Advanced Photography

2 & 3wk
  • 2wk....$2595
  • 3wk....$3745
  • New York, Vermont
  • 13-19


SOCAPA's Advanced Photography intensive is for our return photography students and students who have extensive experience with digital photography. A strong emphasis is placed on portfolio development, and each student will be encouraged to create a body of work that showcases his or her own unique, creative vision through thematic and stylistic choices.

Throughout this intensive, students learn advanced Photoshop and Lightroom techniques as well as advanced studio lighting, structured around assignments such as group portraits. They also begin to develop their ideas for their themed independent project, and are given the structure to develop their artistic choices, plan their shoot, and edit their photographs into a cohesive portfolio. Students are also challenged to push their creative and professional boundaries by participating in thoughtful, constructive, in-class critiques on a regular basis.

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Advanced Photo students are given the time and structure to create a body of work that demonstrates their unique artistic vision and aesthetic style. This project is open to many interpretations, and students are challenged to plan and execute a shoot that speaks to their particular interests.

Advanced Photography students at professional studio


Students learn advanced portrait lighting techniques and have ample opportunity to experiment with studio photography through their independant project and headshot assignments. Students are encouraged to continue working outside of class in open studio time.

Summer photographer demonstrates Lightroom and Photoshop techniques


Students learn advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques like compositing, split-toning, and mattes.

35mm Photography chemicals in the dark room


Starting with the basics, students will learn how to develop 35mm film in the darkroom. Students will then print their photographs using enlargers and chemical baths. Working in the darkroom provides students with an opportunity to slow down, spend time with each image, and really understand the impacts that technical and aesthetic choices have on a final photograph. Learning to develop film and prints informs how students think about light, time, and photography as a whole. Students get the chance to work in professional darkrooms, sharing equipment and methods that have been refined over the lifetime of photography.

Self-Directed Independent Project

Students will work on a themed photography project of their choosing. For this assignment, students create a body of work cohesive in concept and aesthetic style. Lessons and field trips will help students place projects in the context of contemporary photography, and supportive classroom critiques will assist students in editing and refining their visions. Instructors will guide students through their projects with individualized technical help and photographic references tailored to each student’s interest. This assignment will help students create a portfolio with the artistic vision and technical strength sought by college arts programs. To make the most of their time, it is suggested that students begin brainstorming project ideas before SOCAPA.

The Leibovitz

The art of photographing groups. Students will have the opportunity to work with the actors and dancers in the program to create exciting group portraits. Through this exercise, students will learn to refine their directorial abilities and enhance their knowledge of location shooting. Creating group portraits will enable students to further understand the properties of natural and artificial lighting.

The Crewdson

Students will have the opportunity to create a staged, cinematic portrait. Through this exercise, students will learn what it is like to carry out a professional editorial assignment, from detailed planning to the roles of stylists, make-up artists, art directors and photo assistants. They will plan the project thoroughly from layout to finish, sketching and refining ideas, casting characters and gathering props and costumes. Students will learn how to shoot on location, mixing different types of ambient and strobe lighting. This project takes its name from Gregory Crewdson, master of the highly stylized cinematic photograph.