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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Harvard Museum

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 15 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Brian Diescher

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Harvard Museum of Natural History

Even without photography in mind, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is worth the trip and if you are a Massachusetts resident with ID, you can visit for free, every Sunday, as long as you arrive from 9:00 AM-Noon with the option to remain there until the venue closes at 5:00 PM. There are wonderful photo opportunities everywhere you point your lens whether of the buildings exterior and interior itself or the contents on display, from broad perspectives as well as macro interpretations, all demonstrated and supervised by your DPA instructor.

The imposing red brick exterior, built in 1872, and the surrounding grounds, transports one back to earlier days before glass towers and more budget-oriented architects were limited to selection of building materials which were overly prioritized by cost. Your DPA instructor will demonstrate and supervise the different visual results based on angle, lens, Aperture Priority Control and more.

Notice the unending rows of rectangular windows and you can bring an image to life as a visual study of an array of interesting geometric themes. Capture a dramatic shot with a focus on the rooftop as it slices against the clouded sky. Create a sense of human scale by placing an individual, or two, adjacent to the gigantic structure and walk back 50 feet to allow the building to metaphorically dwarf your models, conveying the smallness of humans versus some of their architectural accomplishments. Accessorize the museum with nearby trees and other items within view to create a visual interplay amongst several items in the shot which collectively lead the viewer’s eye to move in and around within the frame of your photograph.

The cavernous interiors also present a number of compelling photo ops. Depict unending perspectives and abstractions of the leading lines of the wooden floors and various displays. Your instructor will demonstrate a Rule of Thirds composition strategy and you can focus on one elk or stuffed buffalo as the main subject anchored in a large room, within the museum’s zoological wing, of dozens of other lifelike animals and skeletons, creating a surreal Serengeti.

Capture closeups of exotic flowers made of glass, representing 847 species , life-like representatives of the plant kingdom for teaching purposes versus previously available, (1934), crude papier-mache or wax models. These works of art were crafted from 1887-1936 in Hosterwitz, near Dresden, Germany by father/son artisans, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, from a family of jewelers and glassmakers dating back to the 15th century.

The museum is an ideal locale to allow you to master the art of working within interior spaces bathed in natural light, managing your vision as your instructor helps you operate your camera controls and various strategies to create the mood you require in each image.

Each Composition in the Field class begins with a talk with one of our experienced instructors, and then you and your fellow students take a stroll through one of a variety of photogenic locales (in any of the 20+ cities the DPA encapsulates). There is street photography, magnificent interiors, farmers markets, zoos, landscapes, and more, photos of which are included within. These photos are a mix of student and instructor images in many different venues and cities across the United States and Canada.

You will have fun in the three-hour session, learn to shoot strategically, get more interesting photos of the event, and walk away with a foundation to improve your photographs in the future, whether you’re traveling, or at a birthday party and everywhere in between.

Please note – if a class must be canceled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will be happy to work with you to reschedule. If you should need to cancel and require a new class date, contact us. A $25 transfer fee will be imposed without a 3-day notice before the scheduled class.

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There is no cancellation fee if you notify us prior to the Thursday before the weekend of your workshop. Later cancellations will not be refunded and reschedules will require a $25 rescheduling fee.


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