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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
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Teacher: Susan Burnstine

What you'll learn in this photography class:

Viewing the world indirectly offers us a unique opportunity to communicate ideas and emotions in ways that move beyond the usual representation of a subject. Whether our inspiration takes root in grand landscapes or the smallest of microscopic organisms, the possibilities are endless when we examine the world from diverse perspectives.

This online workshop gives participants the skills to identify key abstract elements and skills to create compositions that bear little or no resemblance to the subject at hand. As we explore how metaphor relates to nonfigurative images, we effectively uncover the best approaches for realizing our personal visions, delving into techniques such as selective focus, multiple exposure, reflection, intentional camera movement, light and shadow, and context.

Through real-time presentations, group critiques, guest artist talks, portfolio reviews and weekly assignments that can be completed anywhere that inspires; students will develop confidence to create abstract images that reach beyond conventional graphic form to achieve distinctive poetic representation.

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. 

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Refund Policy

A $25 administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests. The request must arrive greater than one week prior to the course start date. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving one week or less prior to the course start date.

All refund requests must be submitted via email to [email protected]

Note: Special Guests Workshops carry different refund policies. Please refer to “Special Guest Refund Policy” sections below.

Upon receipt of a refund request, students will be provided the option of receiving course credit towards the purchase of another course. If a student elects to receive credit, no administrative fee will be charged. All credits must be used within two years from the date of issue.

Refund Policy for Rare Circumstances

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are revising our refund policy for “Rare Circumstances.” These circumstances may include, but are not limited to, pandemic outbreaks, natural disasters, and economic collapse/depressions. During troubling times such as these, refunds are not permitted. Instead, students will be given credit good for three years from date of issue. Credits are good toward any class or workshop, except travel.


Credits may not be redeemed for refunds or cash back. A student’s decision to receive credit in lieu of a refund is final and may not be changed at a future date.


Students may elect to transfer applicable course fees towards the purchase of another course, limit of one transfer per class. All transfer requests must adhere to the refund policy noted above and/or in conjunction with Special Guests Workshop refund policies below.

Course Cancellations

On occasion a course may cancel due to low enrollment or unforeseen instructor conflicts. If such a case occurs, all students will be refunded in full. We do not take responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, hotel expenses, or any other costs that may be attributable toward enrolling in a course.

Special Guest Refund Policy

A $75 administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests arriving 61 days or greater before the course start date.

If the request arrives 31-60 days prior to the course start date, 50 percent of the applicable workshop fee will be retained.

No refunds are provided for requests arriving 0 – 30 days prior to the course start date.

All refund requests must be submitted via email to [email protected]

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The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, is a photo center devoted to advancing the skills and increasing the personal enrichment of photographers of all experience levels and ages. The organization offers nearly 150 photography classes and workshops...

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