Summer Intensive 2016 – Week 7 Recap


Week 7. There is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel at this point in the program. Although to our students, the workload and overwhelming nature of it all, it might make them feel like the tunnel will go on forever! But day by day and with one foot in front of the other, they keep on making progress on their way to becoming professional photographers.

So what happened this week? Well, all students received their final assignment from Marcy centered around the idea that “every photo is a self portrait.” Now they are tasked with creating three to seven images that tell a story with that theme in mind. By the time it’s due, one of them must be framed or presented in some way. This is where the last part of the summer gets (even more) interesting. The work that is about to be created and shown is going to be deep, emotional and powerful. From 28 years of experience, we have learned that our students really swing for the fence with this assignment.

This week we also covered self-portraiture, animal photography and advanced Lightroom techniques, which include methods of troubleshooting when things go awry. Tony Rizzuto taught everyone about macro photography and led a field help session to allow students to practice what he taught. Many beautiful images of flowers were created!!! In the studio they learned advanced product photography techniques and spent time tweaking lights and reflectors to make products pop. To learn about some photo history Marcy led a course at Missoula’s famed Roxy theatre. Such a fun class. And last but not least on Friday each student presented their midterm slideshow to the group. Popcorn was popped, candy was eaten, and a steady stream of images were devoured by everyone in attendance.