Evocative Travel Photography – Telling Your Story of a Place and Its People
John & Lisa Merrill, Instructors
Dates: June 4th – 7th, 2021 (7am-10pm, with mid-day breaks)
At beaches, farms, towns, marinas, gardens, a fort, and a glassblowing studio, John and Lisa will offer on-the-spot guidance and encouragement, and help you become fluent with your camera’s features and settings. Hands-on photo coaching can be transformative as you learn to notice the nuances of light and compose for impact — intentionally making, versus taking, photos. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and discover new ways of seeing and photographing. With two instructors, you’ll have double the expertise to tap into.
Most of each day will be devoted to outdoor photography, including optional sunrise and sunset photo shoots at waterfront locations. There will be an opportunity to build action photography skills with a model on a bicycle and in a kayak. Everyone will wear masks, stay safely apart, and comply with pandemic safety protocols.
In daily presentations, John and Lisa will share tips and techniques to help you master the technical and artistic sides of travel photography. You’ll explore composition, environmental portraits, street photography, and effective use of flash. Presentations and image reviews will take place in the Pacific NorthWest Art School’s classroom with protective desk shields and large open garage doors, and participation via Zoom from your hotel/B&B is an option.
Each participant will have a one-on-one meeting with John or Lisa to review Whidbey images, along with up to 25 images from a previous trip. Group image reviews will provide additional feedback and inspiration. Visual storytelling goes beyond image creation, and the Merrills will share techniques for organizing photos and optimizing your favorites, and combining them into a compelling story of your Whidbey Island adventures to treasure and share.
Instructors’ bio: John and Lisa Merrill create images to evoke wonder, inspire action and strengthen communities. Their work is featured in books, websites, and magazines including National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Outside. Photography is a lifelong journey of mindfulness and expression for the Merrills, and they relish opportunities to learn from and connect with people they photograph. They are inspiring educators who help others nurture photographic creativity through online coaching and workshops, Pacific Northwest photowalks, and international photo tours. Learn more at Merrill Images.