On Assignment



Classes begin Tuesday, April 19
Sunday, April 24


$495** 8-Week Online Photography Course


With Bryan Peterson
I am very excited to announce the return of the most diverse, inspirational and fun photography course I have ever had the pleasure of developing and teaching! Having trouble keeping motivated? Looking for inspiration? Do you need an excuse to pick up your camera? Still not achieving your Photoshop goals? Looking for some input on your photography skills? Are you ready to really expand your vision and push your creativity to the next level? Want to win a Free 2-Day Weekend Workshop with Bryan Peterson (valued at $795)? We have the answer…Go “ON ASSIGNMENT” with Bryan Peterson!!


Here’s what recent student, Anna B, has to say about “ON ASSIGNMENT”:


“ON ASSIGNMENT” is an intensive and very rewarding course! It pushed me to always carry my camera around and look for ways to realize assignments while pushing my boundaries every week. I appreciate very much the fact that Bryan is extremely friendly and creates a safe and creative space for photographers of all levels. His critique is always constructive and straight to the point. He freely shares his knowledge and expertise on how photographs could be improved! The course also pushes one to explore different types of photography. I also learned a lot by looking at the work of others. If you are looking for how to develop your creativity, have the motivation to take your camera around with you, look no further! I am looking forward to the next “ON ASSIGNMENT” course!

These photos are just some of the brilliant work by former ON ASSIGNMENT students!!

It is time to launch the fourth round of our extremely popular 8-Week ON ASSIGNMENT online photography course with ALL NEW assignments designed to address the one area that ALL of us need help with:  expanding our creativity with our camera AND at times, even with Photoshop!

Each week’s assignments are designed to make you think, to challenge your vision, challenge what you think you know and call your attention to what you do not know.  Most importantly, you will learn and grow as a photographer, both technically and creatively.  See below for some examples of previous weekly assignments.

We will get started with a Zoom Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 19 at 2:00 PM EDT and again on Sunday, April 24 at 3:00 PM EDT.  During these sessions, students will introduce themselves and ask any questions about photography in general or this ON ASSIGNMENT course specifically.

For the next 8 weeks, students will work on two assignments each week and submit their top ten images for that week’s assignments.  That’s right – each student can submit up to 10 images each week for critique!  Of the 16 different assignments (2 per week for 8 weeks), one will involve the use of your flash and at least 3 of the assignments will be Photoshop-related.  Lessons, demonstrations, and videos on the use of flash and the necessary Photoshop skills will be provided in advance of these special assignments.  And no worries – the assignments will NOT be complex multi-layering, composited Photoshop assignments!

Students will submit their top ten images for that week’s assignments.  Twice each week, Tuesdays at 2:00 PM EDT and Sundays at 3:00 PM EDT, we will have a 1-hour+ Zoom Photo Critique Session, during which we will review and critique each student’s submissions for that week’s assignments.  Critiques will address how well the student’s photographs met the requirements of the assignments, whether the creatively correct exposure was executed, and both in camera and post-processing techniques.  We will also make the time to discuss the creative process, student frustrations, as well as challenges and triumphs while completing the assignments. Bryan will also offer suggestions for how to overcome these challenges and continue to expand your photography and creative skills.

Students can select each week to have their work critiqued in either the Tuesday or the Sunday Zoom Photo Critique Session, depending on their availability that week.  Although each student’s work will only be critiqued in one of the sessions each week, students are free to attend both sessions and benefit from the critiques of all student photos.  Additionally, each Zoom Photo Critique Session will be taped and made available online in the event that your schedule does not support attendance at either the Tuesday or Sunday session, or if you would just like to re-watch and take in additional details about the critiques of your work and other student work.

Bryan will select the winner of the Grand Prize Free 2-Day Weekend Workshop (or a $795 credit to apply to ANY workshop) at the conclusion of the 8-week class, based on how well the student’s photographs meet the requirements of the assignments as well as both technical and original execution of the creatively correct exposure throughout the course.

We are very excited to start the fourth round of this popular class and see your images as you go out every week for 8 weeks, ON ASSIGNMENT.

Below are some STUDENT samples from past course assignments, but of course you can expect ALL NEW assignments when we begin ON ASSIGNMENT:
“Illusions” – using a 12 in x 12 in (or 30 cm x 30 cm) square mirror or a mirrored tile (which you can pick up at your local hardware store), strategically place the mirror to create illusions and photograph those illusions.  For example, place the mirror inconspicuously in grass, and photograph the reflection of the sky in the grass so that it seems like there is a square of sky (or a “hole” of sky) in the grass.  Take the mirror to the beach and put the mirror in the sand and cover it partially in sand except for a small area and photograph reflections of the waves, the sky or passersby in the mirror.  Use the mirror to photograph portraits with the reflection of some part of one person appearing to be connected to another person.  The key here is to hide the mirror and provide a creative optical illusion.  Use a moderate to super wide-angle lens.  Everything in focus, f/16 or f/22.
“Street photography” – try to focus on shooting a subject that is the same color or a color complement to the background of your street photography images.  If you watch the video of the Tuesday, October 12 Zoom Photo Critique, Bryan provides some examples.
“Three spoons “- what can you do with 3 spoons?  Let your imagination run wild.  Any subject, any light, any location, just as long as you have 3 spoons in your composition.
“Leading Lines” – shoot with a wide-angle lens at a minimum of 28mm (18mm on DX bodies) but if you have it, strive for 24mm or even wider.  Subject matter of the leading lines is wide open, but you must ‘lead’ the viewer to the subject.  In other words, do not shoot a composition of lines that do nothing but take the viewer out of the photo, but rather compose and shoot lines that bring the viewer’s eyes to the subject.