A Month Of Your Life
Revamped as a 6-week workshop with a new dates and registration cost!
Your life is interesting. Really! What seems to be mundane today will be fascinating when photographed well, especially when viewed a bit later when you have a little more distance from your current story. That idea of story is central to good photography. Many people struggle with how, or even whether, to photograph their everyday lives. It turns out that if you just photograph what is in front of you, the photos will tell the story on their own.
In this six-week workshop we will focus on what is closest to you in your life. Each person will create a snapshot of their lives over a one-month period. By shooting each week, with an image review from the instructor and your peers, you will reveal the ongoing story that is your life. It is a form of self-portraiture without ever actually photographing your own face. We’ll be more interested in the seemingly mundane activities and details of your morning routine, your family, your hobbies, friends, work, your closet, yard and the endless small details that make up your life. It’s all fleeting, and it’s all worth capturing. There is beauty in the ordinary.
What would it be like if someone handed you a series of photos taken of your daily life from twenty or thirty years ago? For most people it would be a treasure. Why not do that now? We can send ourselves a time capsule of what our lives are like now to our future selves or share it with friends and family. You could even submit some of the images to a competition if you’re ready to share with the larger audience.
- This workshop is about learning to see and capture strong images with whatever tool is at hand. Any camera will do. You’re welcome to use anything from a smartphone to pro DSLR, or even film if you have a way to process and scan each week.
- You’ll create a body of work that represents a month in your life. Over a few weeks we’ll build a small photo community where we can encourage each other.
- You’ll increase your skills as a photographer and storyteller which will allow you to connect more authentically with others.
- Each week you’ll receive supportive critique from the instructor and other students followed by a prompt to spark ideas for new work for the following week.
- We’ll spend time in the last couple of sessions discussing the important but often overlooked task of sequencing. We’ll discover the best order for the photos to allow them to create the most compelling story.
- The instructor will then place your photo sequence into a book template to preview what it would be like to commit your project to paper. You’ll be urged and cajoled to create a similar small book and having it printed. It is easy, inexpensive and incredibly satisfying. Getting good pictures off a screen and onto paper is the best way to make the photos themselves part of your life.
- Feedback and guidance will be personal to each photographer’s needs. This workshop is not about the basics of camera operation, but the instructor will offer technical guidance when needed.
- Cost per person is $325 early registration, $375 late registration.
- This workshop consists of six classes held each week starting June 16. When you register, you are registering for the complete six-week class series. You cannot purchase the classes individually.
- Classes will be online from 6:00pm-8:00pm CDT.
- Please login in to the Zoom meeting at least 10 minutes before the class starts to work out any technical issues that may occur.
- Advance registration and payment is required.
- Maximum number of students is 10. The minimum for the series to make is 8.
Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
A: Like in the classroom, the instructor will present content and welcome discussion from the class. Using Zoom, he will share his screen so that participants will see his presentation and able to ask questions and interact with the instructor and their peers.
Participants will need a microphone to be able to be heard in the Zoom session. Most computers have a built-in microphone already. You need a a webcam and will need to be on camera to join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged, even though we aren’t all in one place.
Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.
Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of whatever camera(s) you use. This isn’t a technical workshop about exposure and focus but the instructor can offer some help when needed.
Q: Where is the class held?
A: This class will be held online using Zoom.
Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.
Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.
He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.