Do you want your photography to educate people about science and the environment? This online workshop will encourage and guide students in creating their own, local, environmental photo story. 

Aug 27, 2024 - Oct 1, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $750
Workshop Duration: 18 hours over 6 sessions (Tuesdays, 10am-1pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 6 Tuesdays, Aug 27, Sep 3, 10, 17, 24 & Oct 1 from 10am-1pm ET.

Guided by Lauren Owens Lambert, this online photography class will focus on documenting the work of biologists, climate change, natural resource management, and endangered species. During this course, students will learn what is needed to create a full photo-essay on their chosen, local, topic. Topics will vary but might be based on the following: the effects of climate change in your area, climate change adaptations through nature-based solutions or technology, an endangered species, natural resource management, or habitat restoration.

Image of turtle eggs in a cooler by Lauren Owens Lambert

Photo by Lauren Owens Lambert

Image of baby turtles being released on a beach by Lauren Owens Lambert

The first class meeting will focus on how to find and start a local project. Students will need to be proactive in their research into their local community, and they should also be self-motivated and ready to get out to make photographs. Students are expected to bring images back to the following class meetings throughout the workshop to learn how to build their story with the advice, opinions, and perceptions of Lauren and the group. 

Lauren will guide students through setting up contacts, creating a shot list, and a production schedule. This can additionally serve as a collaborative effort for the class. The class will discuss story arcs, narrative visual storytelling, and how the images function together as a body of work. The main goal at the end of this class is to have a set of 5 images from each student that effectively “tells the story” of their choosing.

Wetlands by Lauren Owens Lambert

Image of a person holding a shrimp by Lauren Owens Lambert

Photo of a eggs in a nest by Lauren Owens Lambert

Lauren will discuss how to be a responsible wildlife photographer, journalism ethics, image diversity in visual storytelling, how to work with scientists and organizations to accomplish goals, and how to get work published and seen by a larger community. Students will be encouraged to have fun, be curious, and think creatively. 

Course Requirements

Students must be comfortable with their camera functions in the manual (and additional chosen) modes.

All images copyright Lauren Owens Lambert

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Instructor: Lauren Owens Lambert

Lauren Owens Lambert’s work has a creative focus on documenting the human aspect of conservation, climate change, and our relationship with the natural world during the age of the Anthropocene. In her work, she places people as part of natural cycles, a perspective that is sometimes lost in contemporary society. Her work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon Magazine, BioGraphic, Smithsonian Magazine, and National Wildlife Magazine. She freelances with news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and Reuters. She is an Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers and a contributing photographer with Everyday Projects. Lauren has shown in exhibitions at the World Press Photo in Germany, and PhotoVille in New York City and has presented work at the United Nations on the importance of visual storytelling with Ocean science and data communication.