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"Telling Stories That Matter" Parts 1 & 2 Filmmaking Workshop by Cinematographer Michael O. Snyder

Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker who uses his combined knowledge of visual storytelling and conservation to create narratives that drive social impact. At its core, his work is an exploration of the dynamic, two-way relationship between environmental change and cultural change. Michael is a Portrait of Humanity Award Winner, a Climate Journalism Fellow at the Bertha Foundation, a Blue Earth Alliance Photographer, a Society of Environmental Journalists Member, a National Geographic Contributor, a member of New Day Films, a participant in the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, and a Resident Artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.


In this video workshop the photographer & filmmaker examines how becoming a great photographer means being a great visual storyteller. In this first part of the two-part “Telling Stories that Matter” series you will learn how to effectively tell stories from conception of an idea to completion of a project.

In Part 2 Michael shares the contents of his gear bag and his trusted equipment used for his work. He also discusses tricks and tips of the trade, and answers questions from the audience.

Michael often lectures on visual storytelling and its potential as a tool for social impact. He has been an Observer Delegate and featured speaker at the United Nations Climate Conference and has lectured and presented work at universities such as Yale, Columbia, Stanford, the Alfred Wegener Institute, and the University of Edinburgh. His photojournalism work has been featured by outlets such as National Geographic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, VOX, BBC, PBS News Hour, CNN, Orion, Science, and NPR. His work has been awarded by bodies such as The Wellcome Prize, Magnum Photos, The Lucie Foundation, and The British Journal of Photography. His images have been galleried around the world, including shows at Photoville, NYC Climate Week, the Indian Photo Festival, The Capa Center, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Sent Into Space, and many more.

For the full-length presentation, including Q&A session, watch the uncut version.

This B&H Photo event is sponsored by Outex underwater housing systems.

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