ART AND STORYTELLING IN WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY
Course Dates for 2014
TBA in December 2013
Relax, study, practice and hone your photographic skills in the idyllic setting of the Southwestern Research Station. Located in the middle of a breathtaking canyon in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, the Station provides the perfect location to spend eight days learning the processes of telling a story through your wildlife photographs. Taking you beyond simple grab shooting and hoping for the best, this course will encourage you to explore storytelling ideas so you can write captions and short stories to go along with your images. You will also delve into the design process for creating brochures, flyers, etc. for printing or publication.
This course is designed for those who have a firm understanding of how their cameras work and who have some experience, even if brief, in editing their photos in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The seven days will include outings into locations surrounding the Research Station (mountains, riparian areas, desert and the Chiricahua National Monument) to examine techniques of lighting, set creation, and capturing and helping to create “the moment.” In the late afternoons or evenings, we will convene for lectures and discussions regarding the day’s work, as well as for reviews of the photographs you captured. We will also use this time to explore what can be done with your images to prepare them for future use.
In order for each student to receive maximum attention, your instructors, Ray and Joy Mendez, are limiting this workshop to nine students. Those interested in participating should complete an application (link below) that outlines their name, contact information, level of photographic experience, gear, laptop computer, current software used to edit photos and a brief statement of your goals for this course.
Ray and Joy Mendez