Everyone has a unique and authentic voice, but its purest form may often be marred by fear or the influence of others. This course will help you nurture your visual voice and express your true creativity in your images.
Your visual voice is as unique as your fingerprint, and it transcends where you live and even the subjects you shoot. Join Caroline Jensen as she walks through the keys to developing a distinctive voice, techniques for analyzing your own work critically, and guidance for swimming through the sea of influences competing for your attention. From recognizing the impact of our photographer crushes to managing the mountains of advice available online, Caroline will give you a concrete path that will help distractions fall away and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to create images unique to you. This course is not genre specific and all photographic interests are welcome.
This course is beneficial for both new and experienced photographers. You can deepen your understanding of your voice and style at any place in your creative journey.
what you’ll get
130 page book
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal audio critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
Weekly audio messages
Links to supplemental videos for discussion purposes
Read chapter one. Begin to broaden your understanding of what voice is and how it differs and relates to style. Participants will learn to define and apply voice principles in the study of their own work and the work of others.
Curate a small collection of three images that represent your current work. Use these images to answer specific questions as guided by the instructor.
Read chapter two. Learn a method for decoding your voice and learning how to deal with the issues of copying and photographer crushes. Learn a method for finding your voice within the work of others.
Complete assignments within the chapter and work to create one image that challenges a fear you identified.
Lesson Two Continued: Independent Work Week
Read chapter three. Learn a method for decoding your voice and learning how to deal with the issues of copying and photographer crushes. Learn a method for finding your voice within the work of others.
The Assignment is due at the end of the fourth week. Complete the step by step directions in chapter three and create one image that demonstrates your growth over the past two weeks. Create simple descriptors that hone in on the essence of your voice.
Read chapter four and learn steps for ongoing voice development.
Create one image based on the text of chapter four and collaborate with two to three other participants to refine your voice elements in that one image. Choose a private and public personal project for ongoing voice development and join the alumni forum for ongoing discussion.
about your instructor
Caroline Jensen, A Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a photographic artist living on the prairie. Her favorite things include cozy nights in front of her natural wood fireplace, camping in her Airstream, and read alouds with her children. Photography is her expressive outlet and features emotive black and white portraiture, unique macro work, colorful landscapes, and food photography. Her gear includes her Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses, as well as vintage lenses and Lensbaby lenses that express her photographic voice perfectly. She has been featured in many publications including: Dreamer Journal, Sony Alpha Universe, Pro Photo Daily, and numerous times in Click magazine as well as on the packaging of the Lensbaby Sweet 50, Velvet , and Burnside lenses. She teaches four popular workshops at Click Photo School where she encourages creativity and development of visual voice. View Caroline’s work here.
how it works
All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Materials vary by program
study & ask questions
Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.