Lab / Education

As a Light Work Lab member, we want you to get the most from our facility and staff. We are proud to offer a variety of classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to go deeper with your photography, learn from professionals in the field, and meet fellow members.

Online Workshops & Classes

Workshops at Light Work Lab focus on a single idea or topic and take place in one day. This is an opportunity to learn, meet fellow members, and leave with a new skill. We often bring professional artists and skilled community members in to lead our workshops.

Classes cover basic to advanced topics and run once a week for four to six weeks. Our classes give you an opportunity to build up your work and ask questions over several meetings. Our knowledgeable staff run our classes. They can pass on their great technique to you.

Light Work Lab members receive discounts on all classes and workshops. No matter your skill level,  staff are here to help you go further with your photography. Begin or renew your membership today. 

Scroll down to see our current line-up of workshops and classes.

Virtual One-on-One Sessions

Not seeing what you are looking for? Don’t have time in your schedule for a class? Our virtual one-on-one sessions are a great option. Virtual one-on-one sessions allow you to pick a topic and meet directly with an expert. Please inquire about our pre-created options, or send us the topic and we can get started on crafting a session just for you. Take a look at the topic ideas below, or reach out with your idea. Sessions start at $30 per hour.

Recent virtual session topics:

  • Color Correction
  • File organization
  • Photoshop basics
  • Lightroom workflow
  • Masking
  • Retouching
  • Camera Raw
  • Book Editing

No matter your skill level, we’re here to help you go further with your photography. E-mail us to book your virtual one-on-one session today! If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of our workshops, classes, or sessions, please inform us when booking.

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Fall 2020 – Remote Lectures

Light Work & Syracuse University Transmedia Remote Lectures

Select Tuesdays @ 6pm

Light Work Lab in partnership with The Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University is happy to present a series of remote lectures throughout the Fall of 2020. We have brought together four contemporary voices in fine art photography. These four showcase a range of approaches, styles and ideas. Please join us for these intimate zoom talks followed by time for you to ask questions directly to the presenters.

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See Below for details

Hannah Price

Tuesday / October 13th 6pm EST

Single Lecture $15  / Season Pass (all four lectures) $30


Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

About the lecture: Hannah Price’s practice encompasses both Photography and Film. Her work is primarily interested in documenting relationships, race politics, and misperception.

Bio: Raised in Fort Collins, CO (b.1986). Price is internationally known for her project City of Brotherly Love (2009-2012), a series of photographs of the men who catcalled her on the streets of Philadelphia. In 2014, Price graduated from Yale School of Art MFA Photography program, receiving the Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography and is currently a Magnum Nominee. Over the past nine years, Price’s photos have been displayed in several cities across the United States with a few residing in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Currently, Ms. Price lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Irina Rozovsky

Tuesday / October 20th 6pm EST

Single Lecture $15  / Season Pass (all four lectures) $30


Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

About the lecture: I believe there is something to be photographed most anywhere and consider the camera a third eye. For me, the pictured fact is felt rather than known, questioned rather than confirmed. In previous years, I made pictures by wandering in far-flung places. Questions of migration, diaspora, rootlessness, and personal versus political freedom resonated for me photographically in Israel, Cuba, former Yugoslavia. Recently, I am working from home in Athens, Georgia–looking at nature, weather, light, and approaching photography like acrobatics.

Bio: Irina Rozovsky (born 1981, Russia) is a photographer living in Athens, Georgia. She has exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and abroad. She has published two monographs, One to Nothing (2011) and Island in my Mind (2015). A monograph of her ten year project In Plain Air is forthcoming in 2021. Irina’s work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Haggerty Museum of Art and is featured in MoMA’s New Photography: Companion Pieces exhibition this fall. She has been published by The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Harpers, ZeitMagazin, and others. With her husband Mark Steinmetz, she runs The Humid, a photographic project space in Athens, GA.

S. Billie Mandle

Tuesday / October 27th 6pm EST

Single Lecture $15  / Season Pass (all four lectures) $30


Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

About the lecture: Using photography as a tool for observation and obstruction, S. Billie Mandle’s projects address power, place and vulnerability. Her practice is guided by extensive research into the histories and politics embedded within each of her subjects, which include a home for refugees, a hospital for the mentally ill and the California Missions. She will be talking about her recent book, Reconciliation, 10 years of photographing confessionals throughout the United States.  The book offers a queer perspective on religious spaces, drawing attention to the fallibility of faith and forgiveness.

