A Weekend at Luther – Photography Course

Carlson Stadium

Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Join Aaron Lurth and Julie Strom in a weekend of improving your photography skills. On Friday afternoon and Saturday, they will cover basic exposure controls of the DSLR camera, share some compositional tips, demonstrate some basic skills in PhotoShop, and a few surprises. You will be given opportunities to apply your new-found skills in outings around campus and the Decorah community—including a Friday night pizza outing to Luna Valley Farm and a Saturday evening gathering at Pulpit Rocking Brewing Co. in Decorah. This weekend will culminate in producing a large print of your favorite image and hanging it for a late-morning reception on Sunday.

Camera Requirements:
All participants need to bring their own camera. The camera must be able to manually adjust exposure (aperture/shutter) and shoot in RAW format.

Farwell Residence Hall, air-conditioned rooms with twin beds

Included in cost – accommodations at Farwell Residence Hall for Friday and Saturday nights, along with Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast

Cost per person, double or single occupancy is $225
Cost per person without accommodations at Luther College  is $175

Click here to register online. Space is limited to the first 15 participants and participants must be high school age or older.

Photography Course Leaders:

Aaron Lurth

Aaron Lurth '08

For the past seven years Aaron has worn two hats here at Luther College: He serves as director of the department of Visual Media where he oversees the production of all of the photo and video marketing the college produces, and he is also the professor of photography and graphic design. Aaron loves teaching alongside those who are passionate about learning!

For nine years, Aaron was a photographer for the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) at AirVenture – the world’s largest air show. He has lead a number of photo expeditions for National Geographic, was the staff photographer for the Cedar Rapids Kernals, the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and has been a writer on the subject of photography for the Huffington Post.

His work has been used by National Geographic, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV.com, Time, The Des Moines Register, General Electric, CNET.com, The Iowa Review, Photography Served, The Lutheran Magazine, and many more.

When Aaron is not at work working on photos you can most likely find him eating Chinese food, riding his bicycle, or watching way too much Netflix.

Julie Strom

Julie Strom '93

Julie's photography experience began more than 35 years ago. Her mother, a former art teacher, thought she should experiment with different art mediums— Julie fell in love with photography. Her photography work in the 4-H program and later in high school as a yearbook photographer improved her skills. Julie's father helped her build a darkroom in the basement of their house when she was 16 and in college she learned more about the history of photography and other photographers. These experiences also improved her skills and challenged her thinking.

She started sharing her knowledge about photography while still in high school—teaching 4-H workshops and some adult education classes. After graduating from college, Julie went on to teach a black-and-white film class at Luther for many years as well as several community education classes. For a time she also had her own photography business in addition to continuing her own work—including a self-published book of photographs of Decorah.

Julie works full-time at Luther College, runs her family’s hobby farm with her husband, and is raising two teenagers. She looks forward to returning to photography and further exploring the cyanotype process when she is an empty-nester.

To view the schedule of events, please click here.

Cancellation Policy: Refund for Photography School. Prior to July  5 you will be charged a $50 administrative fee.  On July 5 you will be charged the $50 administrative fee plus 50% of the balance.

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