Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

Session I: July 6 – 31, 2020
Duration: 4 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: Thursdays6:30 – 8 p.m. EST
Cost: $344
Course Number: 72727

Dates & Deadlines  Registration Information

Course Description:

Are you a beginner photographer who is looking to improve your portraits, or are you an enthusiast looking for some more tips, tricks and ideas?  If so, this class may be for you. In this course, we will explore portraiture using the place we are most familiar with as our stage and our studio: the home. We will discuss the various approaches for making engaging portraits of family members and loved ones at home in an intimate setting. Topics explored will be camera settings, working with available light, using props and styling a scene, improvisation, developing a vocabulary of poses to use, and post-production techniques. We will also discuss portraiture and photographing in the home within the historical context of photography as a medium.

Program & Technology Requirements

Required Technology

  • Reliable internet access
  • Minimally, a laptop with webcam and audio. (Best would be a monitor connected to laptop or desktop)


Michael W. Hicks

Michael W. Hicks is a Syracuse, NY based artist and educator. He received his MFA in art photography from Syracuse University in 2018 and was a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including shows at the Haubrok Foundation in Berlin, Germany, at the SFO Museum in San Francisco, CA and at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica, NY. His work is in collections at the Guggenheim Museum Library, at Syracuse University Special Collections, and at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA.