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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Spring 2020 — Online Workshops

Online Archives: A how-to guide for artists
Online Workshop

Friday / May 1st, 1-2pm EST
Instructor: Courtney Asztalos
Free to All

Registration Closed

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

Class Description

Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, at the Special Collections Research Center (Syracuse University Libraries) will lead a discussion on how to use digital Special Collections resources to enrich your artistic practice while you are stuck inside. She will demonstrate strategies to develop work from primary sources and discuss collections and rare materials as a jumping off point for new ideas. Come with questions!

Meet your instructor

 Courtney Asztalos is an artist currently living in Syracuse, NY. She works in various processes— photography, sound, installation, video, drawing, artist books, and collage. Her collaborative project with Michael W. Hicks “The Glittering Eye”—a featured monograph within LOST III published by Kris Graves Projects—is slated for release spring of 2020. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, UCLA Arts Library, Duke University, the University of Miami, and others. She received her MFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and a BFA in Studio Art from Florida State University. She has photographed for the New York Times and her work also featured in the New Yorker’s Photo Booth Blog, Paper Journal, Der Greif, Dear Dave, and more. She was recently an artist in residence at The Visual Studies Workshop. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally—currently at the Photographic Center Northwest; and more recently in Picture Berlin’s “Interiors to Being,” Portfolio 2019 at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, and The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2018 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Cabin-Fever Collage Party
Online Workshop

Saturday / May 9, 8pm EST
Instructor: Dionne Lee
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.

Registration Closed

Class Description

Join Light Work online Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST for a cabin fever-relieving collage party with multimedia artist Dionne Lee. Prompts will serve as exploratory guides in combining collage with photographic imagery, followed by open studio time for making, conversation, and sharing. This workshop highlights the experimental, playful, and collaborative aspects of an artist’s practice.

Suggested Materials

Your home, turned art supply store, will yield all the materials needed to join the fun! Magazines, old books, photocopies of objects or images, contact paper, recycled flat materials, texts, and found two-dimensional objects or photographs.

Meet your instructor

Dionne Lee, born in New York City and based in Oakland, received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. In New York City, she has exhibited her work at Aperture Foundation and the school of the International Center of Photography. Her exhibitions throughout the Bay Area include Aggregate Space, Interface, LAND AND SEA, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She was Art Forum Magazine’s Critics’ Pick in 2017 and 2019.

How To Write an Artist Statement
Online workshop

Saturday, May 16 @ 1:00 pm EST, Wednesday, May 20 @ 6:00 pm EST, Saturday, May 23 @ 1:00 pm EST
Instructor: Nancy Keefe Rhodes
Member $50 / Non-member $75

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

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Registration Closed

Class Description

The craft of writing an artist statement is a crucial tool in framing and presenting your artwork that guides a range of possible viewers. While many artists hope their work speaks for itself, the well-written artist’s statement creates an important connection between you and those viewers that is fundamentally important in galleries as well as for exhibition proposals, grant and residency applications, and job opportunities.

Over three sessions, we’ll discuss elements of a successful artist’s statement and how many attempts go awry. Please bring your current working statement and any other artist’s statement that you particularly admire. In the workshop’s second session, you’ll edit your statements so they become stronger and more concise, and can better serve your aims.

Meet your instructor

Nancy Keefe Rhodes is a writer, editor, and curator whose work covers film, photo, and visual arts. She teaches in Transmedia’s film studies program at Syracuse University, conducts non-fiction prose workshops at the Downtown Writers Center, and does editorial work for a variety of publications including Light Work’s Contact Sheet.

Talking Photobooks with Fw:Books’ Hans Gremmen
Online Workshop

Saturday / May 30, 1-2:30pm EST
Instructor: Hans Gremmen
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.

Registration Closed

Class Description

Light Work welcomes prolific Amsterdam-based photobook designer Hans Gremmen on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST. Hans will be giving a short lecture and then making himself available for your questions on photobook editing, sequencing and designing. Gremmen will discuss his passion for the medium, the photobook tradition and the contemporary photobook scene. A respected and innovative designer, his affinity for spontaneity and experimentation, yield award-winning cutting-edge objects. Join the conversation, Zoom participants are invited to post responses to open a dialogue.

