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Learn the Art of Storytelling with Gerd Ludwig

Posted by on September 4, 2014 | Contests/Events


From October 23 to 27, 2014, join National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig for an intensive four-and-a-half-day documentary workshop aimed at students seeking to take their photography to the next level. Limited to only nine participants, the workshop is designed to help photographers develop a personal eye and to leave inspired. Classes will concentrate on the aesthetic, technical and logistical aspects of photographing with personal vision and balanced objectivity.

Ludwig will stress finding and researching subjects, photographing people in an intimate fashion, making photographs that communicate emotionally as well as editorially and using aesthetics in a sophisticated manner. He will also discuss the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series and essay and will openly share the personal approaches he uses to create stories for National Geographic.

Through daily photo sessions, each participant will photograph a story idea with the goal of producing a set of images by the workshop’s end. After individual portfolio reviews, Ludwig will provide guidance to help streamline each idea, provide research tips and create a coverage plan. Individual and group critiques will continue throughout the workshop and Ludwig will also be available for advice on personal photographic aspirations. The course will culminate with each photographer presenting his or her photographs to the class for feedback. Following the workshop, participants will also receive a 25 percent discount on one item purchased from Tenba.com.

Class meetings will be held in Ludwig’s spacious Hollywood Hills home and will include a daily light lunch salad. To assist with costs for out-of-town participants, Ludwig is offering affordable lodging in his home ($200 for five nights) for the first two students to respond. Participants must otherwise provide their own photographic equipment, laptops and transportation.

The workshop fee is $975, which can be paid through Paypal in three installments, an initial $175 deposit and two $400 payments, due by October 1 and October 15. For further details and to register, click here.