CSU Arts: Photographic Storytelling with Light & Color

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Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014 in Monterey, CA (accomodations provided)
Application Deadline: May 16, 2014
Full Scholarships available!

  • Master creative control of digital cameras, exposure, software workflow, and image preparation and presentation.
  • Create a photography portfolio that is self-expressive, visually sophisticated, and professionally prepared with images based on personal experience and storytelling.
  • Learn advanced manipulation of digital cameras based on time of day, light quality, and light direction.
  • Experiment with the narrative potential of photography through creative problem-solving photography exercises and critiques.
  • Learn advanced Photoshop® skills to optimize images for light and color and inkjet printing.
  • Explore ways to market work in both fine art and documentary markets and present work for gallery exhibitions, websites, and publications.
  • This course will culminate in a public exhibition of student work.

Undergraduate: ART 425, 3 units
Graduate: ART 625, 3 units


Students must have a working knowledge of how to use manual mode on their own digital SLR camera, how to download and edit their images using image-editing software, and how to use Photoshop CS6® software for image optimization.

1)      Submit a one-page essay describing your interest in this course and a portfolio of 10 fine art or photojournalism JPEG photos on a CD or DVD, or include a link to your portfolio on a website with the application.
2)      Send the materials listed in step one with your completed Registration Form to the Summer Arts office by May 16, 2014.

Professor Nicole Jean Hill


Aline Smithson – www.alinesmithson.com
After a career as a New York fashion editor and working alongside the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson now creates award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including Photo District News (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. She was awarded Honorable Mention for Excellence in Teaching through CENTER for 2012, and was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition.

Holly Andres www.hollyandres.com
Holly Andres is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Runner’s World, W, Art in America, Artforum, Exit Magazine, Art News, Modern Painters, Oprah Magazine, Elle Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Blink, and Art Ltd. – which profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Istanbul, Turkey, and Portland, Oregon. She has commercial representation through Hello Artists, and gallery representation through Robert Mann Gallery (New York City), Charles A. Hartman Fine Art (Portland), Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta), and the Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco).

David H. Wellswww.davidhwells.com
David H. Wells is a freelance photographer affiliated with Aurora Photos and is a photo educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in intercultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. His work has been featured in one-person exhibits at Brown University, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. His work has been part of group exhibitions at the Houston FotoFest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. He has taught classes at the University of Pennsylvania and workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and Maine Media Workshops. Recently he was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.” His photo-essays have been funded by fellowships from Nikon/NPPA, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Erika Gentry www.erikagentry.com
Erika Gentry specializes in digital imaging, photography, education, multi media arts, and fine art printing in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital work-flow. She has worked in freelance photography, magazine and book picture editing, art direction, advanced digital post-production, web design, and as a curator and educator. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The San Francisco Art Institute, Foothill College, City College of San Francisco, and Rayko Photo Center. She is currently a full time faculty member at the City College of San Francisco.

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