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Becoming a better storyteller-

Vehicle-dependent expedition travel enables the photographer and videographer access the most beautiful, remote and dynamic scenery in the world. And overland travel provides a unique opportunity for visual storytelling, capturing the moment of an experience in vivid color or dramatic tones of black and white, the camera acting as a portal of your experiences to the future pages of a publication, a website or the wall of someone's home.

New media and the internet allow travelers to reach a vast audience, but tapping into that technology can be challenging, and creating high-quality media that rises to the top requires training in today's technologies and creative coaching by successful professionals.

The Overland Training Photography program prepares the adventure photographer and videographer for field work be reviewing equipment selection, protecting the equipment from the elements and damage in the vehicle and special techniques to ensure that the camera is always at the ready. Our professional photographers and Emmy-Award winning videographers educate students in capturing the perfect shot by completing a series of subject composition exercises, lighting exercises and field workshops. The course ends with an instructor critique of the students images/video and a review of digital workflow and data management in the field.

REGISTER for classes by reviewing our current course catalog and schedule, and by contacting our admissions office.


OT125 Introduction to Expedition Photography
One-day field course
 
The introduction to expedition photography reviews equipment selection and equipment care, image composition and environmental considerations (lighting, seasons, temperature). Introduction to data workflow and image storage. Particular emphasis is places on basic skills for improving photographs taken while overlanding. Just a few improvements in photographic technique can have lasting effects on the quality of your images.
OT425 Advanced Expedition Photography
Two-day field course
 
Advanced expedition photography provides instruction on skills, equipment and preparation required to capture high-quality images for use in editorial and commercial photography assignments (or just taking the best pictures possible for your own enjoyment). Advanced equipment selection, testing and field repair are reviewed, along with developing a specification for basic kit required for efficient field use. Comprehensive field exercises will develop the students efficiency and effectiveness with a camera in difficult environments. The course will end with advanced work-flow and field data management exercises and a final group critique. Course includes the textbook, Photography in the Outdoors, by Jonathan Hanson
OT130 Introduction to Expedition Videography
One-day field course
 
The introduction to expedition videography reviews equipment selection and equipment care, image composition and environmental considerations (lighting, seasons, temperature). Introduction to data workflow and video storage. Particular emphasis is places on basic skills for improving motion video taken while overlanding. This course will also introduce basic editing using iMovie (Mac), and will help make the difference from your footage being a "home movie" and ready for the iPod.
OT430
Advanced Expedition Videography
Three-day field course
 
Advanced expedition videography provided detailed instruction on equipment selection, set-up and service while operating in the field. A series of video exercises will form the foundation for additional critique and skill-building. Unique locations are chosen for the field course to challenge the student as a videographer and story teller. Once field video capture is complete, the training shifts focus to data management and workflow, and finally in-field editing and production. The final practicum results in a 60 second adventure clip, which will be evaluated by the instructor and fellow classmates.
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