New Media New World - Multimedia Documentary Workshop with Bob Sacha
Join Bob Sacha and Santa Fe Workshops to create and share compelling visual stories using video, audio, and stills. Learn how to elevate your work to deliver funny, emotionally compelling visual stories that people want to watch.
- Date: Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2018
- Destination: Santa Fe Workshops Campus, New Mexico, USA
- Genre: Storytelling, Multimedia, Documentary, Video
- Skill Levels: Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
- Includes: Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.
We’re living in the age of online sharing, and visual media is what everyone is sharing. If you have a camera and an internet connection, you can create compelling visual stories—short films, really—using video, audio, and stills.
Bob Sacha provides a primer for telling online stories, with a focus on sharing them via YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
Together you'll watch outstanding examples of the genre, deconstructing what makes each one successful.
Crafting Your Story
You then work toward creating your own factual, to-the-point films that explicitly take into account the time people now spend looking for news, features, and fun.
An engaging story can be told using the camera of your choice: smartphone, DSLR, or video camera.
In the interest of capturing clean, strong sound, you demo audio recorders and various microphones, from iPhone to wireless to shotgun.
You also learn how to add interviews, music, and text to your stories.
Audio-visual software like Adobe Premiere Pro and InqScribe allow us to delve even further into the art of storytelling.
By using these newfound techniques to build on the narrative skills you already possess, you are able to seriously elevate your work.
The result? Funny, emotionally compelling visual stories that people want to watch.
The Santa Fe Workshops Experience
by George Schaub
“It is fitting that the Santa Fe Workshops campus is located next to a Carmelite monastery in the foothills above Santa Fe, New Mexico. The renowned program’s many instructors range from top editorial and commercial shooters to fine-art photographers who are well established in the academic world, but whatever their field, they often come to serve as both technical and spiritual mentors to their students.
Photo workshops offer a very different learning environment than you’ve probably experienced in school. The workshops’ location can play as big a role in the experience as actual course content, often making it a combination of education and vacation. Access to teachers is usually more immediate than in school, and teachers bring real-world experience not always found on the college campus.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has established itself as an enclave of creativity, scoring high on both educational and recreational counts. Its location provides enough subject matter for almost any photographer’s desires, whether these run to landscape or human culture. New Mexico has long been a place of pilgrimage for photographers, famous for its very light. Workshoppers are often seen at such iconic locations as the adobe Ranchos de Taos Church or seeking the nearby spot where Ansel Adams made one of his most famous photographs, “Moonrise Over Hernandez.”
In my experience, Santa Fe’s workshops are often as much about inspiration and openness to new ideas as they are about learning photographic technique. This tenor is established at the first meeting for the weeklong sessions, held the night before classes begin, where director Reid Callanan asks students to give in to the spirit of the place—to disconnect from their workaday world and immerse themselves in the program’s creative environment. Students from the five to seven concurrent classes then meet with their instructors, and the challenges and intense activity begin. Lots of workshops take place mainly on location, and early each morning teachers and students head off in every direction with gear, models (if needed), and high hopes for getting great photographs. Monday evenings instructors give presentations to inspire and motivate participants. “The workshops are an exciting and rewarding week of photographic stimulation, personal growth, and fun,” says Callanan.
One reason Santa Fe Workshops has achieved its world-class reputation is that Callanan and his crack staff are always in the background. They let teachers and students do their thing, but if any need or problem arises they immediately provide the necessary technical, creative, and material support. An atmosphere of respect and professionalism permeates the entire experience, which is why so many students come back for more. . . you just might be exposed to people and places that change the course of your creative life.”
George Schaub is an editor, writer and photographer. He teaches photography at the New School in New York and courses in digital photography at Santa Fe Workshops. This article was written for and first published in American Photo On Campus, and is reprinted with permission of American Photo.
I would like to thank you all for, once again, a truly remarkable week. I know that from the moment I arrive until the moment I leave my education, comfort, and overall experience is the primary concern of all who are there to assist me. This is why I choose Santa Fe Workshops. In every way I can measure, you all provide the very best workshop experience anywhere on this and neighboring planets. End of story.
