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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 info@thedefineschool.com.

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.



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