Learn the basics of photography using digital cameras and editing software (Adobe Lightroom). Tell stories with your photographs and develop fluency with photographic vocabulary. Print in Kala’s digital media lab and explore experimental darkroom processes such as cyanotypes, lumen prints, and photograms. Complete your photography toolkit with techniques for smartphone cameras to translate skills learned in class to strategies you can continue to use everyday.
Tamara Porras is an educator with experience ranging from K-12 classrooms, extracurricular arts programs, and museum settings. She began her teaching career in 2005 as a Teaching Assistant at the International Center of Photography in youth photography classes, then transitioning to a Lead Instructor in 2010. In this position, she led classes ranging from introductory black-and-white darkroom to advanced personal vision, technical, and professional practice courses. Tamara was also a Special Education teacher in grades 3-5 at PS 90 (The Edna Cohen School) and Achievement First Bushwick Elementary in Brooklyn, NY. She also led after-school photography classes for students in the school YWCA program and at The Point, a community center in the Bronx. She led the photography workshop in City College’s 2017 Fort Mason Young Artist Summer Program for middle school students. Tamara is currently a faculty member at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, an advanced pre-college media arts program for students aged 13-19. She is a staff member in the Education departments at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Tamara earned her BFA in Photography + Imaging and Journalism from New York University, an MST in Special Education (K-6) from Pace University, and MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual + Critical Studies from California College of the Arts.