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SDN education

Welcome to SDN Education, an initiative of SDN offering educational opportunities for photographers interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of documentary photography. 

SDN Education

 
Upcoming Fall 2020 Classes
Conducted via Zoom video conferencing. All classes 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
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Breaking and Remaking 
The New Photographic Voice
Instructors: Ruddy Roye and Mary Beth Meehan
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 22

    September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 10, 24; December 8

Course fee: $650 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
In this course, students will work with photographers Ruddy Roye and Mary Beth Meehan to consider the history of documentary photography and the ways in which it has helped to instantiate and maintain some of the most pervasively destructive stereotypes in American life. Students will then seek to embark on a practice that involves self-examination, historical research, contextualization, and collaboration — in order to make new work that is revelatory in its discoveries, accountable to its subjects, and effective in bringing about real social change.
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Documentary Photojournalism
Producing Social Justice Stories for the Media
Instructor: Brian Frank
Eight Wednesdays beginning October 14

(Skips Wed. November 25) 
Course fee: $560
 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
This online course will explore many of the intricacies involved with creating visual documentary narratives about social justice issues and navigating the professional photography landscape. 
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Telling Stories that Matter 
Documentary photography as a tool for environmental and social change
Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
Eight Tuesdays beginning September 22

    September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 10, 24; December 8
Course Fee: $560
 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
The course will begin with the fundamentals of great storytelling: how to find and refine great narrative and conceptual stories that capture the viewers imagination. Students will learn how to establish report with compelling characters and build intimate access. The class will focus on the visual language of documentary storytelling: how to vision, set up, and capture the various kinds of images typically seen in documentary projects. Students will also learn how to edit, write captions, and pitch to editors and publishers like a documentary photographer. 
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DSLR Filmmaking 101
Visual Storytelling and Cinematography
Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
Six Consecutive Thursdays beginning September 24 (new start date)
Course Fee: $475
 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
Students will learn how to think, shoot, move, and plan like a cinematic storyteller.  The course will cover the fundamentals of documentary film production including story development, production planning, gear selection, camera operation, cinematography, on site direction, and audio production.  Students will learn how to select ideal frame rate, file format, audio settings and other key settings in producing video for various final use.
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Documentary 3.0
A laboratory for documentary photographers to learn concepts and develop skills to increase audience engagement
Instructor: Glenn Ruga
Twelve Wednesdays beginning September 23
Course Fee: $800
 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
A new learning experience designed as a laboratory for documentary photographers to learn concepts and skills to make a project have impact and increase audience engagement. The lab will bring together a diverse group of creative visual storytellers with the goal of developing the tools to bring still-based documentary to the next level. 
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Graphic Design Principles for Photographers
Instructor: Glenn Ruga
Six Consecutive Mondays beginning September 14
Course Fee: $475
 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
This studio class will cover graphic design principles relevant to photographers creating photo books, magazines, catalogs, posters, websites, and other visual materials that present photographic images and text in a printed or digital format. 
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InDesign and Photo Book Design for Photographers
Instructor: Glenn Ruga
Six Consecutive Mondays beginning November 2
Course Fee: $475 or $425 if taken with Graphic Design Principles for Photographers

This course will cover the foundations of working with Adobe InDesign, photographic images, and type to design a photobook or other photography-based publications such as museum catalogs, magazines, etc.
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Lightroom 101
A beginners guide for setting up and using Adobe Lightroom
Instructor: Kathy Tarantola
Four Consecutive Mondays beginning September 21
Course Fee: $325
 / $100 deposit required to confirm registration
In this four-week course, you will become familiar with Adobe Lightroom’s powerful tools for organizing, editing, and optimizing your images. This Lightroom 101 class will provide you with a strong foundation to enhance your workflow. Working in the Library and Develop Modules, we will examine the features that will best help you work quickly and efficiently to hone your skills in dynamic image editing.
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Lightroom 201
Advanced Adobe Lightroom Techniques
Instructor: Kathy Tarantola
Four Consecutive Mondays beginning October 26
Course Fee: $325 or $275 if taken with Lightroom 101

In Lightroom 201, we will delve into more advanced features that might not be obvious at first glance, but that can bring your editing and file management skills to a professional level. We will explore advanced search features including using Smart Collections to auto populate collections within your preset parameters, as well as searching via text, attributes, and metadata. In the Develop module, we will explore the Tone Curve panel for more precise tonal adjustments and working with the Range Mask and Targeted Adjustment Tool for effortless tonal and color control.  
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