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Houston Institute for Culture's photography and digital media program is part of the Digital Story Resource Center [DSRC WEBSITE]. (Sign up for news and information below.) The center promotes community uses of digital technologies to express ideas, explore issues, tell family stories and bridge cultural divides.

While the classes provided below are for adults, youth initiatives through this important center help children develop their ideas and communication skills.

Information about the center's current projects and workshops are provided through its website, digitalstory.org. The center promotes educational uses of digital media and Digital Storytelling, including classroom applications, personal communication and historic preservation.


Current Class Schedule

Introduction to Photography and Lighting
Sun April 11 and May 9, 2:00 - 4:30pm
Sun June 6 and 13, 2:00 - 4:30pm

$45; Class meets two consecutive weeks (*two weeks apart in some cases), covers use of camera and functions - modes, menus, light meter, exposure and light concepts - and introduction to amateur and professional lighting equipment and techniques.
[Instructor: Mark Lacy]


Field Trips
Sun May 16 (leaving 12pm; return by 8pm)
Galveston Island

Sat June 6 (leaving 3pm; return by 10pm)
Alabama Coushatta Powwow

Sat July 11 (leaving 3pm; return by 10pm)
Galveston Art Walk

No day trip is planned for August and September; there are full weeklong trips to New Mexico for the Intertribal Ceremonial and Feast of San Lorenzo, and to Arizona and Utah to explore the Canyonlands.

Fri - Sun Oct 9-11 (times to be determined)
San Antonio Missions and Mercado

Sun Nov 15 (leaving 11am; return by 5pm)
Texas Championship Powwow

Contact us at info@houstonculture.org for details. Transportation is available at participant's share of the cost. (It is important that we know how many would like to travel so we can make the proper arrangements.) Participants may also caravan in their own cars. Bring money for at least one meal at a local restaurant and other refreshments on the day trip.
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-View photos from our 2008 Smithsonian trip
-See our current travel programs


Intermediate Photographic Lighting
Spring 2010 dates will be posted soon.

$55; Class meets two consecutive Saturdays (*two weeks apart in some cases), covers intermediate photography applications, hands-on use of lighting equipment and advanced lighting concepts.
[Instructor: Mark Lacy]


Introduction to Digital Storytelling
Contact us for listings.

$45; Class meets on one Saturday, covers the elements of digital storytelling, production and software. Note: This intro class is preferable for people with access to computers with Windows XP operating systems.


Introduction to Digital Publishing and Printing
Contact us for listings.

$45; Class meets two consecutive Saturdays (*two weeks apart in some cases) or on two seperate weekdays, covers preparations and processes in digital publishing, production and software. Note: This intro class is preferable for people with access to computers with Windows XP operating systems.


Introduction to Audio Recording
Contact us for listings.

$65; Class meets two consecutive Saturdays (*two weeks apart in some cases) or on two seperate weekdays, covers uses of audio recording (from Internet to radio), basics of audio equipment and recording environments, connectivity to systems, and editing and production production software. Note: It is not necessary to own recording equipment to take this class.


Travel and Landscape Photo Workshops
Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountains
Sept 30 - Oct 10, 2010

Canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau
2010 TBA

Lake Powell photographic adventures are also offered; request information.

See our current travel programs


Other Classes Include

Audio Recording (as a Digital Story Component Workshop)
Digital Image Production
Video Field Production
Cultural and Social Documentary
Introduction to Genealogy
Scrapbooking

 
Photo by Mark Lacy

Registration and Information

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All proceeds benefit Houston Institute for Culture youth programs.


Address/Classroom Location

Houston Institute for Culture
DSRC Studio
Digital Story Resource Center
708-C Telephone Road
Houston, Texas 77023

DIRECTIONS

From I-45 South:
Take the Cullen/Lockwood exit; turn right on Lockwood; travel about 1/2 mile (past transit center and Austin High School); Tlaquepaque Market is on the right before Telephone Road. (Note: if you reach Telephone Road, turn right and turn right again about 300 feet and drive under the "Tlaquepaque Market" arch).

From I-45 North:
Take the Cullen exit; stay on the access road and pass Cullen; where the access road splits, veer right; at the light, turn left on Lockwood; travel about 1/2 mile (past transit center and Austin High School); Tlaquepaque Market is on the right before Telephone Road. (Note: if you reach Telephone Road, turn right and turn right again about 300 feet and drive under the "Tlaquepaque Market" arch).

We are located on the plaza with Bohemeo's and Kanomwan Thai Restaurant.


Email: info@houstonculture.org

Phone: 713-521-FOTO (713-521-3686)


About the Instructors

Mark Lacy has produced award-winning photojournalism and commercial photography, created images for network television (David Letterman, Wheel of Fortune, Trading Spaces) and the Kennedy Center (for The Kennedy Center Honors), and covered assignments for the Houston Chronicle and major magazines. He has photographed and exhibited numerous editorial and documentary subjects.

Lacy originated a documentary photography education program for Houston Institute for Culture, which was featured in the Wall Street Journal for its unique approach. The classes and workshops have been offered in many places around the country, including New York City and the Navajo Nation. Lacy has taught digital photography and digital storytelling for graduate students in the University of Houston - College of Education. Houston Institute for Culture is developing the Photography and Digital Storytelling Workshop program into a component of its Digital Story Resource Center initiative.

View his photos on line.
View an archived article.


Ben DeSoto worked as a photojournalist and photography editor for the Houston Chronicle for more that twenty-five years. He is currently developing a grant-funded educational multimedia series on homelessness, a subject he has documented for twenty years. He currently works with homeless populations and issues through his Understanding Poverty project.


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