Artistic Photography: Transforming Concepts into Images

A course by Irene Cruz
Photographer, cinematographer and video artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined July 2020
, Photographer, cinematographer and video artist

Express your inner self through the lens and learn to direct models to achieve more personal photos

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (50)
  • 780 students

Express your inner self through the lens and learn to direct models to achieve more personal photos



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (50)
  • 780 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 lessons (1h 29m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course


There are several ways to capture an idea visually. For Irene Cruz, photographer, cinematographer, and video artist, the best way to showcase her vision of the world is through images. To do so, she considers the role of models essential, acting as a crucial element for bringing a photographer's vision to life.

In this course, learn how to direct models during a photo session and create conceptual photographs that showcase your inner self. By exploring the connection between who is in front of the camera and who is behind it, you can learn to take photographs that reflect your deepest emotions.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The time has come for introspection and construction of the concept
  • U3
    U3. The moment of truth: take a picture!
  • U4
    U4. To choose and edit
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get started by learning about your teacher, Irene Cruz. Hear about why she considers photography to be her first language (even over her mother tongue), what references she has, and what her creative process is like. She introduces you to the course and encourages you to explore your uniqueness through art. Let the adventure begin!

Next, learn to brainstorm new ideas using something that represents you or moves you emotionally. Once you have established your concept, see how to develop it through the pre-production of your photo session. See how to make a mood board, select a location, choose models, and secure the materials you need.

Now it’s time to go into action. First, get some outdoor lighting tips from Irene. Work on the framing and settings of your camera before learning about how to deal with models. Then, learn some tricks for how to act in the case you have a creative block or things don’t go smoothly.

In the last part of the course, Irene shows you how to choose and discard images based on different criteria. Then, she explains how to apply the final touches to your image and explains the personal and professional outlets for your work.

What is this course's project?

Take a three-photograph series that expresses a personal idea through a process of self-discovery.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for all types of photographers, including amateurs and beginners, those exploring a career in photography, and anyone interested in knowing more about locations, landscapes, and dealing with models.

What you need

To take this course, a basic knowledge of photography is recommended. Above all, you need a desire to start creating photography that is more artistic and conceptual.

As for materials, you need a camera (it can be the camera on your phone) and an editing software. Irene recommends using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw, but other editing software is also ok.


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Irene Cruz

A course by Irene Cruz

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Photographer, cinematographer and video artist

Born in Madrid and based in Berlin for more than seven years, Irene Cruz is a photographer, cinematographer, and video artist. She combines her work on projects in art market and cinema with her work teaching at centers and universities in the UK, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland.

Her conceptual photography work is characterized by its use of natural, cold, filtered light to create gloomy and mysterious atmospheres. She has participated in festivals, fairs, and exhibitions around the world, including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Círculo de Bellas Artes or the Palacio de Cibeles in Madrid, the KunstHalle or the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Project Art Space in NYC.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    The time has come for introspection and construction of the concept

    • Birth of the concept
    • From concept to project
    • Location selection
    • The models
    • materials
  • U3

    The moment of truth: take a picture!

    • First steps: light
    • Framing and camera settings
    • My muses
    • Session address
  • U4

    To choose and edit

    • Image dump
    • Photo selection
    • Final touches
    • Professional outings
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Artistic Photography: Transforming Concepts into Images

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Artistic Photography: Transforming Concepts into Images. A Photography, and Video course by Irene Cruz

Artistic Photography: Transforming Concepts into Images

A course by Irene Cruz
Photographer, cinematographer and video artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined July 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (50)
  • 780 students