April 6, 2021: Programs: Psychology of Photography with Nic Stover

Nic Stover created the Psychology of Photography as a way to help photographers think of ways to think beyond the basics of taking pictures and into the world of creating images. The Psychology of Photography explores 5 different areas that encompass the bigger part of the artistic and creative process.

First, we will look at Sensations and Perceptions which is how do we perceive the world and make order out of it, we will also look at Beliefs and Creativity, finding some of what we believe in and how do we create.  But no part of perceptions and beliefs are complete unless we look at Expression and Interpretation the parts of us that is about how do we interpret scenes and develop them (and ourselves) through processing. The final portion is about our Formulation and Evolution where we explore what kind of photographer, we are, want to be, and where we are going. With the final piece being Reflection and Refinement of how we can put ourselves and our processes into a state of constant renewal.

Through our time together with Nic we will look at how are we drawn to patterns, shapes, lines, and what do they mean to our subconscious. We will also explore some of the different schools of psychology and how the brain forms thoughts and how you can work with that, examine some of the models of creativity and how we can look to follow and understand where we are in the creative process and understand that there are definable stages of our growth that we experience as photographers.

About Nic Stover

Nic Stover was raised in the high mountains of Western Colorado on a single magazine subscription to National Geographic and only 5 television channels, where the only shows his family regularly watched were Nature (PBS) and the Tour De France. It was here that his love for adventure, the outdoors, and photography took shape.

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work.

Nic Stover Photography exists to help photographers understand the unique perspectives that assist in the discovery of their capabilities, while enabling a deeper connection with themselves and others through creative expression.  Through his classes, webinars, tutorials, and presentations Nic works with people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and desires focused around a dialog on how we can thrive in our own unique creative and artistic process.

His landscape photography work has taken him across the globe — from the backcountry of Greenland, to the windswept mountains of Patagonia, and the frigid extremes of Alaska.  His portfolio of work encompasses desert, ocean, night, and mountain photography.  Nic also enjoys showcasing the amazing the places that are unique to the Central Coast, from sea caves to sand dunes, and its dramatic coastal landscapes.

Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

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