Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, join Houston Center for Photography at Levy Park in Houston for educational photography workshops! These community driven workshops focus on photography as a means for creative expression and basic photography skills. FREE to the public, and no prior experience is necessary! Learn and practice various aspects of photography such as composition and lighting while photographing the features of Levy Park. Classes meet under the pavilion. All levels and cameras types are welcome!
May 4, 2019: Getting to Know Your Camera:
Bring your camera and manual to learn the basics about how a camera functions and what it can do.
May 18, 2019: Composition & Focusing Basics I:
Learn how to create a well-balanced and focused photograph using simple compositional guidelines, such as Rule of Thirds, leading lines, framing, and perspective.
June 1, 2019: Composition & Focusing Basics II:
Get familiar with the “art of seeing.” Continue to learn how to create a well-balanced and focused photograph using simple compositional guidelines, such as Rule of Thirds, leading lines, framing, and perspective.
June 15, 2019: Understanding Exposure & Light Metering:
Learn how to correctly expose your subject through controlled combinations of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Learn about the different light metering modes and how they apply to specific light conditions.
July 6, 2019: Macrophotography
Explore small details of Levy Park while learning how to take close up photographs. During this session, we will explore aperture and differential focus in creating images. Bring a macro lens if you have one, but not required.
July 20, 2019: Understanding & Controlling Light:
Understand the importance of light and its qualities (direction, intensity, reflectance) in relation to photography. Learn to control light with various accessories, such as fill-in flash, filters and reflectors.
August 3, 2019: Understanding Color:
Let’s consider the following questions: What is the relationship between light, exposure, and color? How does color affect composition? How does color convey certain moods?
August 17, 2019: Color & Foreign Object:
Bring a colorful object to photograph in Levy Park! Learn how to creatively include this “foreign object” in composed images. We will experiment with wide angle, close-up and perspective. Bring a colorful object with you to photograph.
September 7, 2019: Camera Obscura, Pinhole Cameras, & Cyanotypes:
Learn how light is essential to photography while exploring the camera obscura of HCP’s Flash Drive, creating pinhole cameras, and exploring different approaches to cyanotypes (sun prints).
September 21, 2019: Urban Landscape:
Explore the surrounding urban environment of Levy Park and how architecture and other elements of the space may be expressed through various compositions and perspectives.
October 5, 2019: Creative Exposure – Intentional Mistake:
Let’s break the rules! Learn how to intentionally disregard established photographic guidelines and instead utilize special metering conditions to create images of purpose and interest.
October 19, 2019: Portraiture & Lighting:
Learn how to harness natural light and explore different aperture settings to create beautifully lit and composed portraits. Bring a reflector if you have one, but not required.
November 2, 2019: Symbolic Self-Portrait:
Learn how to create meaningful and symbolic images that express who you are. Bring one or more personal objects from home to photograph.
November 16, 2019: Light & Mood:
Learn how to manipulate an external light source to create a series of photographs of the same subject with different lighting to convey different moods.
December 7, 2019: Creative Exposure – Motion & Panning:
Let’s get moving! Learn how to capture motion through different techniques such as adjusting shutter speed and panning. Bring a tripod if you have one, but not required.
December 21, 2019: Creating a Series:
Learn how one idea or theme may be expressed through multiple photographs all created within the same style. In this session, the instructor will help to identify personal photographic styles and begin considering pieces to showcase for the culminating exhibition on April 18th.
January 4, 2020: Sequencing & Storytelling:
Consider how a carefully ordered series of photographs may be used to tell a narrative. In this session, the instructor will continue to help in identifying personal photographic styles and considering pieces to showcase for the culminating exhibition on April 18th.
January 18, 2020: Black & White:
Learn how to spot subjects and scenes with the most potential for black and white imagery while identifying visual elements such as tone, texture, shape, and contrast.
February 1, 2020: Abstraction:
Let’s break away from representational imagery and create abstract photographs by playing with framing, perspective, multiple exposure, camera movement, and more. Bring a macro lens or telephoto lens if you have one, but not required.
February 15, 2020: Photomontage:
Consider how new meaning can be created by combining two or more photographs into one composite image. Bring several printed photos (found or created by you), and be ready to cut, arrange, and glue. Other found photos will also be provided.
March 7, 2020: Long Exposure:
Learn how to manipulate shutter speed to create ghost-like images.
March 21, 2020: Critique:
Learn how to read and critique a photograph. Get feedback on your work from the instructor and your peers before the April 18th exhibition. Instructor will assist in making final selections for the exhibition. Bring a selection of your work, preferably prints.
April 4, 2020: Image Transfer:
Learn about various photographic transfer techniques, including using Xerox copies and DASS Transfer Film, and how they may be applied to alternative and mixed media approaches to the medium of photography.
April 18, 2020: Exhibition:
Celebrate the culmination of a year of hard work and creativity! View your photographic work created during the Levy Park workshop series in a public display at the park for the community to view. Friends and family welcome.
Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098
Classes meet under the pavilion.
9:00 – 11:00AM
1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from May 2019 – April 2020
Please contact Access and Community Education Coordinator Natalie Rodgers by phone (713) 529-4755 ext. 14 or by e-mail below.
For cancellations, please check back on this page or the Levy Park website.