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THe Magic of Light

a field guide to understanding the best of the light around you

with Summer Murdock

Summer offers alumni seats to those who have previously taken the Magic of Light as a silent or active student. They are $150 dollars. Please contact Summer directly if you would like to purchase an alumni seat. 

Class Overview:

I have a profound sense of wonder and awe for light. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I would argue that light can turn something ordinary into something otherworldly. It has the ability to amplify emotions and connections in images and speak straight to the heart. Light can be the factor that takes an image from good to awe-inspring. 

So if  light is key in creating interesting images, are we really in control of it? Do we walk into a situation and really SEE the light and know how to use it to it’s fullest potential intentionally? The Magic of Light will push you to slow down, open your eyes and really SEE the light around you with fresh eyes. Happy accidents are awesome, but to really be in control of your craft, you should be able to walk into any situation and use the available light to it's fullest potential. This class will encourage you to think outside the box and experiment with all kinds of light both indoors and outdoors. We will cover hazy backlight, dramatic sun-flare, rim light, heavily shadowed light, full sun, overcast, available artificial light, and more. 

The Magic of Light will push you creatively as well as give you new technical knowledge and confidence that will help you let go of any fears about controlling the light around you and help you get the images that are stuck in your head out into your camera. All light may not be equal, but you really can make an interesting image in any kind of light.