The Light Fantastic with Carl Kerridge

Are you someone who looks for the beauty beyond the mundane? Are you ready to open yourself to the unlimited visual potential available at any moment by learning to quiet the mind and tap into an inner lens of heightened awareness; sensitive to the beauty that surrounds us?
Category: Creative Awakening
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The Light Fantastic: A Visual Inner Journey

Through the eyes of a lens we observe and capture the passage of light, each moment of time offering a changing reflection. This course will cover an introduction to the basic principles of a camera’s function, an understanding of light, personal philosophy and practices to help us witness and capture defining moments. All levels and cameras (iPhones too!) are welcome.

This course will start with an introduction to the basic principles of a camera’s function, how images made of light are saved to an analog or digital medium and replicate what we see with the human eye. It will also cover philosophy rooted in the Taoist teachings of “constant awareness”.  Together we will explore practices to open ourselves to the endless possibilities of the now and how we can not only witness but capture that defining moment. Each weekly live component will have a photo assignment with optional judging. The course will be available to everyone at any level of photography experience with any level of camera (even iPhone). It is more about the philosophy of opening ourselves to witness the boundless possibilities than an instructional course on camera technique.

Course Length: 8 hours


Course Topics:

  • Gain an elementary understanding of how the images we interpret with our eyes are recorded on analog or digital mediums
  • Learn the basic rules of photography, light, exposure, composition, focus and how to break them to create your own vision
  • Be introduced to the Taoist philosophy of small and big mind
  • Develop practices to open yourself to the unlimited possibilities and how to turn your visions into images
  • Connect with a community of people that enjoy exploring and pushing the limits of our visual world
  • Engage in a weekly photo challenge with judging to inspire new techniques

Curriculum:

LESSON ONE: SMALL MIND. BIG MIND

  • Quick introduction to camera operation and the elementary principles of creating a photo – exposure (ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed)
  • Guide to the 10 major rules of composition and how to break them
  • Introduction to the Taoist path of little and great understanding and how that applies to photography
  • Photo challenge

LESSON TWO: EXPANDING BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE

  • Explore the visual aspects of light
  • Expand the Taoist principles of little and great understanding with practical and real world tips
  • Favorite photography quotes
  • Photo challenge

LESSON THREE: SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES

  • Guide to photography equipment and software options to help capture your inner visions
  • Awareness and mindfulness practices to take on your next photography field trip
  • Breaking down the barriers to seeing
  • Photo challenge

LESSON FOUR: EVERYDAY IN-SIGHT

  • The path to conscious camerawork and discovering your inner child
  • Seeing beyond seeing
  • Review of photo challenge images and announcement for the winner (prize included)
  • Final Q and A

Lessons

Welcome

Welcome! Welcome to the Digital Temple! Welcome to this amazing course! Welcome to your journey. We are so honored you are here with us. ONLINE COURSE BEST PRACTICES Google Chrome or Firefox are the preferred browsers (and in some cases the only browsers) to access the classroom materials and our live streams can only be accessed with Chrome. [...]

Lesson One: Small Mind. Big Mind.

Welcome to Week One: Small Mind. Big Mind What we will be covering this week: Quick introduction to camera operation and the elementary principles of creating a photo – exposure (ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed) Guide to the 10 major rules of composition and how to break them Introduction to the Taoist path of little [...]

Lesson Two: Expanding Beyond What You See

WELCOME TO LESSON TWO: EXPANDING BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE In this lesson you will explore: Explore the visual aspects of light Expand the Taoist principles of little and great understanding with practical and real world tips Favorite photography quotes Photo challenge What is here: Lecture Link (or stream below) Handout (download below)

Lesson Three: Shifting Perspectives

WELCOME TO THE LIGHT FANTASTIC: LESSON THREE – SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES Guide to photography equipment and software options to help capture your inner visions Awareness and mindfulness practices to take on your next photography field trip Breaking down the barriers to seeing Photo challenge WHAT IS HERE Link to lecture (or stream below) Week Three Handout (download below)

Lesson Four: Everyday In-Sight

WELCOME TO WEEK FOUR: EVERYDAY IN-SIGHT The path to conscious camerawork and discovering your inner child Seeing beyond seeing Review of photo challenge images and announcement for the winner (prize included) Final Q and A WHAT IS HERE Link to lecture (or stream below) Handout (coming soon)