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SDN education

Welcome to SDN Education, an initiative of SDN offering educational opportunities for photographers interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of documentary photography. 

SDN Education

Spring 2021 classes
Classes begin second week of February 2021. Conducted via Zoom video conferencing. 
Scholarships available.

 

Intimacy & Trauma
A Visual Storytelling Workshop

Instructor: Ed Kashi
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 18, 2021
Course fee: $600 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

Photo by Ed KashiHow do we prepare, as documentarians, to experience and absorb the trauma of others as an invariable part of doing this work? This workshop will be a mixture of the practical and the therapeutic by reckoning with the reality of our humanity being challenged by engaging in our work, the juggling of handling our own trauma and the trauma of others.
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Documentary Practice & Personal Project Development

Instructors: Brian Frank and Sarah Blesener
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Wednesdays beginning February 10, 2021
Course fee: $680 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

Photo by Sarah BlesenerThis online course will explore many of the intricacies involved with creating visual documentary narratives and navigating the professional photojournalism landscape. The course will delve not only into personal project development but also documentary assignment work, daily news assignment work, photographic equipment, pitching stories, building and maintaining professional relationships, ethics, representation, and avoiding visual stereotypes.
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DSLR Filmmaking Boot Camp

Instructors: Michael O. Snyder and Sarah Fretwell
Tuesday and Thursday: 6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Twelve classes taught over six consecutive weeks
Tuesday class taught by Michael Snyder. Thursday class taught by Sarah Fretwell
Class begins Tuesday, February 9, 2021 
Course fee: $950 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
Two scholarship positions available

Michael SnyderDesigned for photographers who would like to make the leap from still to moving images, SDN’s DSLR Filmmaking Bootcamp is an intensive course that will teach you the essentials of documentary film production from start to finish. The course is team-taught by Michael O. Snyder and Sarah Fretwell, seasoned photographers, filmmakers, and colleagues at The Blue Earth Alliance. 
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Personal History and Documentary

Instructor: Marissa Roth
2:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern / 7:00-9:30 pm UK
Eight Saturdays beginning February 13, 2021
Course fee: $600 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

Photo by Marissa RothUndertaking a documentary project that reflects one’s personal history, activism, and interests can be a daunting proposition, as there are so many variables and questions involved in the execution including; developing a mission statement, funding, where to begin, how long will it take, how to finish it, and where will it be seen? Students who will take this course are encouraged to have ideas regarding a documentary project founded on personal experiences or family history that they would like to begin, or already have one that is on-going that they would like to delve deeper into.
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Telling Stories that Matter
Documentary photography as a tool for environmental and social change

Instructor: Michael O. Snyder
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight Thursdays beginning February 11, 2021
Course fee: $600 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

Photo by Michael SnyderDesigned for photographers who already have working knowledge of the fundamentals of photography and would like to gain a foothold in the field of documentary photography. Students will learn from Michael O. Snyder, who has worked on environmental and social justice projects in the Amazon, the Arctic, the Himalaya, East Africa, Scotland, Siberia, and his home in Appalachia.
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Lightroom Workflow
From setting up a Library to advanced techniques
Instructor: Kathy Tarantola
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Six consecutive Mondays
Class begins Monday, February 15, 2021
Course fee: $425 / $150 required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

LightroomIn this six-week session, you will become familiar with Adobe Lightroom’s powerful tools for organizing, editing, and optimizing your images. This workshop will provide you with a strong foundation to enhance your workflow, as well as edit your images to perfection. Working in the Library and Develop Modules, we will examine the features that will best help you work quickly and efficiently. We will explore the Book, Print, and Web Modules so you can present your work professionally.
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Graphic Design and InDesign for Photographers

Instructor: Glenn Ruga
6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Eight consecutive Mondays starting February 15
Course fee: $600 / $150 deposit required to confirm registration
One scholarship position available

This class will start with a two week foundation of InDesign so that students will have the tools necessary to focus on the next three weeks, which will be creative graphic design including typography, two dimensional design principals, and grid structures. The last three weeks will focus on advanced features of InDesign to prepare students for designing and producing a printed photography publication.
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