Beyond the Frame: A Photography Intensive

A view of Dawnbreaker Farms in Orange County, NC, by 2017 Beyond the Frame student Ellie Marshall.

Students will sharpen their ability to use photography for creative storytelling by documenting the small farms that sell at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market. Orange County has a rich, diverse agricultural community, and each farm is a unique contributor to the area’s food mix. Each student will be matched with a producer, and together the group will tell the story of this region’s farmers in images.

The class will explore issues of technical proficiency, visual acuity, and composition, as students learn how empathy and personal connection can imbue images with feeling and meaning. This six-day course will include: interpreting subjects' stories; using personal style to tell those stories; shooting in the field; group critiques; editing and post-production; sequencing; and possibly guest speakers and studio/gallery/museum visits. Selected photographs will be published in a print-on-demand book that will be sent to students and subjects after the intensive. (38 hours/All Levels)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including the Village Voice and the New York Times Magazine. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. After Hurricane Katrina he cofounded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina, he has helped develop and coordinate what is now the Click! Triangle Photography Festival. His most recent project, “Drawn to Water,” debuted as a solo exhibition at Flanders Gallery in Raleigh in October 2016.

Additional information:
Students should bring their own cameras, preferably with full manual control (cameras will be provided for those who don't have them). Sunday evening includes a barbecue dinner, and lunch will be provided throughout the week.

Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, June 7: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, June 8–11: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, June 12: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.

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Lankard 6/7 - 6/12 Mo Tu We Th Fr Su Varied $750.00 View

Creating Compelling Content (Online)


This course introduces students to the audio- and video-editing tools they need to become versatile multimedia producers and to create compelling content for clients or their online portfolios. Through a series of eight sessions, students will gain rigorous practice in industry-standard software tools, namely Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Virtual step-by-step tutorials will guide students through crafting an audio story and producing a video project made with a DSLR camera or smartphone. Through completing two multimedia lab projects as well as curating a final digital portfolio, students will learn how to keep audiences engaged by producing compelling narratives on multiple platforms, as well as what it means to tell stories with impact, intention, and authenticity.

There will be no class on 3/9/2020.

Summer Dunsmore is a documentary artist and filmmaker from San Diego, California. A recent graduate of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University, her portfolio includes producing multimedia content for Marketplace-APM, Duke University’s Campus Center, Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, Consequence of Sound, Project Concern International, and more. In May 2018, Summer collaborated with other video artists, performers and faculty from Duke’s SLIPPAGE! Lab on an hour-long installation utilizing audio and video documentary, performance, and live-interfacing sound technologies for Durham’s Moogfest. She is currently a videographer and video editor at Marketplace, the business and economic news program featured on NPR, as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

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Dunsmore 2/17 - 4/13 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Photography from Concept to Print to Gallery I (POSTPONED)

These are personal projects classes, designed for serious students who are interested in advancing their technical photographic skills and evaluating and defining the focus and concept of a unique and personal approach to the many aspects of the medium of still photography. From landscape to portraiture, fine art to social justice photojournalism, commercial, and studio practices, in refining the concept, workshop participants will strengthen their portfolios to pursue the appropriate venue and audience for sharing, distributing, and exhibiting their work.


Part 1: We will focus on fine-tuning your basic Photoshop editing skills while strengthening your portfolio. Two professional photographers and educators team up to provide personalized critique and instruction in an intimate group setting with access to state of the art software editing and printing.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of your camera and basic software editing skills.

(20 hours / Intermediate)


Barbara Tyroler is an experienced photographic educator and a professional portrait artist who utilizes her experience in both to integrate aesthetic form with social advocacy. She creates contemporary-style semi-abstracted imagery with emphasis on the figure, working on-site in private homes and artist studios, in therapeutic aquatic classes, and on college campuses. She creates projects that embrace the collaborative process, partnering with those who enjoy working together to make a difference through community engagement. With an MFA in digital art and a masters in education, Barbara served on the University of Maryland art department teaching staff. She offers independent critique, workshops, and seminars for photographers and is currently photographing North Carolina creative writers and the spaces they inhabit.

Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, Durward spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

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Tyroler 3/25 - 5/13 We 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $290.00 View

The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision

Many artists are defined by a signature style. This style can be expressed through subject choice, artistic technique, or other conceptual and presentational methods that make a particular photographer’s work easily identifiable and unique. It is these qualities that separate an enduring image from tomorrow’s fish wrap. By reviewing the work of established masters and emerging talents, we will delve deeply into what makes a photographer’s work distinct and successful. Students will edit their own work and critique each other’s documentary projects; the end result will be a twelve- to twenty-image portfolio that embodies each student’s singular vision. (12 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Bryce Lankard is a North Carolina native and graduate of UNC–Chapel HiIl. In 1995 he co-founded Tribe Magazine in New Orleans, serving as creative director. He moved to New York City for nine years and then returned to New Orleans in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, where he co-founded the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance. Since returning to North Carolina in 2009, he has lectured widely and taught classes at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Lankard developed the FRANK: In Focus Photography Festival that took place throughout the Triangle in fall 2012 and is coordinating the 2015 Click! Triangle Photography Festival.

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