Candela is an e-course about moving away from a technical approach to photography, and towards an approach based on the very core of the creative practice: intuition, emotion, and heartfelt personal inquiry. Sometimes, the inner artist needs a little extra encouragement and direction. Candela is designed to support new artistic growth and help photographers take meaningful new steps in their creative practice.
I believe wonderful things can happen when we nurture our inner artist. When we turn our attention away from all the bells and whistles in photography, away from the lure of newer, better, more expensive gear, and towards what really matters, we develop a richer artistic practice.
What really matters? The people and places we love in the world, the experiences that make us laugh and cry and jump with delight, the things that connect us more deeply to life, love, and the human experience - these are the things that really matter. This is the territory we need to explore as artists. Are you ready to join me?
- Laura Valenti
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INCLUDE?
The e-course includes inspirational readings, audio slideshows, lectures, and weekly photography projects designed to help expand creative boundaries. Candela: Finding Inspiration Through Photography is at the heart of Laura’s teaching. Developed over ten years of teaching, the course distills everything she feels is most essential to the creative photographic process. The course is highly interactive, and you'll be cheered on and supported every day by Laura and the lively community of fellow students. It's such a fun way to learn and grow as an artist.
If you choose the mentoring option when you register, the course will also include a phone/Skype call with Laura and a review of your past photographic work, your website (if you happen to have one), or any portfolios or extra images you'd like to share. Mentoring is a nice opportunity to chat about personal goals and challenges and to map out next steps with more guidance and support. Mentorship sessions are jam packed with ideas, detailed feedback, and actionable, personalized advice.
WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Candela is designed to fit easily into your busy schedule. Four days a week, you'll get a healthy dose of photo inspiration in your inbox, and you'll have one creative photography project to complete each week at your own pace. Unlike a traditional classroom experience, Candela lessons can be taken at any hour of the day or night, whenever it suits you best. You can take the course at 3am in your pajamas, if you like! You can always repeat a lesson if you need to, and there is no such thing as falling behind. You'll have access to all the lessons for at least a year after the course ends. You'll likely need about two hours each week to complete the material. The online classroom is also a great, safe space for posting comments and receiving feedback on images and ideas. Laura will be your guide throughout the course, supporting you with encouraging feedback and advice.
WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO I NEED?
All cameras are welcome! You don’t need anything fancy to take this course. In fact, the simpler, the better! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, camera phones, pinhole cameras – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. Film shooters must be able to scan images to share in the online classroom.
HOW GOOD DO I NEED TO BE?
Since Candela is a conceptual photography course (as opposed to a technical class), thoughtful photographers at any level may join. Students should be comfortable with basic camera operations, and must know how to upload images to their computers. We’re here to learn – if you feel you have something to learn about the creative process, you’re in the right spot.