- Steve Babbitt
I regard my beginning photography workshop as a life-changing experience. I am deeply indebted to Santa Fe Workshops for instilling in me the artistic vision, inspiration, and motivation that has flourished throughout the years.
- Joyce Woollems
The best thing about the week was the general Santa Fe Workshops experience. I have been in photography for 30 years and it felt really great to experience this at this level.
- Robb Johnson
A life-changing experience that truly showed me the sacred responsibility of a photographer.
- Oscar Falero
Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects.
In 2014, he shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby, and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design.
His documentary short, BlindSight, about a group of blind photographers had its world premiere at DocNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival.
Bob is also a Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the new City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches the wildly popular Video Storytelling for the Web, Social Video and VR 360 Video classes.
In his past lives, Bob was a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine, and a freelancer for more magazines than remain on newsstands.
His new obsession is 360 Video and virtual reality. This is Bob’s 11th year teaching for Santa Fe Workshops.
Total Cost: USD $1,695.00
Deposit: USD $300.00
Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.
Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab. Participants in this workshop have the option of using Nikon D-SLR or mirrorless cameras by The Workshops
On-campus housing available. Contact us for pricing information and suggestions for off-campus housing.
Since enrollment is limited, Santa Fe Workshops encourage you to apply early. Please do not make travel plans before registering and receiving confirmation from Santa Fe Workshops that your workshop is “a go.”
$300 deposit is required today in order to submit your registration.
Santa Fe Workshops cannot hold space in a workshop without a deposit. Once your deposit has been received you will receive an email confirmation.
Balance is due no later than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. NOTE: Late payments are subject to a 5% fee on balance due.
Santa Fe Workshops are pleased to offer two discount opportunities:
The Frequent Photographer discount is offered to participants who take two or more four or more day-long workshops in Santa Fe or San Miguel during the same calendar year. The discount is a $125 credit applied to the tuition of the second, and any subsequent, workshop taken during a calendar year. This discount may not be combined with any other discount or scholarship program; other restrictions may apply.
The Next Generation discount is Intended to instill a passion for photography in the younger generation. Any parent or grandparent who attends a four or more day-long workshop in Santa Fe receives a $250 credit for their child or grandchild to attend during the same week. This discount may not be combined with any other discount or scholarship program. Other restrictions may apply.
Santa Fe Workshops strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance. Santa Fe Workshops suggest a plan that offers coverage for medical/dental emergencies, lost baggage, missed connections, and trip cancellation, should you unexpectedly need to cancel.
The Workshops is registered with Travel Insurance Services of Columbus, Ohio. Please contact them for additional information at 800-937-1387.
The Workshops is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.
▼ Cancellation & Transfer Policies
Santa Fe Workshops rely on your attendance to make important arrangements, so if for any reason you need to withdraw from a workshop based in Santa Fe, please notify them by email (you will receive all their contact information upon reservation) 30 days or more before the start date of your workshop. At that time Santa Fe Workshops will refund your deposit by check, less a $125 cancellation fee.
If notification of cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the start of the workshop, Santa Fe Workshops must retain the $300 deposit. If cancellation of on-campus housing in Santa Fe is made 15 to 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, Santa Fe Workshops retain the $100 housing deposit.
If notification of cancellation is made less than 15 days before the start of the workshop, Santa Fe Workshops must retain the entire balance paid. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 15 days before the start of the workshop. No refund of any fees will be made for withdrawal after the workshop begins.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. Santa Fe Workshops highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. In the event that a workshop must be cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 12 months.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements.
If for any reason you wish to transfer to a different workshop, please notify Santa Fe Workshops at least 30 days before the start of the workshop you wish to withdraw from. You may only make one transfer at a charge of $30. Santa Fe Workshops reserve the right to allow or disallow any transfer. You must register and complete a new workshop within 12 months of the withdrawal. There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for workshops, inside or outside the continental U.S.
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