Bio:S. Billie Mandle is an artist based in Los Angeles and Western Massachusetts. Her work has been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire Taconic Trust and her images have been featured in publications such as Aperture, Cabinet and Wired. Her monograph Reconciliation was published in summer 2020. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Lesley Martin w/ Penelope Umbrico

Tuesday / Nov 17th 6pm EST

Single Lecture $15  / Season Pass (all four lectures) $30


Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

About the lecture: Details forthcoming, please check back soon.

Fall 2020 — Online Workshops

Home Printing How To

October 29th, 6pm EST
Instructor: Dan Boardman
Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

Class Description

This workshop will help you with the complex set-up and troubleshooting of your home inkjet printer. We will guide you through what to check in your image, color space, profiles, soft proofing and more. No two printers act the same, and learning their idiosyncratic nature can be frustrating. This workshop is designed to help get through the problems faster and get consistency from your desktop printer.

Meet your instructor

Dan Boardman received his BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008 and his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in both public and private collections. In 2013, Boardman was a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and, in 2016, Aperture short-listed him for their PhotoBook Award. Recent exhibitions include 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, Harvard University, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland, The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, University of Notre Dame, and Sad Gallery in Seattle.

Portfolio Prep & Strategies for Calls for Entry

November 19th / 6pm-8pm EST
Instructor: David Oresick

Member ($25) / Non-member ($50)

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Workshop will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to workshop.

Class Description

Silver Eye Executive Director David Oresick discusses strategies for how to prepare your photography portfolio, artist statement, and CV for calls for entry for exhibitions, fellowships, and residencies. Learn from a curator’s perspective how to select and sequence your images and edit your artist statement to create the most impactful and compelling application possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring in drafts of applications they are working in.

Meet your instructor

David Oresick is the Executive Director at Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. David holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and as the Lab Manager at Light Work in Syracuse, New York before joining Silver Eye in 2014.

Fall 2020 — Online Classes

Intro to Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Mondays / Oct 26th – Nov 16th, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Granville Carroll
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

Materials Needed: Photoshop

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Clases will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to class.

Class Description

Photoshop is a complex and powerful program that can feel like a massive undertaking to learn. We have designed this course to help get you started with the essentials. Over four sessions you will learn how to import your images, make color and density corrections, masking, and basic retouching. With these basic tools you can get the most from your images, and you will have solid footing to explore photoshop more.


Meet your instructor

Granville Carroll is a visual artist and educator currently based in Rochester, NY. He works with photography, digital compositing, and photo-manipulation. Carroll uses the indexical nature of photography to bend the world and create new and imaginative landscapes and self-portraits through the lens of Afrofuturism. Carroll received a BFA in Photography from Arizona State University and recently graduated with a MFA in Photography and Related Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Carroll was awarded a MFA scholarship for Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2020, placing him amongst the top 200 finalists. Carroll’s work has been exhibited nationally and has recently been featured on Lenscratch, Photo-Emphasis, Humble Arts Foundation, and In the In-Between.

Lightroom Classic
Four Week Online Class

Wednesdays / Oct 28th – Nov 18th, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Hugo Teixeira
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

Materials Needed: Lightroom Classic

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Clases will be held via Zoom app (account not required). Link to join will be sent to all registered prior to class.

Class Description

Lightroom is a wonderful way to organize and develop your images. Getting started can be tricky. This course is designed to get you up and running in the right direction. We will cover the essentials of what Lightroom Classic has to offer, from organizing and editing to tonal and color adjustments and final output. You will leave this course with the tools and workflow to organize and create great images.

Meet your instructor

Hugo Teixeira grew up in the Luso-American community in San Jose, California. A linguist by training, he studied photography at San Jose State University and Lisbon’s Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação and graduated from the MFA in Photography and Related Media program at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2020. His artwork relies on photography, common materials, advanced technical skillsets and memory to create contemporary conceptual images and sculptures. As an artist and teacher, Hugo has exhibited work in the United States, Portugal, and the Macau Special Administrative Region of China.