Exposed has always considered its mission to connect photographers with opportunities. Our next project will do that two-fold: Giving skilled photographers an opportunity to learn how to teach others, and giving very new photographers a place to learn something new about taking images.
Let’s start with the teachers. (We mean you, so keep reading.) Each of us loves a certain thing about photography that we do all the time. It might be taking pictures of all the luscious things at the farmers market every Sunday morning, or developing your own film, or setting up a tripod at sunset for that perfect Harvest moon photo.
Exposed DC wants you to share that thing you love. We plan to sponsor some classes through Knowledge Commons DC, a “free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers — taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone.” These classes let people in D.C. share their passions with others. In the spring semester, you could sign up for a class on anything from Small Scale Urban Composting, to Intro to American Whiskey, to a seminar on Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” or the lesser known monuments in D.C.
You can teach one of these! You don’t have to be an expert, just a person who’s practiced something enough to give others some great pointers. Our team brainstormed some ideas of skills we’ve seen our photographers display:
- Taking great pictures of food
- Techniques at Gravelly Point to catch the airplanes
- How to make a pinhole camera
- Macro photos of flowers (teach your class in a public garden!)
- Working with flash / natural light / low light
- Working with wide lenses or fisheyes
- Experimenting with focal length / panning
- Making sunprints
- Night sky photography
- How to market yourself as a freelance photographer
The classes can take place just about anywhere, classrooms or out in the field. They can be highly specific! (KCDC once had a class on manscaping your beard!) Never taught a class? That’s great – you’re the ones we’re looking for! Exposed will help you with as much as you need: Finding a venue, creating an outline, getting any supplies, and of course, promoting the class. You can also limit your class size to whatever you’re comfortable with.
It’s okay if you only have a vague idea; we can help you figure out exactly what the subject can be. The classes will be taught in the fall semester, and we’re open to sponsoring more than one class. We need to know in the next few weeks if you’re interested, but we’ll have a few months to get everything ready.
Interested? Drop us a line!