Photography for Conservation Storytelling
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
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.
- 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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