As a photographer, learning to "shoot with intention" is a life-long process. What do you want to say as an artist? What message do you want your viewers to walk away with? What story do you want to tell with your photography?
This class focuses on exploring what inspires each of us individually, then following that inspiration to create intentionality in our photography. We’ll learn visual tools to help create meaning within our work; how perspective, composition, use of light, color, shadow, gestures and “moment” can be used to create harmony, tension, curiosity or humor in your photographs.
Class will involve shooting every day, viewing examples of other photographers from a wide array of photo books, and sharing photos each day for group feedback. By the end of this week we’ll be looking at the world around us in a new way!
You don’t have to know what you want to say as an artist in order to take this class. Part of the process is observing our outer and inner worlds to identify what is important to you; what sparks your interest, what moments you’re most drawn to. This is a photo class that meets you where you are whether you are a total beginner or experienced photographer.
Note: Students taking this class may use their own camera, their cell phone as a camera, or both.
For photographers wanting to take their creative control to the next level, Molly will be available outside of class to help them get started with the manual settings on their camera.
Meet your Instructor
Molly Menschel is a writer and photographer who has worked with photography students from all over the world. With a background in creative writing, documentary radio and photography, she has taught oral history and audio production to teens and adults, leads multimedia storytelling workshops and offers photography classes and individual mentoring, both in-person and online. Her philosophy of teaching focuses on guiding artists to connect with their own source of inspiration. In her photography classes she emphasizes shooting from a place of inner listening, identifying the visual and emotional elements that draw you to making certain photos, and learning how to see the world around you in a new way. She lives in Colorado with her four children and has spent many summers on the shores of Long Lake!