12 weeks: March 29th- June 29th
Although in the course of the 3 months we will occasionally provide tutorials, links and guidance on specific topics, this is not an online class, in which you are an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge. What we will do is a little different: the weekly assignments are designed serve as a prompt. You will decide how to explore them, depending on your skill level, the time at your disposal or your whim.
The assignments will focus on examining the photographic language: some will target the grammar (the technical side) while others will be about testing your creativity and let loose a little.
Over the course of 12 weeks you will:
- Develop skills to better examine and understand photography as a language
- Test your ability to understand a brief and respond to it
- Learn to present your images for critique and improve your capacity to give useful feedback
- Let go of perfectionisms and discover the value of sharing your work in progress with fellow lazy photographers
- Develop a finished photo series
- Have fun
The lab includes weekly peer-reviewed assignments, recorded video feedbacks, and community discussion forums.
There is also going to be individual mentoring from Sara on the personal project
You will get access to a password protected forum, in which all the work will be shared and discussed.
You will be ask to pick a nickname that cannot be traced back to you and refrain from peacocking your achievement in the outside world and share your portfolio or too much personal information. This has proven to be a key to produce interesting work and pushing boundaries: freed from the need to protect your reputation, you’ll be free to fail consistently, until you don’t. No one can judge you, if they don’t know who you are.
Different people will use the forum differently and we encourage you to respect that: some might be more sociable than others and not everybody finds it easy to express themselves in written form (also English might not be everyone’s first language: it sure isn’t mine).
The forums are not moderated, meaning that if you have issues with something someone wrote, you’ll be encouraged to try and communicate with them to figure things out, and you’ll be held responsible for explaining what you say as clearly as possible. You will be also asked to try and understand what others are trying to say and not assume that a discussion is necessarily about winning.
So far, we have always been able to create a pleasant environment and I have never had to ban anyone. That said, the Support Group for Lazy Photographers isn’t a democracy: think of it more like a monarchy in which the ruler is old, confused and incapacitated and spends his days eating muffins. But it does not change much, because people live and proliferate without the king having that much influence on their daily lives.
Sign up fee: 280 euros
Early bird: 250 euros for those who sign up by February 15th
Will I get direct access to Sara?
For about three months I’ll be checking the forums every day and actively participating in the discussions. I will not give individual feedbacks on each photo for the weekly assignments, because that would take all of my time and raise the price for the whole thing, but you will have individual mentoring for your personal project.
You will be encouraged to use your fellow lazy photographers (and help them in return) as much as possible and I will probably call you out if you’re trying to have validation from me for the sake of validation: the main goal is to give you the tools to work without needing other people’s permission
How long does the Support Group for Lazy Photographers last?
12 weeks. The first assignment will be posted in the forum on March 29th
Are there any prerequisites?
We have had professional photographers working side by side with people who had gotten their first camera a week before the start.
Every assignment is designed so that you should be able to complete it (and be challenged) regardless of your skill level.
The only thing that you should be at least a bit comfortable with is resizing your images and communicating with other people via the Internet in written form: if you’re just starting to use a computer right now it might be a little harder and frustrating to participate (not impossible, but definitely harder).
There isn’t a minimum amount of gear required and you won’t be asked to buy new stuff. We have had people complete every assignment with their cameraphone, in the past. If you’re planning to use analog techniques, keep in mind that you’ll have to be able to magically make your photo digital to be able to share them.
Is this beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I’m using the name “lab” rather than “class” because I would like to detach myself from the idea of a traditional “course” in which I give you content and you consume it on the couch while stuffing your face with chips and believe you’re becoming a photographer because the lady in the monitor told you so.
Everyone will work at their own pace, you will cohabit and interact, there will be no “different classes”. You will learn from those who know more than you and, by sharing your process, you will teach those who know less.
Most of all, you will see how having more refined technical skills isn’t the only thing that counts and you’ll find out that those who know little might be of great help for you.
How many people will be participating?
This is going to be a test run, so I’m keeping the numbers lower than usual and I’ll close the gates at 30 participants
Will I be graded?
Yes and no: I will never tell you if your photo is “good” or “beautiful”, but every week you will receive a score based on your ability to turn in your assignment on time and stick to the brief.
This will function as a compass, for you, because if your perception is that no one understands your genius but you end the lab with a 10%, maybe you might want to consider putting a little more effort
When will I get access to the Forum?
You will have access to the Lazy Photographers Forums on March 22nd 2019: this will give you a full week to look around, introduce yourself and get ready to work.
Access to the forums will be granted until all video feedback on the personal projects have been delivered and a little more (we expect between July 15th and July 20th, to give people time to tying up loose ends and complete assignment if they wish to do so)
What’s your refund Policy?
You will be eligible for a full refund until two weeks after your payment date. You cannot receive a refund once the Support Group for Lazy Photographers is started (after March 22nd 2019)
To request a refund, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org from the address you used to subscribe and we will proceed to give you a full refund if the request is issued within two weeks of your payment date.
After that time we can put you in touch with someone who might be interested in taking your place, if that person exists at the time of your request.