Photographing Modern Culture

Course Brief :

Throughout photography’s history, image-makers have tried to emulate the work of master photographers. While this approach is very valid and can help establish a personal style and give the photographer some notoriety, we must remember that all legendary photographers produced work that belonged to their particular time. In other words, their style was also a product of the times they lived in.

As a photographer of your own time, you should be comfortable working with the modern and contemporary. This course helps you embrace the excitement of the present time with the objects, situations, scenery, and people you encounter day to day. You’ll be encouraged to create while appreciating the magic in the everyday visual approach.


Upon completion of this online photography course, you will be able to:

  • Visualize exciting scenes and subjects with a modern flair and capture imagery that has a strong visual impact.
  • Interpret the power of color and in some cases, black & white and choose what’s best according to the subject captured.
  • Reframe and readjust some of your imagery to further enhance the visual strength of your capture.

What you will need:

  • A film or digital SLR camera, or any smaller point-and-shoot / mirrorless camera. Even an iPhone or other photography-ready smartphone will work. (Note: If shooting film, you will need a scanner to digitize your images).
  • Lenses (in case you use SLR’s cameras)- If you have a choice of lens, choose it according to your subject.
  • A basic understanding of your camera’s controls.
  • Photo-editing software (ideally Photoshop + Adobe Bridge).
  • Self-motivation to get the most from this instructor-interactive course.

Instructor : Miguel Gómez

Currently Teaching

Reviews :

Really enjoyed this course with Miguel. Being in my mid-20s, I found the subject something I live with in New York on a daily basis - the crowds, the cafes and restaurants - just the whole "Youth Scene." The assignments were challenging, but fun to go out and do. Miguel is a super instructor with loads of patience and insight. This was my first online photography course with The Compelling Image, and I'm certain I'll be back for more. Thanks !

By Kirk Manuels
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Category : Advance , Intermediate
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