot of time in the field putting it into practice. Lots of fun was had on a number of excursions. If you are serious about your photography and want to take it to the next level, then this is the right place for you.