Seminar : Storytelling Photography

Photograph by Ami Vitale Photograph by Ami Vitale

Learn how to take your skills to the next level and create memorable, powerful, and visual narratives. Photographers Melissa Farlow and Ami Vitale will show you how to build a photo essay that reflects people, places, and moments in an authentic, meaningful way while showcasing your own unique style.

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Topics Covered

  • How to Build a Story

    Learn how to find a compelling story angle and communicate it through images that capture people or wildlife in action, relationships, special activities, and dramatic landscapes. Hear how to use the nuances of perspective, changes in light, and evolving weather conditions to enrich your narrative.

  • Storytelling Examples

    See examples of powerful photos created on assignment for National Geographic. Hear the special techniques pros use to convey their stories and how you can reflect your own individual creative style.

  • The Elements of Storytelling

    Learn how to convey emotion and influence mood through your photographs. Then gain new insight on how to place those images together in a series that will tell the most interesting story.

  • Photographing People

    Taking pictures of people, especially close-up shots, can be intimidating. Learn how to capture their character and special moments in their lives to enhance your story.

  • Sharing Your Pictures the Digital Way

    Photo stories are made to be shared! Learn more about photo-sharing sites (and how to create your own), printing your photographs for display, creating your own cards and calendars, producing self-published books, finding local galleries and venues, and producing iMovies on DVD.

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Spring Schedules 2015

  • Full-Day Series

    Full-Day Series

    - All-Day Seminars -

    Register now for one of our all-day seminars welcoming all levels of photographers, from beginners to professionals. Each covers a wide range of creative and technical subjects to improve your picture-taking skills.

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  • Half Day Series

    Half-Day Series

    - Half-Day Seminars -

    Learn basic to advanced shooting techniques and sharpen your skills in a shorter period of time with our half-day seminars.

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  • Scottsdale Weekend


    - Weekend Photo Workshop -

    Join National Geographic photographers Annie Griffiths and Dan Westergren for a hands-on photography workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona. Deluxe accommodations at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. April 17-20, 2015.

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