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Teen Studio: In Focus – Studio Photography

In this three-part class, participants will be introduced to the fascinating history and multifaceted applications of studio photography. While covering the fundamentals of the medium such as lighting, working with live models, and composing images within the frame, participants will also learn about the historical roots of portraiture and how studio photographers influenced the world of fashion as we know it.

Day 1: Introduction to Portrait Photograph
– We will discuss a variety of historical references to portraiture while introducing contemporary portrait photographers and how they push the boundary of portraiture. Lighting techniques will be introduced to produce well lit environments for models.  A discussion about consent and contemporary issues will also lead participants to practice their approach to photographing individuals.

Day 2: Editorial Photography
– In this class we will expand our lighting techniques and explore different surfaces as material for our photographic still lives. We will set up “still life” or product materials for lighting practices which alter concepts or environments.

Day 3: Fashion Photography
– As we master our lighting techniques, we will introduce live models to be photographed in our studio. This gives us the opportunity to have real live experience, working with individuals with an interest in fashion! Fashion photography has influenced an influx of photographers which we will review in the context of how fashion shaped media in a contemporary lens.

All levels are welcome but participants should be familiar with their camera’s settings. For this class, participants will need a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera, or other camera with a manual exposure mode to adjust the settings for aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Make sure you have  a new (or free of space) memory card, battery, and charger. If you do not have access to a camera, Kala has a limited number of cameras for use. Please contact youtharts@kala.org in advance to ensure availability.

  • Tuition: $252
  • Location: Kala Community Classroom and Digital Lab
  • Instructor: Lee Oscar Gomez
  • 3 Classes
  • Saturday, October 29, 2022 — November 12, 2022
  • 1:00PM — 4:00PM
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the Instructor:

Lee Oscar Gomez immigrated from Mexico to the Greater Los Angeles area at an early age, where they developed a subtle awareness of the cultural differences of a new place, and a strong embodiment of record keeping to capture their experiences in a foreign land. Through documentary photography,  Gomez operates and manipulates their fascination with light to demonstrate political  visual images that address topics of gender, sexuality, belonging and self identity. These images include street photography and constructed studio shots. Using analog film processes, Gomez also captures warmth and sensitivity to these topics as a form of radical archiving. Gomez holds a BFA  from San José State University in 2019. They have exhibited their artwork  at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano,, Gallery 1202, and the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. They worked at MACLA, PabLove Shutterbugs, and most recently at Camp Kala, Kala’s Youth Summer Program. With the hope of inspiring young artists, Gomez strives to communicate the importance of light and its ability to radiate clarity and truth.