Photography for Conservation Storytelling

Photography for Conservation Storytelling

$792.50
Dates:
February 24-27
Location:
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Kate Ochsman
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Natural History, Photography, Wildlife

This specialized seminar is for photographers who want to learn how to tell a story with a series of images. We will focus on how to use photography for conservation – blending journalism and art. The series of images can be used to accompany articles or blog posts. This will teach participants how to shoot like a Nat Geo Magazine photographer. Yellowstone is the perfect place to revisit and tell the stories of the conservation successes with the bison (breeding program at LBR) and the wolves (reintroduction).

The seminar will cover the histories of the bison ranching, and the wolf reintroduction in the classroom. Armed with this information, the participants, with Kate’s guidance, will create a shot list of images to tell the story of conservation success. One full day in classroom and in the field will focus on the bison story, and the other day will focus on the wolf story. Participants will walk away with having completed two photo series, and more importantly, the knowledge and understanding on how to continue to do this themselves.

Program Itinerary

  • Day 1
    7:00 p.m. Welcome! Introduction to Lamar Buffalo Ranch, schedule and course specifics. Introduction to conservation storytelling and examples of photographic series.
  • Day 2 Bison
    Morning in the classroom learning about bison, the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, and creating a group shot list. Participant will decide what the intended distribution for their series is, and they will photograph it accordingly. Afternoon in the field capturing images. Evening for uploading images and processing. Each participant will present their images (and desired images they would have in addition) to the group and we will discuss.
  • Day 3 Wolves
    Morning in the classroom learning about wolves, the reintroduction, and creating a group shot list. Participant will decide what the intended distribution for their series is, and they will photograph it accordingly. Afternoon in the field capturing images. Evening for uploading images and processing. Each participant will present their images (and desired images they would have in addition) to the group and we will discuss.
  • Day 4 Check Out Day
    9:00am Check out of the Lamar Buffalo ranch. Thank you for joining and for caring about wildlife conservation!

About the Instructor

Kate Ochsman is a naturalist and wildlife photographer based outside of Yellowstone. Kate believes in art for a cause – hers being conservation. Her artistic “why” is to help people connect with the wild, both within and outside of themselves, for we protect what we know and love. Building her fine art photography portfolio, Kate travels globally to photograph wildlife and wild places. Before her move to Yellowstone, Kate, a certified South African Safari Guide, ran an innovative program in the South African bush for college-aged participants that taught them photography, filmmaking, marketing and how to use these along with social media to spread awareness for wildlife conservation issues. She has also worked in human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. These days, Kate is focusing on American wildlife and conservation issues through wildlife guiding and photography.

 

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.