Proposals due by Jan 1, and July 1, 2019
CPS Photography Exam must be completed by October 1, 2019
Date: Meets as needed for project approval, guidance and status.
Enrollment period: Open: Oct 1-Dec 15, 2019
Program Fee: No fee.
Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrollment. Registrants will be notified prior to the event.
Designed for students who already have a command of digital camera skills, This intensive 12-month course will provide the opportunity to master more advanced technical skills and learn to create visually dynamic images. After a brief review of fundamentals, students will dive in to more advanced techniques and camera controls, including: metering modes, exposure compensation, dynamic range, working with manual and TTL flash, and more. Lessons exploring the elements of composition, design, framing, use of color, editing and sequencing will allow students to unleash their creativity and begin to communicate more effectively with their photographs. Through in-class lecture and demonstration as well as extensive critiques, students will gain substantial confidence in their photographic skills and improve their image-making. Monthly assignments will reinforce each lesson and encourage students to apply their new skills to whatever subjects they choose to photograph. This course will provide a valuable springboard for students interested in taking more specialized photographic courses in the future.
CPS Photography Exam: Students must complete the CPS Photogra[hy Exam before being considered and accepted for Level lll Professional. This is open book exam and must be completed within one week after delivery. Exams are not accepted after October 1. The exam is a one time opportunity and cannot be retaken.
Once the exam is returned, your exam will be evaluated and scored. You must achieve a score of 95% or higher. You cannot retake the exam.
Year 1: High School Senior second semester through College/University/Art School Freshman first semester. Students must submit two pieces of photography work either in photojournalism or still photography editorial/theme photo. This class is limited to one year participation.
To qualify for years 2-5, you must be at least 18 years of age and accepted and enrolled in an accredited two or four year college, university, art school, or related accredited photography program. Student must submit a copy of their class schedule and grade transcript to show you are enrolled and/or successfully completed the photography course.
Year 2: College/Art School Freshman second semester through College/University/Art School Sophomore first semester. Year two requires students create two photo essays that combines 10 or more photographs with at least one other media form, (recorded sound, video, and/or writing) to make a point, tell a story, or critically analyze a person, place, event, or subject in an interesting and unique way. Project proposals must be submitted by January 15th for acceptance. First project must be completed by June 30 and the second project completed by Dec 30. Student must present their project in one of the following presentation formats.
Photojournalist: A written editorial with a sequence of still images that combines images with recorded sound and/or video, or... Exhibition display of matted/framed works in which the presentation format helps emphasize or clarify your message.
Year 3: College/Art School Sophomore second semester through College/Art School Junior first semester. Year three requires students create two photo essays that combines 10 or more photographs with at least one other media form, (recorded sound, video, and/or writing) to make a point, tell a story, or critically analyze a person, place, event, or subject in an interesting and unique way. Project proposals must be submitted by January 15th for acceptance. First project must be completed by June 30 and the second project completed by Dec 30. Student must present their project in one of the following presentation formats.
Photojournalist: Photojournalist: A written editorial with a sequence of still images that combines images with recorded sound and/or video, or... Exhibition display of matted/framed works in which the presentation format helps emphasize or clarify your message.
Year 4: College/Art School Junior second semester through College/Art School Senior first semester. Year five offers eligible students to complete an assignment. Student must present their work through publication, visual presentation and/or gallery show.
Create a photo essay that combines 10 or more photographs with at least one other media form, (recorded sound, video, and/or writing) to make a point, tell a story, or critically analyze a person, place, event, or subject in an interesting and unique way.
Your Photo Essay should:
-substantially and integrate at least one other media form (recorded sound, video, and/or writing)
-include a title, and text where necessary
-clearly illustrate a point, or tell a story
-employ photographic principles of composition
-include a statement of purpose (either integrated into the sequence of the essay itself, or exhibited with the printed photographs)
-use either a photojournalist or exhibition format.
-may incorporate music, but be careful with lyrical content, it might distract from your message!
Photojournalist: A short film or sequence of still images that combines images with recorded sound and/or video.
Exhibition: An elegant display of matted/framed works in which the presentation format helps emphasize or clarify your message. The exhibit MUST be accessible to the public.
Project/Photo Essay Proposal
Directions: Complete questions on Part 3 - Project Proposal on the registration form.
1) Briefly identify the topic or subject of your photo essay, and explain what you hope to explore or express about it. (What’s your point? Make sure your topic is specific!)
2) What personally interests you about this topic, and/or how does it relate to you? Be specific!
3)Which presentation format (photojournalist or exhibition) will you use, why?
4)List any additional you needs to complete this project.
5) Provide the overall cost of the project. List each items and cost.
Suggestions for Photojournalism, Photo Essays, Exhibits and Video Content.
Photos with any kind of theme: for example: portrait, people, nature, wildlife, landscape, architecture, still-life photography, digital imaging, HDR photos, etc. Think about “For the Good” projects…i.e.; social change, environmental, conservation, endangered wildlife are hot topics. These projects could help you get corporate/sponsorship and/or corporate products.
City/Town: Each city has its own characteristics whether it's modern, old, urban, and traditional. Also people of these cities identify the soul of it. The reality of the city can reflect society, capture split-second personal moments or chart history by documenting the buildings, people, streets and the details of it. This theme allows the photographers free rein to express themselves and the world we live in to feel the energy, the characteristics and the culture of a city.Landscapes of city (Cityscapes), People at work in a city, City life & any photo showing a city. Show your city, its people & culture, city life & Cityscape. By cityscape photograph (urban landscape) I mean a landscape photograph showing the physical aspects of a city or urban area.
