Visual storytelling is an essential skill set for every photographer to develop. Through the fine art of deliberate image selection and editing, we are able to transform a random collection of photographs into a compelling and dynamic visual narrative.
This instructive and inspirational three-week online workshop led by Sarah Leen, previously the award-winning director of photography for National Geographic magazine and current Founder of the Visual Thinking Collective and Bill Marr, former creative director at National Geographic and former director of photography at The Nature Conservancy, introduce participants to a skill set essential for every photographer: the art of editing their images. Sarah and Bill share the expertise that puts you on a path to achieving your project’s goals. By examining the elements of effective storytelling, we gain a clear, step-by-step approach to refining our narrative skills, organizing our images, and editing our photographs into an exhibit, book, or publishable story.
In a fun, collaborative, and inspirational environment, we learn and grow, through group and individual sessions, and from Sarah’s and Bill’s presentations, engage in editing exercises, and learn from each other’s solutions and successes. We are not concerned with creating new images, only with taking our existing storytelling projects to the next level. As we master the practical editing skills that further our photographic journeys, we put to rest the old adage that photographers are their own worst editors.
Working knowledge of your laptop computer
Please see the Portfolio Section of Registration Information for guidelines on your submission of 20 images from the project that will be presented in the workshop within one month of registering for the class. A short statement about the project is also required.
Class will meet 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting October 24 and ending November 4 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Sarah Leen is the former Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine, where she worked as a freelance photographer for more than 20 years before joining the publication’s staff in 2004. The winner of numerous awards for her photography and photo editing, Sarah has juried many contests, including Pictures of the Year International, Lens Culture, the W. Eugene Smith Grants, the Getty Images Editorial Grants, and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass. Sarah has taught photography and editing at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Maine Photographic Workshops, and the Palm Beach Centre for Photography.
Bill Marr’s 40-year photography career reflects a dedication to visual content and its presentation in newspapers, books, exhibits, and magazines. His path has taken him from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked in the 1980s, to National Geographic magazine, where as creative director he led the magazine’s push into digital space with an award-winning iPad app. Most recently, Bill served as director of photography for The Nature Conservancy, and as a freelancer, he has created annual reports, corporate collateral, books, and photo exhibits. A member of the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame, he teams up to teach workshops with his wife and partner, Sarah Leen.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.