HermionaU Instructor Spotlight: Introduction to Stereo Photography with Alexander Melkumov

A photo is not necessarily two-dimensional and flat. The human brain has trained the eyes to perceive depth in images, even when they are presented as flat settings like photographs. HermionaU instructor Alexander Melkumov's course "Introduction to Stereo Photography" will take its students on a ride that delves deeper into understanding perception and teaches them how to take advantage of angles, colors, and lines in the creation of a photographic composition. Students will learn basic photography techniques and rules along the way. By the end of this course, students will know how to utilize fundamental photography skills, the basics of photograph composition, the basics of color, and image pair production.


Alexander S. Melkumov is a professional cinematographer with over forty years of experience in the industry. He is a member of the IC Cinematographers’ Guild of the Russian Federation and member of the Union of Russian Filmmakers. He was a prizewinner at the Lumiere Brothers’ 2015 “Lumiere Awards,” established by the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, CA, and received the X Artkino Film Festival Prize for “Contribution to the Development of Film Technology” in 2018. Alexander is also the author of “Stereoscopic Cinema, Theory, and the Practice of Stereo Filming,” a textbook for film students, and is a lecturer at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography.


Melkumov's course on cinematography is aimed for students 14 years old and above. Class will meet twice a week for 2 hours each day, with options for 4 or 8 weeks. Each class holds 10-12 students, and sessions will be held June 15th - July 12th and July 6th - August 2nd. Options for Tuesday/Friday mornings or Monday/Thursday afternoons are both available.


For students who wish to capture the world and its true depth through photography, Alexander Melkumov's class is the perfect introduction to doing so in a relaxing and fun way. Who better to learn from than an award-winning cinematographer who has helped countless other students find their own success?