© Deanne Fitzmaurice / Kurt Rogers 2019


DEANNE FITZMAURICE & KURT ROGERS: Video Storytelling with DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras

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)

Video Storytelling

Deanne Fitzmaurice & Kurt Rogers

There’s a wide and fast-growing audience for emotionally rich cinematic stories, and thanks to the powerful tools offered by the digital revolution, photographers are embracing new modes of visual storytelling.

This workshop, led by the world-renowned multiple-award-winning photographers Deanne Fitzmaurice & Kurt Rogers, is designed for still photographers seeking to learn cinematic storytelling using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. We will discuss the theory of documentary style motion video as well as the practical elements including techniques, tools and gear for pre-production, audio, interviews and B-roll. 

Then as a group the class will create an engaging short narrative video based around a key local individual personality. Connecting with our human subjects is also crucial, and we discuss how to build rapport, gaining the trust necessary to capture authentic documentary cinematic stories.

Attendees will be introduced to Adobe Premiere Pro and the basics from how to import and organize files through the thought process of cutting the final project into a short film.

The idea will be to give confidence to all attendees to be able to apply these skills when they create their own stories in a way that empowers each individual to be able to produce their own content that is engaging and dynamic.
Recommended to Bring: 
DSLR or mirrorless camera & lenses
Memory cards
Batteries & Chargers
Hard drive space
Card readers
Optional equipment:
Fluid Tripod Head
Loupe (such as Hoodman or Zacuto) 
Shoulder Rig

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.

PRICE:  $1430

Includes class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.



Deanne Fitzmaurice

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.

Kurt Rogers

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.