DEANNE FITZMAURICE & KURT ROGERS: Video Storytelling with DSLRs
Orientation Sunday, May 5th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday, May 9th, 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)
During this workshop we will discuss & create visual narratives from telling a story in one image to creating one in multiple images or a photo essay collection of images on one theme. We will discuss how to find stories, how to access them, how to edit them and how to get them published or in front of an audience. This is the basis for creating important personal projects and building series of work over a long period of time.
You can stay with Deanne and work on street photography and finding stories or under Deanne’s guidance you can venture out to create you own story which will be critiqued, built and edited in the classroom.
Over three days, you can create a cultural or human-interest narrative that is engaging, provocative, and represents a unique point of view. She’ll work with each member of the class to help refine the approach and ultimate photo essay.
Connecting with your subjects is crucial. We will learn how to approach people and put them at ease, gaining the trust necessary to capture authentic moments. We discuss techniques and tools (video and audio an option for those with proficiency) as well as the importance of evolving as a photographer. Whether it’s a personal project, an assignment for a magazine, corporation, or non-profit, you discover how these projects can create opportunities for you.
In group and individual critiques, we review our progress, all the while keeping an eye on our ultimate goal: creating honest, compelling images that convey our story in the most effective way possible.
Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class. All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 9th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers.
Includes class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.
As a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker, this San Francisco-based photographer is most known for her unique ability to go behind the scenes to discover and convey personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Fitzmaurice, a Nikon Ambassador, represents a wide variety of publications, including creating content for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and many other respected outlets. In addition to her editorial work, she often collaborates with non-profits and foundations and also holds an impressive portfolio of commercial photography with a myriad of major brands and is a highly decorated storyteller. Deanne has won awards from American Photography, Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, PDN Photo Annual, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, UNICEF and the Casey Medal. She began her career as a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle and is now represented by National Geographic Creative.
As a longtime photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Kurt has seen the photography world change radically over the years. From the days of chartering airplanes to send his film back to the newspaper to editing film on the flight back from a 49ers game, Kurt’s ability to adopt new technology and “get the story” made him an ideal person to co-found Think Tank Photo. In fact, Kurt originally designed his own camera carrying solution in the back of his car, drawing the attention of other photographers who were struggling to travel with an immense array of camera gear.
Kurt also contributes his vast talents to video and multimedia productions on a vast array of platforms. When asked, “What’s next in photography?” Kurt will tell you that storytelling will never go away. Whether it’s a still image or a full-length feature film, it’s about the moment when all the elements all come together to create magic.