SOCAPA offers one, two and three week summer programs in digital photography and/or traditional 35mm darkroom with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and portfolio development. Students take classes in studio and portrait photography, photojournalism, documentary, fine art photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and web publishing. When applying to the program, students must choose one of our three intensive workshops: our Digital Photography Workshop, our 35mm Darkroom & Digital Photography Workshop, or our Advanced Photography Workshop. In addition to creating their own web portfolios, students in our three-week programs leave with a professionally bound portfolio of 8x10 prints, perfect for college admissions and job interviews, or to share with friends and family.
In the one-week digital photography course, students are introduced to the technical workings of their cameras, learn to manipulate their work in Lightroom, and gain a more critical eye for composition. Students put their in-class instruction into immediate practice, exploring area attractions through the lenses of their cameras. Over the week, students learn to think about framing, lighting and the way emotions and stories can be portrayed through a photograph.
Students learn to think about framing, composition, lighting and the way emotions and stories can be portrayed through a photograph. Photographers learn technical skills in editing and studio lighting, as well as techniques for working with subjects. Much of their time is spent practicing their skills in the field through a variety of assignments, with the goal of capturing the unique people and places that make up a city.
The D&D course provides students hands-on time with both a digital and a 35mm camera. In addition to learning the technical workings of both of their cameras, students are introduced to Lightroom and Photoshop, learn studio lighting, and spend 8-10 hours a week in the darkroom learning to develop film and print negatives. In this course students take regular field trips, or photo safaris, around Burlington, Vermont or New York City, documenting their excursions with an artistic eye.
Students are given guidance and structured time to delve into an independent project of their choosing which showcases their individual outlook, aesthetic, and artistic vision. Students also learn to photograph groups, practicing the art of directing individuals and gaining further knowledge of natural and studio lighting.
SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals
Photography Program Director, New York City
After graduating with a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, Tom LeGoff moved to New York City in 1990. He has created portraits of many actors, directors, musicians and politicians. Tom's work has been published internationally, is consistently displayed in galleries, and is in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Moving Image. He has also worked on films and has documented many weddings. In 2003, Tom created SOCAPA’s photography program, and has been teaching every summer since. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Louisville, and in addition to his studies he teaches art history and foundations in digital art. Tom has also organized community photography workshops for teenagers. Tom sees photography as a great way to express one’s self, and to explore the world; he is enthusiastic to help others embrace this medium.
More at www.tomlegoff.com
Photography Program Director, Vermont
Selena earned her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. As a professional photographer, her clients include Time Out Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Macy’s, The Onion, Interscope Records and Draft FCB. She has been selected for various exhibitions, including shows at the Camera Club of New York and SOHO Photography Gallery. She has taught photography at SUNY, Westchester Center for the Arts and the International Center of Photography. She is originally from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
More at selenasalfen.com
Photography Program Director, Los Angeles
Nicholas Fahey grew up in the Fahey/Klein Gallery participating in installations while watching the fine art careers of photographers like Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber mature as artists before his young eyes. While continuing to work in fine art photography galleries producing exhibitions throughout the coast of California he completed a degree in photography at Sonoma State. Back in LA, he quickly received work shooting for magazines, catalogs and other clients . He has also done photographic work for such prestigious organizations as Parson's, where his original photographic style was used to document their charity work all throughout greater Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited at fine art organizations in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Fahey also spent several years traveling the Arctic with photographer Howard Ruby documenting the plight of the polar bear. In 2007 Nicholas and Andrea Bell founded Glitterati Media Inc. He now spends his time creating living photography, curating contemporary exhibitions for the Fahey/Klein gallery and publishing Glitterati Magazine while developing his photographic portfolio He looks forward to participating in the creation of visual content and helping to advance the future of media.
More at www.nicholasfahey.com
Advanced Photography, New York City
David Gardiner Garcia is a York York based photographer who has an eye, talent and passion for sports and sports photography. He used to race triathlons professionally and is now an avid cyclist and swimmer. David is a staff photographer for the New York Road Runners. David was born in Costa Rica, is bilingual and was educated all over the world at Global College (Long Island University) where he received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a focus in photography. David's work is powerful, dynamic and celebrates the moment where light, time and composition all come together to create a poetic moment.
Samples of David's work can be viewed at www.davidgardinerphoto.com
Digital & Darkroom, New York City and Vermont
Jonathan went to photography school in New Zealand [BA, CPIT New Zealand] where he concentrated on outdoor lighting and studio photography. Jonathan is now a freelance photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He specializes in photographing character portraits that bring out the subject’s personality in a fun way. In addition to teaching at SOCAPA, he has also taught college level photography. He is originally from Arkansas.
More at www.jlantzphoto.com
Digital & Darkroom, New York City
Beth graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn with her BFA in 2005 and has taught at SOCAPA almost every summer since. She loves to share her knowledge of image making processes as much as she enjoys making things. She revels in process, and is perpetually motivated by a variety of artists including Edward Muybridge and Alec Soth as well as anonymous photographers whose lost images she finds in flea markets. She has had the privilege of working alongside some of her biggest photography heros including Mary Ellen Mark and Chuck Close through the Polaroid 20 x 24 Studio. With a decade of experience working in diverse fields within the visual arts and design communities, she has developed a unique skill set that allows her to work in various media. When not photographing interiors for designers in New York, she prints for her brand, Emblem by Elizabeth M.B., which combines the practices she loves most: photography, screenprinting and letterpress. She also often works as a freelance art director for television productions and craft stylist for printed matter. Beth currently lives between Brooklyn and Northern California. When she isn't working, she enjoys traveling and photographing this fine country in her vintage camper.
More at www.bethbates.com
Digital Photography, Los Angeles
Emily is a professional photographer based in Venice Beach, CA. Her work ranges from capturing the beauty and pride of the California School Gardens to shooting film stills for a documentary about a renowned crew of graffiti artists. Her client list includes: Nina Clemente, Gorgeously Green, CA Farm to School, La Mer Collections, The Earth Friends, Step Up Women's Network and the Environmental Media Association.
More at www.emilyhartphotography.com
Ashley Harte is a large format photographer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Harte was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and moved to New York City in 2009. She graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Scholastic Artists and Writers Gold Key Award in Digital Imagery, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Spartan Award, The Ernest W. Seaholm Image award, and a two-time recipient of the State of Michigan Reflections award. She also works as an assistant, photo retoucher and archivist.
More at www.ashleyharte.com
Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow in 1981 and immigrated to the United States shortly after the fall of communism in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2005. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has recently moved back to New York City from Houston, TX.
More at www.galinakurlat.com
"My experience at SOCAPA was amazing. My teachers and the staff were so nice, and I learned so much! I felt as if I could be independent but also felt very safe. I met so many great and talented people! My teachers taught me so much, most importantly how to be comfortable being myself and if others don't like me that it's just too bad for them!"
Laura P, Santa Monica, CA