Beyond the Basics Workshops

Sign up during the day to have your work critiqued Thursday or Friday evening by members of the faculty and leaders in the industry. If presenting a digital portfolio for review, please bring a fully charged laptop or other device. Sign-ups will be near the registration desk.

Carlo Allegri shoots portraits and he shoots them fast. Normally in under two minutes and these portraits are well lit, well posed and do not look like they took place with such alacrity.

In this workshop Allegri will pull back the curtain and reveal the secrets to making "Guerrilla Portraits" fun, fast and awesome.

Meeting the never-ending demands of a daily publication while cultivating your voice and fulfilling your soul is a tricky balancing act. It is even harder now as the media landscape is constantly changing, as emerging and experienced photographers are redefining their roles and refining their skills for the future.

Marcus Yam will discuss the challenges faced by the evolving and modern newspaper photographer: How to balance the pursuit of a passion, learning to buck the trend and staying motivated throughout your career, while providing your publication's audience with valuable content that connects your eye to your heart.

Do you want to understand what it takes to write and submit a successful grant application? In a career spanning over 20-years, documentary photographer Louie Palu has been the recipient of 10 grants and fellowships to fund his projects. These include the prestigious Alexia Foundation, Aftermath and Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Grants including a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellowship. In this workshop Louie will breakdown the grant application process and some of his successful strategies when applying for grants. Louie will detail revenue models and story strategies to help you with your long term projects funding needs.

Louie Palu has become well known for his work in some of the most hostile environments in the world. Drawing on his 23-years of experience as a photojournalist Louie will share his in-depth knowledge of covering conflict, foreign work and working in dangerous situations. From insights into covering frontline combat in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2006-2010 to covering the Mexican drug war from 2011-2013 Louie will lay out the harsh realities of this line of work. Louie will also detail logistics in the field, working with his fixers and navigating through all the aspects of fieldwork in developing countries to get yourself and your pictures out safely.

Chris Post will join Palu to demonstrate basic energency medical care.  Good things can turn bad very quickly; knowing what to do in a medical emergency can mean the difference between life or death.  Learn about the need for specialized first aid training that you should consider before working in any dangerous environment or a field deployment. You may be called upon to provide critical emergency medical care to yourself or a coworker. Learn the skills to save a life so everyone goes home.

 

Andrew Burton, staff photojournalist with Getty Images, Meghan Dhaliwal, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting multimedia projects coordinator and James Lawler Duggan a DC-based freelancer  will share their experiences in the industry since graduating college.  All three have taken different paths to get where they are are today. Topics will include: the importance of creating relationships with editors and mentors, diversifying your career, networking, self promotion campaigns, and applying for jobs and freelance positions. 

Moderator- Jamie Rose/ Momenta Creative

Commitment, empathy, perseverance, compassion, curiosity and a compulsion for story-telling — these are just some of the qualities a photographer has to have to produce a compelling and impactful long-form photo essay. This workshop is aimed at photographers who already have long-form projects in motion and are looking for ways to take their story to the next level. Barbara Davidson will lead group-driven editing sessions and critiques to get into the nuts and bolts of how to craft and articulate your story through core concepts such as understanding and using your story’s inherent narrative structure, how to develop and shape a story arc and how to identify where to go with your story from here. Barbara will share some of the challenges of her own award-winning projects and will discuss crucial issues concerning the ethics, responsibility and emotional costs and rewards of purposeful, political and socially responsible long-form photojournalism.

Portfolio submission/admission requirement:  10-15 photographs from a long-form photo essay you are currently working on or have plans to continue working on including a brief summary of the project.  Davidson will select no more than 8 participants to participate in this hands-on workshop. Deadline for submissions to be considered is February 28, 2014.   You must be registered for the NSC to attend this workshop. Submissions sould be sent via Dropbox or Copy to northernshortcourse@gmail.com

Commitment, empathy, perseverance, compassion, curiosity and a compulsion for story-telling — these are just some of the qualities a photographer has to have to produce a compelling and impactful long-form photo essay. This workshop is aimed at beginning photographers who want to learn about the art of the long-form photo essay. Barbara Davidson will show examples of long-form photo essays to discuss core concepts of documentary photography such as story arc and narrative as well as research and how to choose and approach a subject. Barbara will share some of the challenges of her own award-winning projects and will discuss crucial issues concerning the ethics, responsibility and emotional costs and rewards of purposeful, political and socially responsible long-form photojournalism.

There is no portfolio admission requirement but the class size is limited to 12 attendees.  Students must bring to class a portfolio of 10-12 photographs.  Photo essays are encouraged if you have one, but not required. You must also prepare one or two story ideas for discussion.  To reserve a space in this workshop email northernshortcourse@gmail.com. To reserve a space you must be registered for the NSC.

A veteran NSC attendee and presenter, Jamie Rose will give you the inside tips on making yourself memorable and creating valuable contacts at conference, interviews and networking events. At her job with Momenta, Jamie sees hundreds of portfolios, business cards and presentations a year from freelancers and pros alike. In this no-hold-barred presentation, she will give you the straight talk you need to take your game to the next level. Jamie will share the best practices tips for presenting your portfolio, asking (not just answering) the right questions during an interview, and how to make lasting connections. Don't miss this great opening night event!

Join Kyle Keener for a tour of his creative process with a focus on the philosophy and techniques for shooting outstanding portraits. When traditional documentary photography is not an option, usually due to time constraints, portraits are continuing to emerge as a fairly quick way to illustrate stories. Since we have to shoot them why not make them great.  Kyle will teach you how to be confident and comfortable controlling situations, an issue that most photojournalists have little background or training in.

 

Instagram has become an extension of what Josh Lott and Eric Thayer have been doing for years now. It started in Iowa in 2007 during the Presidential campaign, and from there we covered fires, floods, shootings, protests, politics and a wide variety of other events in just about every corner of the country. Often we would both be shooting in the same place, and through it all a damn good friendship endured. Instagram became another way for us to see, and when an editor we both work with, Pierce Wright at Getty, suggested an Instagram competition, we decided to give it a go and it worked out pretty well, culminating in a New York Times Lens blog post about the shootout. There are those that despise Instagram and say it is ruining photography. But for us it is both a way to document in a different way more than it's a marketing tool, though that is a nice bonus. It is also another way we can try to one up each other in the best possible way. Josh and Eric will talk also about how they incorporate Instagram into their daily lives and workflow.