June 26th - July 31st

**Registrations ends on June 15th or until all spaces are filled**

"When you look at something, look at it with a purpose"
Yossi Breger

Date: June 26th - July 31st
Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

All programs will be in English

Total: 735€

Please read the Terms and Conditions before applying.
Fill out the Registration form.

After completion of this course students will receive a certificate
from ESDIP Escuela de Arte.


During this course, you will learn to observe and to articulate your intention when looking at a subject, be it a landscape, still life or portrait.  
​We will cover the technological aspects of photography, so that you will be able to use your camera to its fullest potential. These aspects include exposure, shutter speed, aperture, photographing in different light modes, depth of field, motion and movement as well as night-photography. We will look into the basics of editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as different printing techniques.  
You will also learn about the history of photography, starting with the first photographic process and working our way up to the current digital era, present these days in the arts and design world. In addition we will invite guest photographers to talk about their work and visit photography exhibitions in galleries and museums.  

Apart from the theoretical and technical information, each week you will be given a task based on a specific theme. During each class meeting, we will look together at the photographs that you have created and have an open discussion on each student's photographs. One learns a lot through talking and hearing about your own and your classmates' photographs. Discussing photography and learning its language is a crucial part of understanding the medium.  

› Photoshop (basics)
› Lightroom (basics)
› Printing techniques
› Talks by professional Photographers
› Visits to galleries and museums

› At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to exhibit their project in a collective exhibition at ESDIP Berlin's Art Gallery. 

- Each student should own a DSLR camera (or similar) and a tripod. 


1: Introduction  

An introduction to each student and your inspirations. During our first lesson there will be an historical survey of photography from the 19th century to today. We will learn about the different technologies and philosophies of what makes photography, as well as look at important photographers from the beginning of photography until today.  

2: Aperture, focus  

We will look at all the parts of the camera  and understand how they work. You will learn the basic features of your camera and lens and we will discuss the role of the aperture and focus, and how they affect the depth of field in your photographs. You will understand how this influences the composition of your photographs and we will practice several methods in the studio and look at examples of how photographers used depth of field and focus in their work.  

3: Light is crucial  

Light is the most crucial aspect of photography. Some call the act of photography "drawing with light". We will learn how the camera reads light and which parts of the camera to control in order to achieve the amount of light that we want. You will practice photographing differently lit scenes, and how to control each scene. We will learn about the role of ISO and the camera's sensor. You will learn about how the light affects the quality and atmosphere of your photos and that of the subject that you are photographing. We will look at photographers where light plays a central character in their work.  

4: To freeze a movement and blurriness  

You will learn how to freeze a moving object as well as how to blur the same movement as well. We will understand the role of the shutter speed in achieving these affects. We will work with tripods and practice the pros and cons of photographing with a tripod. We will practice together in the studio and look at photographer's works who have such elements present in their work. 

5: Composition and still life  

We will host a guest designer and talk about building a composition in design, photography and painting. We will experience the world of colour and form. We will build a still-life set together. You will design the set and the scenery as well as learn how to create the atmosphere for your still life objects.  

6: Reading  

We will read and discuss the article "On Photography" by theorist Susan Sontag. 


7: Night-time

We will meet at night and practice together how to photograph a night scene in the city, with and without a flash light.  

8: Portraits  

We will look at examples of portraits in painting and photography and try to understand what makes a good portrait. We will also talk about the psychological aspects of photographing another person. You will practice photographing each other in the studio. 

9: Guest

A guest photographer will be invited to present and talk about his or her work. They will also be present for our discussion about the portraits you have photographed during your weekly task.

10: The street and its architecture  

We will walk around the city and look at different architecture and explore ways in which buildings, people and street scenery can be photographed. 

11: Exhibition viewing  

We will meet together and visit several photography exhibitions while discussing the works in the galleries or museum. The time and place will be announced according to what is being shown in the city. 

12: Introduction to Lightroom and Photoshop  

A basic introduction to the developing software, Lightroom, and the editing software Photoshop. You will learn to edit your photos using this software and how to prepare your photos for print and internet.​

13: Final exhibition  

During the last weeks of the course, each student will be working on a series of photographs on a topic of his/her choice. Each student will have the opportunity to exhibit their project in a collective exhibition at ESDIP Berlin's Art Gallery. 


 * At the end of each class meeting, a home task will be given. Each week we will look at the photographs together. Discussion is an important part of learning the medium of  photography. 


Ariel Reichman is an international artist and photographer based in Berlin. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world, as well as publications in magazines and newspapers. He holds a Masters degree in art and has been enrolled a lecturer at various art universities.


Please read the Terms and Conditions before registration. The registration form must be sent together with a copy of the bank transfer receipt via email to hi(at)



Please note that the class has a limited number of places that will be therefore assigned on a first come – first enrolled basis!

Payment must be done in full before June 15th (Total: 735€).
Payment settlement is a condition to admission into class and booking cannot be confirmed until full payment has been received.


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