Meet your instructor

Hans Gremmen is a graphic designer, and founder of publishing house Fw:Books. He works in the field of photography, architecture and fine arts for clients such as Office for Contemporary Art, Norway, Aperture Foundation, Roma Publications, Darat al Funun, and TUDelft. He has designed over 300 books, and won various awards for his experimental designs. Among them a Golden Medal in the Best Book Design from all over the World competition.

Slow Photography: Storytelling and the Longterm Project
Online Workshop

Saturday / June 13th, 1-2:30pm EST
Instructor: Andres Gonzalez
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

Long-term projects are a mainstay of contemporary photography. They invite a deeper look at a subject and reflect the photographer’s vision over a sustained amount of time. This workshop will discuss strategies for creating and maintaining long-term projects as an image-maker. How do you remain focused on a body of work for several years or decades? How do you find stones to over-turn or new avenues to explore? What happens when you hit a dead end? Ultimately, how do you know when to stop? Andres Gonzalez, will be your guide, presenting and discussing his complex and moving decade-long project, American Origami, co-published as a monograph by Fw:Books and Light Work in 2019. Bring your questions for this welcoming discussion on making and maintaining long term projects.

Meet your instructor

Andres is a visual artist and educator living in Vallejo, California. His current work synthesizes in-depth research with the poetics of photography, looking for truths behind the fictional, mythic aspects of American history. His recently published book, American Origami, contains over 700 photographs, interviews, and forensic documents from six years of research into the epidemic of mass shootings in American schools. American Origami won the 2019 Light Work Photo Book Award, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Paris Photo Aperture First Book Award, and was recognized by TIME Magazine, The Guardian, and Photo-Eye as one of the best photo books of 2019. Gonzalez is also the recipient of a Pulitzer Center Grant, a Light Work artist residency, and is a Fulbright Fellow.

Spring 2020 — Online Classes

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Mondays / April 27- May 18, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Kendra Ward
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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

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Registration Closed

Class Description

Learn the foundations of adjusting and manipulating your images with Adobe Photoshop. This course will introduce workflow techniques and concepts for adjusting color and tone, resizing, saving and preparing your photographs to print or presentation online

Meet your instructor

Kendra Ward is a photographer originally from Texas and currently living in Syracuse, New York. She earned a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University, and is currently working as a Lab Assistant at Light Work.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop
Four Week Online Class

Tuesdays / April 28- May 19, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Becky Marris
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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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.

Registration Closed

Class Description

Become a retouching master in this advanced level of Adobe Photoshop. This course will give you all the tools necessary to make complex layer masks, composites, and do difficult retouching work. This workshop will make you an expert in seeing color and tone, understand sharpening, and prepare files for print. The first hour hours of this course will be instruction followed by one hour of open studio and question time.


Meet your instructor

Becky Marris is an artist working primarily in photography. She received a BFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, where she had a concentration in Photography. Her work deals with the brain’s ability to subconsciously record information, and how it ambiguously recollects those memories. She is currently a printmaker at Light Work.

Lightroom
Four Week Online Class

Wednesdays / April 29 – May 20, 6-8pm EST
Instructor: Ryan Krueger
Member ($110) / Non-member ($150)

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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.

Registration Closed

Class Description

Learn the ends and out of this incredibly versatile software. Lightroom is a great way to edit and develop your images. In this course you will learn the fundamental elements of Lightroom and discover ways to integrate Lightroom into your workflow

Meet your instructor

Ryan Krueger is originally from New Jersey and has lived for the past decade in Portland, OR, where he received his BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He has exhibited his work over the years at Blackfish Gallery and HQ Objective (both in Portland), and at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Los Angeles. Outside his art practice, Ryan also engaged with Portland’s arts community through his work as a photo technician. His years of specializing in film processing and photographic digital printing has informed his practice through commercial and community-based labs as well as a self-directed Do-It-Yourself printing practice from his own home.