Learn to capture compelling images of world cultures from United Nations' photographer John Isaac.

John IsaacUnited Nations' photographer John Isaac shares his techniques for capturing compelling images of world cultures through the use of digital technology. From researching places and gaining access to story ideas and digital workflow, this workshop provides direction to photographers looking to improve their personal travel or assignment photography.

Daily lectures and discussions include working in the field, conveying the culture of a place through still imagery, utilizing a portable digital darkroom, and learning when strobe use in the field is advantageous. Students photograph various editorial assignments such as picture stories, portraits, single news photos, editorial illustration, and work with caption writing throughout the week.  Students gain confidence in their ability to not only tell stories, but capture the essence of their subjects.

Participants should be comfortable using their digital SLR in AV, TV or Manual modes. Participants should bring a digital SLR camera and are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own laptop. Digital cameras are available for students if they do not have their own digital SLR. Students should bring a portfolio of no more than ten images for review.

Students must submit a portfolio for review before acceptance, and should bring it on the first day of class.







John Isaac

© John IsaacA U.N. photographer for two decades, Isaac has traveled to more than 100 countries and photographed some of history’s most remarkable moments, people and places.

Throughout his career, John has received numerous national and international awards, including Best Outdoor Photograph of the Year from Graphis magazine in 1991, the 1993 Professional Photographer of the Year by the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 from the International Photographic Council. In 1991 the legendary Audrey Hepburn chose for American Photo magazine one of John's photographs of herself with an Ethiopian child as one of her all time favorites. John has authored many books, including a series of four books called "Children in Crisis." Through this series, John gives a first-hand account of the daily lives of children and their families in troubled regions around the world. He co-authored "Endangered Peoples" for the Sierra Club and "Coorg, Land of the Kodavas" with his wife Jeannette.

John, an Olympus Visionary, first used Olympus digital cameras in 2000 when he traveled back to his native India to photograph tigers. Since then he has photographed digitally in such places as Iceland for Adobe, Maine and the American Southwest and has participated in the Day in the Life of Africa project; seven of his images were included in the book, which was published in the U.S. in October 2002.

© John Isaac

Course Dates

Jul 5 to Jul 11



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