Advanced Photography

  • 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. Students will learn advanced Photoshop and Lightroom techniques as well as advanced studio lighting. Students will be 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 Photography students at professional studio


Students learn advanced portrate lighting techniques and have ample oppertunity to experiment with studio photography through their independant project and headshot assignments. Students are encourage 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. Each darkroom is outfitted with multiple enlargers so there is rarely ever a wait for space.

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.