An opportunity to move beyond the still image.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Dealing with still, video, and audio equipment in the field can be a cumbersome prospect—there are so many pieces of equipment to learn to navigate—but with the introduction of the Canon DSLR cameras, multimedia documentarians now have a tool that collapses multiple mediums into one. Students in this workshop work directly with photographers who have first-hand experience with DSLR video. Students learn the benefits and drawbacks of the camera through hands-on demonstrations, lectures and daily critiques. Additionally, instructors work directly with students to help them use the camera as a means to better tell documentary stories.

The goal of this course is for students to leave the week with several short pieces, and the base knowledge of how to approach real-world filming scenarios. Instructors also cover production workflow, file conversion and external audio source syncing issues.

Gain the skills to put a great camera to affect!

Students should have an understanding of digital photography and Premiere editing workflow.

Winter/Spring Session Info: Lodging and meal package available for $525. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure.

Image Credits: Amanda Piela (Header), Walker Bankson

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Instructor: Terri Lea Smith

Terri Lea Smith is a freelance photographer and videographer from the Phoenix area. She has produced documentary and commercial work for companies such as International Rescue Committee, USA Today,, Arizona State University, PHOENIX magazine and Global Family Philanthropy. In 2012 she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Digital Media from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Originally born and raised in Alabama, she has a love of documentary work inspired by the people and landscape of the Southeastern U.S. that call attention to the color and richness of life.