Join two Nikon Ambassadors and leading female wildlife photographers on how to take your local nature storytelling to a new level. You are the best storytellers for your own local parks and lands, in this course you will learn how to find wildlife, create images with impact, formulate a narrative and finally create change with your work. This workshop can all be done in your own local parks, forests, lakes, creeks, and rivers—or your own backyard.
Michelle and Kristi are both advocates for the protection and awareness of local biodiversity. Kristi's latest local story was her first to be picked up and published online for National Geographic teaching her that you don't have to go far for natural history stories. Michelle is a renowned and award-winning Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residnce whose iconic images have appeared in books, magazines, postage stamps and even at a solo exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Local storytelling has helped them establish themselves, making them the perfect instructors to guide you through how to find and create local stories of impact.
Spring is an extraordinary time to document new beginnings, and over six weeks you develop a narrative theme centered on a particular subject in a place of your choice. Whether you focus on migrating birds, a nearby waterway, a favorite tree, or the sky, you deepen your connection to your subject by looking beyond the photograph to the experience, the environment, and the inspiration.
By offering technical advice and expert guidance, Michelle and Kristi help participants combine our unique visions with creative expression, urging us to focus on the art of observation and the discovery that comes when we transcend what we see on the surface.
You come away with a deeply personal visual story that could be published in a local newspaper, pitched to a magazine, or possibly even entered into a competition. As you push your artistic boundaries, you discover that your next great photograph is waiting just outside your comfort zone, yet paradoxically close to home.
Here is a video that Michelle and Kristi have put together:
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
All camera formats are welcome. Participants must be able to download,
select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Class will meet 12:30-3:00 pm
(Mountain Time) on Wednesdays starting May 12 and ending
June 16 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12
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.
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.
Please Note: During the online registration process you will be asked about housing and meals. Answer no to both questions.
About the instructors
Michelle Valberg is a wildlife/nature photographer and Nikon Ambassador whose 30-plus-year career has taken her to all continents. Her award-winning images can be found on magazine covers and in publications, exhibitions, and embassies worldwide; they also appear on a Royal Canadian Mint coin and on Canada Post stamps. The founder of Project North, Michelle is a public speaker, author, community leader, and advocate for animals and conservation. In addition to being Canadian Geographic’s first Photographer-in-Residence, she is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and an International Fellow of the Explorer's Club in New York City. She has published four books.
Kristi Odom is an internationally acclaimed photographer, Nikon Ambassador, filmmaker, andinspirational speaker, whose work focuses on the relationships between people and animals. She travels the world capturing images and teaching photographers how to improve their work through advanced camera skills and developing an emotional connection with their subjects. Kristi has won more than 60 international photography awards, among them two Nature’s Best awards, for which her images were exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. She has created work for clients including Nikon, Microsoft, National Geographic, Forbes, Rolling Stone, and Outside Magazine.