Discover Los Angeles from the ground up by learning to look at and photograph its buildings. In this class you will learn the basics of film cameras: aperture, shutter speed, iso and how to process black and white film and print photos in the darkroom. We will also cover digital photography and image composition before heading out to explore some of LA’s most iconic buildings. We will take the metro to downtown LA for a day of street and architectural photography; we’ll visit Grand Central Market, Union Station, and take Angel’s Flight to get a perspective on downtown from above. We’ll draw upon the work of architectural photographers to talk about framing and how to create aesthetically dynamic images. Should people be included in your photograph? How does the natural world interact with the built environment? We’ll also spend some time on landscape photography and composition, with possible field trips to the LA River, Griffith Observatory, and Topanga Canyon. The final project will require each student to produce five images from a location of his or her choice.
George Mauser and Nora Sweeney