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Boot Camp


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Boot Camp


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Teacher Molly Flanagan + Kellie Hatcher
Sponsored by Artifact Uprising

Looking for some motivation and a creative kick in the pants? Boot Camp is your answer.

Based on their incredibly popular Summer Camp class, Kellie Hatcher and Molly Flanagan will engage and motivate you each day for four weeks through daily challenges and weekly live Q&As. While most of our classes assign weekly lessons and homework, Boot Camp offers the chance for daily feedback and short assignments each day. A fresh message each morning will charge your creative juices and keep things fun! You can choose your favorite assignments from the week and turn them in on the weekend, or shoot and post daily if that works better for your schedule.

Each week will revolve around specific technical categories including exploring light, utilizing creative composition, waiting for gesture, and evoking emotion. These assignments will give you a framework that will challenge you to think outside the box and motivate you to document your everyday life. Google hangouts with some of your classmates help you connect to the teachers and other students and ask questions about where you might be struggling.

And at the end of Boot Camp, you will receive a credit to create a beautiful Artifact Uprising book of your own images!

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WEEK ONE: Seeing the Light – From windows to garages; open shade, backlight, or hard light; sunrises, mid-day, and sunsets; ambient light or mixed light, daily lighting challenges will get you out of a rut and using light you’ve never noticed before.

WEEK TWO: Composition in Chaos – By focusing on a different element of composition each day, you’ll see the frames of your life with a new perspective. Expect to play with the rule of thirds, negative space, leading lines, framing, symmetry, texture, color combinations, and more.

WEEK THREE: Expression + Gesture – Commit those temper tantrums, shrieks of laughter, bear hugs, and quiet snuggles to memory. Your days and family are filled with a range of emotions – this week you get to photograph them and the interactions between the people you love.

WEEK FOUR: Portrait of a Family – Spend time this week photographing different pieces of your family and friends. You’ll have daily assignments to create images like couples portraits, candid shots, a portrait of someone who is unaware you are photographing them, a group shot, and more.

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

Kellie + Molly will share daily assignments in the forum and host a weekly Q+A. They will be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

Homework will be due on Sunday and personal critiques will take place the following Mondays. Each week will follow the same pattern.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Is this class for you?

This class is geared towards photographers who want a kick in the pants to get shooting regularly again. Anyone with a camera and a desire to shoot can benefit from four weeks at Boot Camp!

Material(s) Needed

A dSLR and editing software of your choice are recommended. Computer with microphone and video to participate in weekly Q&A sessions.



  1. :

    To say that I gained a lot from this class would be an understatement. The daily assignments, as well as the feedback from Kellie and Molly and the rest of the students, were so helpful in my growth. I realized that providing feedback for my fellow students also helped me understand what made for a photo with impact. The excitement of having a new “theme” for each day was fun for me, and I appreciated that you could post images at your leisure. It goes without saying that the act of taking pictures and searching for that one gem among them (almost always “one” in my case, haha) is probably the most enjoyable part of the entire endeavor, but I realized that photography is never a solitary process: each day, I found myself looking forward to receiving feedback from and interacting with the teachers and the students.

    (This is my third class with the Define School, and in my case, I don’t think I could have timed my classes better. Having started with Light + Life, Kellie helped me to recognize different lighting/shade situations and learn to capture them on camera. The pace of the class was perfect for me as a beginner; I could take my time with the weekly assignments and ease into getting to know my camera on manual. I liked that I could photograph my family over the course of a whole week. But after the 4 weeks sped past, I was left wanting more guidance. That’s when Summer Camp started, and it really changed the way I take photographs. The daily assignments were exactly what I was looking for, and it was perfectly timed because I had lots of time with my children over the summer to photograph them. That’s what led me here to Boot Camp, and even I can see a difference in my images. I love that the classes have a wide range of students from professionals to hobbyists, and I have found myself inspired by everyone I have encountered in the classroom. I only wish that I could have met and spent time with everyone in person!)

  2. :

    “Bootcamp” was such an enriching and fun class! It gave me another opportunity to deepen what I had learned at “Summer Camp” and to put it into practice daily. Molly and Kellie, your feedback and critique are practical, manageable and easy to understand (and sooo needed!). When we don’t understand, you are more than willing to go the extra mile. I am one to ask for even more feedback. You are the guiding light moving us towards progress. I need you light! ! I like the fact that we had time to post our daily assignments over a period of time; personally, it gave me a chance to think more clearly and deeply about my composition, exploring light and other factors. It was fantastic to meet everyone and to enjoy your beautiful photos. What you posted for the past four weeks inspired me to discover different images. Thank you for your presence! Molly and Kellie, many, many “thank you”! You are the best! I love being in this class! I will see you in another one soon! xoxo

  3. :

    I am so glad that I took this class! The assignments were informative, challenging and eye opening for me. I do not want it to end. I enjoyed everyone in the class and loved seeing pictures on a daily basis from my new friends:) Thank you Kellie and Molly for all of your feedback!! Not just on my pictures, but on everyone’s. Also thank you to all of my classmates for your feedback. I learned so much from reading them. I am sad I only sat in on one video chat! I loved seeing everyone’s faces and hearing their voices. Bootcamp is just what I needed to get motivated in my picture taking! Miss ya’ll already!

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