Photo by instructor Barbara Southworth
Described as a national treasure, the 15-mile Potomac gorge from River Bend Park to Roosevelt Island is the primary focus of shooting assignments exploring evocative fall landscapes of this beautiful and ecologically significant area. Attention to photographic seeing and refinement of style and vision is emphasized on walks of up to three miles in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Students are encouraged to consider the Potomac images they produce as a body of work or portfolio.
During the initial classroom orientation, photographers discuss locations and plan 3-hour field trips to take advantage of early and (possibly) late light. (Trips typically start at sunrise or may end at sunset.) Participants should bring their calendars and three jpg images on thumb drive to the first session. Schedule details and directions are provided in a follow-up email. Students also examine factors affecting image sharpness.
After two field trips, a class critique to review photographic craft and personal vision, including elements of design, is held. Additional field excursions are followed by a final portfolio review.
If weather prevents a field session, that week's meeting is held in the classroom, or at an informal gallery visit to a relevant exhibition.
Discussion online, on location, and in class may include camera work, current issues, suggested reading, and recommended resources, including Smithsonian offerings. A class blog is available to post images.
Students should have basic photography skills. Any manually adjustable digital or film-based format with camera-appropriate tripod and cable release or remote may be used. Students process film, if used, outside of class time.
The first session of the course meets in the Ripley Center.
Instructor: Barbara Southworth
8 sessions, 3 hours each (no class Nov. 24)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)