Environment: Landscape, Nature, Wild life, Environmental Pollutions, Conservation. Positive aspects of the environment such as landscape, natural history and wildlife, also of environmental pollutions.
Traditions: Cultural Heritage & Tourism: Divides to 3 subjects:
- Traditions: National or Religious Traditions
- Cultural Heritage: Architectures & Cultural Heritage sites, Handicrafts\
- Tourism: Attracting place for tourists such as: Nature, Landscape, Cityscape, Seascape, Modern Touristic places such as Shopping Centers, Towers, Amusement Park, Zoo & etc.
Agriculture & Food industries: The core subject is food. By this I mean photographs of the following subjects with, the emphasis on food: Relationship between human beings and food, the joy of eating, Agriculture (raising of crops, livestock and seafood); Manufacturing, including agrichemicals, agricultural construction, farm machinery and supplies, seed, etc; Food processing, including the preparation of fresh products for market, and manufacture of prepared food products. Food Marketing, including the promotion, advertising, marketing campaigns, packaging, etc. of food: Wholesale and Distribution, including logistics, transportation, warehousing, foodservice (including catering), grocery, farmers' markets, public markets and other retailing. So you use Landscape of farms, People working at farm or food factories, Relationship between human beings and food. The joy of eating, any picture of agriculture, food industry, markets & restaurants.
Prerequisite for Year 1 - Professional Level
1. Successfully completed Level II and can demonstrate the knowledge of camera mechanics and principles of composition and lighting.
2. Successfully completed Photoshop for Photographer workshop and have a complete understanding of digital capture to output workflow, file and image management and concepts of printing.
3.Submit Portfolio. Portfolio MUST include; Professional 8x10 artist photo, artist statement and a minimum of fifteen11x14 prints in color, B/W or combination. Photos submitted should NOT be heavily post processed using an image software such as Adobe’s Photoshop
4.Completed photography skills exam. Student must score 90% or higher for acceptance. It’s recommended the student start during the summer before submitting application to Level III.
5.Photography work and skill level must meet or exceed the Intermediate proficiency skills.
Canon digital SLR, lenses and accessories are loaned to the student for the duration of the course. Students may use their own brand of equipment, however the equipment MUST meet or exceed the minimum lenses and accessories requirements listed below.
Loaned camera equipment provided:
Canon semi-pro ‘D” series
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5mm Ultra-wide Zoom
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 Standard Zoom
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Standard Zoom
Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM Telephoto Zoom
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom
Canon EF 35mm f/2 Standard prime
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Standard prime
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Prime
Canon 580EX II /600 EX RT Flash
*Camera and Lenses are allocated based on student’s skill level, interest and dedication.
Camera and Lens Requirements for student owned equipment.
Camera: Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR). Canon equipment is the preferred choice.
*Lenses: Minimum required lenses for Level IIl. Renting lenses is NOT recommended for program.
Required camera accessories for student owned equipment
Camera batteries: - must have a spare battery and charger.
Lens cleaning kit: Students using their own equipment should have a lens cleaning kits, which consists of lens cleaning solution, lens brush and blower.
External Flash: Canon 430EX II, Canon 600 EX-R, NIkon SB700 AF
Off Camera flash cord.
Camera manual/user guide
Lens filters: High quality Polarizer, Vari-Neutral Density and UV
Shutter cable release
Lens microfiber cleaning cloth
Camera bag or backpack
Since this is a digital class, students will need access to a desktop/laptop computer with the following minimum requirements.
Computer hardware matters (A computer configured for games or photography/graphics is the best option)
Hard Disk Space: 1TB. You will need at least 500 GB of free space available on your hard disk)
Video Card Memory: 1-2GB (recommend 1GB)
USB 2 or 3 / Thunderbolt connections
PC: Windows 10 or later
MAC: OS-X 10 El Capitan or later
Additional optional Items
Optional: External hard disk to back up images (1 or 1.5TB is recommended)
External monitor if using a laptop.
Post Processing / Photo Imaging Software
Full Version Photoshop CC or Adobe Lightroom CC or higher
Video Editing Software
MAC: Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere
Windows: Adobe Premiere
A broadband connection is required for the course (also available at public libraries)
The portfolio plays an important role in the admission review process. Portfolios are reviewed with the goal of identifying the creative and technical skills, abilities and potential of each applicant. A portfolio should reflect each individual's unique art background and experiences. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.
Selecting Artwork The ideal portfolio will consist of 15 to 20 selections of recent photos.
When deciding which photos to include in a portfolio, the advice and suggestions of others can be helpful. However, it is important that the applicant makes the final decision and submits a portfolio that best represents the work that they would like considered in the review process.
Though applicants may want to include examples of work from past years, especially to demonstrate growth, it is more important to submit work that represents current skills and experiences.
It is also important to submit work that speaks to an applicant's strength. Submitting work simply to show a range of photography styles (such as one nature, one macro, one travel photo, etc) is not recommended if it sacrifices consistency of quality.
Presentation Portfolio Books Recommendation
The care in which an applicant presents and discusses his/her work can play an important part in a review. We recommend presenting your work using ITOYA or 11x14 ($20). Available at most art stores or online.
Student Photography Website
Year 2-5 requires the student develop an photography website which includes, a gallery of their best images, artist statement, and contact information
Students should check with their family’s homeowner’s policy, or their own renter’s insurance to determine coverage and deductibles. You may wish to cover the camera, lenses and accessories by adding a rider to an existing policy. You are expected to return the equipment in the same condition as your receive it. If damage, lost or stolen, the student will be responsible to cover the cost of replacement or servicing.