On Location

The Art of Visual Storytelling

with Deanne Fitzmaurice

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Course Description

Join Deanne Fitzmaurice in the lively colonial town of San Miguel de Allende and immerse yourselves into the art of visual storytelling.

Whether you plan to work on completing an existing project or start a new one, this workshop focuses on building your skills and defining a personal voice in order to create visually compelling stories. Deanne helps each participant develop a refined eye to create a photographic narrative. 

Each day we discuss the skills required that contribute to a memorable and impactful story. Our group sessions include discussions about framing and composition, camera equipment, lighting to help capture the telling moments and raw emotion, and in-depth image reviews that dive into the fun and creative challenge of editing, sequencing, pacing, and curating your project into a structured, cohesive storyline. 

Showing examples from work including her own Pulitzer Prize-winning story, Deanne discusses how to find a story, or what to do when a story finds you. We discuss different approaches to documentary storytelling, how to gain access to the story you want to tell, how to find an authentic project that is personally meaningful, and how curiosity, intuition, and serendipity play a part in finding and photographing your story. Deanne reveals her thought process and problem-solving techniques in creating images that in themselves tell a story. We delve into the techniques to creating a single storytelling image, and how to build images together to create a narrative.

Whether you are new to visual storytelling or you want to take your long-term personal projects to the next level, you are welcome to be part of a supportive environment where we review individual stories to help each other build impactful narratives.

Additional Information

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Documentary, Street Photography
Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning visual storyteller with a focus on documentary photography and contemporary culture. This San Francisco-based photographer is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and is a member of the elite Nikon Ambassadors. Deanne has won awards from prestigious organizations including American Photography, Pictures of the Year, PDN Photo Annual, UNICEF, Best of Photojournalism and Communication Arts. Deanne is a regular lecturer and instructor at respected institutions including Stanford University Continuing Education where she has taught Visual Storytelling. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Deanne began her career as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a co-founder, with her husband, photographer Kurt Rogers, of Think Tank Photo.

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