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The Photo Student Handbook
Essential Advice on Learning Photography and Launching Your Career Path

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ISBN 9780367618148
August 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Focal Press
232 Pages

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Book Description

The Photo Student Handbook is a collection of short, easy to read chapters filled with expert advice on enhancing image-making skills and launching a career as a professional photographer.

Designed to help students grow beyond the technical aspects of photography, this book presents a variety of methods and strategies proven to strengthen visual awareness, engage creative thinking, and deepen the conceptual aspects of image-making. Topics include how to:

- improve the ability to actively see;

- understand light as a main character;

- cultivate a creative mind;

- make a standout portfolio;

- unpack critical theory;

- and find and develop a creative voice.

Packed with valuable tips, insights, and advice from over a hundred instructors, professionals, senior students, and experts, this book is engineered to help instructors guide students step-by-step through the methods and strategies needed to achieve creative success both in the classroom and the real world.

This book is ideal for intermediate and advanced level photography students and instructors alike. Visit the accompanying website for extra chapters, exercises, quizzes, and more.

Table of Contents

Part I: Explore 1. This Book’s Audience: Students & Instructors 2. How to Use This Book: Advice on Taking Advice 3. 10 Things Your Instructors Want You to Know 4. 10 Things Your Instructors Don’t Tell You Part II: Discover 5. Intro to Photography and Why It Matters 6. What Kind of Photographer Are You? 7. Your Photographic Voice 8. Find Your Audience 9. Meet Your Community Part III: Practice 10. Active Seeing 11. Develop Your Perception of Light 12. Critique and the Seven C’s 13. Tips for Unpacking Critical Theory Part IV: Create 14. The Photographer’s Brain – A User Manual 15. Your Creative Mind 16. Cultivate Your Creativity 17. Creative Possibilities 18. Superpowers Need Super-fuels! Part V: Learn 19. How to Ace Assignments - Be P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D. 20. Be a R.I.S.K. Taker 21. Motivation Leads to Productivity 22. Time & Energy Management 23. Make a Standout Portfolio 24. D.Y.N.A.M.I.C. Titles Part VI: Career 25. My Photography Speaks for Itself. Doesn’t it? 26. Advising for Success 27. Become Highly Qualified 28. Launch Your Career Path Part VII: Advice 29. Guidance on Your Photography Practice, Assignments, & Critique 30. Essential Advice on Career, Tools, and Mentors

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Garin Horner is an award-winning educator, photographer, and author. He is the Director of the Adrian College Center for Effective Teaching and Vice-Chair and Secretary for the Midwest Society for Photographic Education. His previous works include The Photography Teacher’s Handbook and Teaching Photography, 2nd Edition.