Photojournalism

Cynthiana, Ky. | Harrison County | Oct. 29 - Nov. 3

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$800early bird registration | $800 after Aug. 31, 2019

Sep 28registration closes

Do you think your images lack that “special something?” After all, you understand exposure, composition is a skill that is becoming second nature, and light is something you see and use whenever you can. Yet your images still do not stand out. This is where we come in. With a coach-to-student ratio of approximately 1:6, the Photojournalism Workshop can bring you to a new level of story telling, one you never thought you could reach. You will get closer to your subject than you could ever imagine, get up early and stay out late, get down in the mud with the subject, and ultimately climb into his or her heart.

Mountain is all about building relationships and using meaningful photographs to tell a story. If you want to be a photojournalist, your coaches – some of the best visual professionals in the nation – will give you a motivating push in the right direction. To complement your days and nights of shooting and editing, each evening includes inspiring presentations by the coaches, as well as critiques of a selection of images taken that day. If you find any down time it will be spent soaking up the knowledge of your passionate coaches and maybe sleeping a little bit.

There is a spirit here that lifts people up and pushes them toward successes in their photography that they might not have achieved on their own.

Rick Loomis, Independent Photojournalist | Photojournalism Coach

About

Each October, a group of visual journalists set up shop in a different community in Kentucky to document life and culture in a way that is rarely attempted. Raw and live, it’s all about the people and their stories, not the institutions. It’s called the Mountain Workshops, and dozens of students and professionals from around the country swoop in for a week every year to garner new skills and fresh inspiration.

It’s a crash course in visual journalism.

Participants can choose from one of five options for the week. Photojournalism, the original workshop at Mountain, has always been a big hit, but Video Storytelling is increasingly in demand. If you wish to increase your knowledge in other visual skills, the Mountain Workshops can deliver. Picture Editing pushes a traditional skill set of image selection and book design into the digital age, while Digital Storytelling takes us into a world of multiple forms of media and collaborative cooperation on a single topic.

A special workshop for K-12 educators is hosted by Dataseam, a Louisville-based nonprofit that provides resources for Kentucky educators. The K-12 Educators workshop is designed to help high school teachers looking to develop their students’ communication skills to tell their own stories.

Five workshops held in one location, in one week, with a constant flow of new ideas and one-on-one guidance by the top professionals in their fields, all add up to an intense five days of high-octane education in visual communication and storytelling.

A sneak peak behind the Mountain

Headquarters location and schedule

Harrison County Fair Grounds
2849 US HWY 27 South
Cynthiana, KY 41031

Tuesday, October 29 (all times are EDT)

  • 7:30 AM Registration opens
  • 8:00 AM Vendor’s tables open
  • 9:00 AM Session #1: Large group introduction: Overview of workshop and small group assignments
  • 10:00 AM Production and workflow tutorials
  • 10:30 AM Session #2: Break into small groups with coaches
  • 11:00 AM Lunch Buffet opens (provided)
  • 12:30 PM Session #3: Opening ceremony for all participants and hat draw (story ideas)
  • 1:30 PM Meet briefly with coaches in small groups; fieldwork
  • 6:00 PM Dinner on your own
  • 7:30 PM Session #4: MWS evening presentations (all participants)
  • 9:30 PM Session #5: Meet with coaches in small groups
  • 11:00 PM Lab closes for the night

Wednesday, October 30

  • Sunrise, AM Fieldwork, shoot features and story; meet with coach during the day  
  • 12:00 PM Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon, PM Continue shooting features and story; write story and captions; meet with coach
  • 6:00 PM Dinner on your own
  • 7:30 PM Session #6: MWS evening presentations (all participants)
  • 9:30 PM Session #7: First story critique (Photojournalism workshops participants only)
  • 10:30 PM Session #8: Meet with coaches in small groups
    Midnight Lab closes for the night

Thursday, October 31

  • Sunrise, AM Fieldwork, shoot features and story; meet with coach during the day  
  • 12:00 PM Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon, PM Continue shooting features and story; write story and captions; meet with coach
  • 6:00 PM Dinner on your own
  • 7:30 PM Session #9: MWS evening presentations (all participants)
  • 9:30 PM Session #10: Second story critique (Photojournalism workshops participants only)
  • 10:30 PM Session #11: Meet with coaches in small groups
  • 1:00 AM Lab closes for the night 

Friday, November 1

  • Sunrise, AM Fieldwork, shoot features and story; meet with coach during the day  
  • 12:00 PM Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon, PM Continue shooting features and story;; write story and captions; meet with coach
  • 6:00 PM Dinner on your own
  • 7:30 PM Session #12: MWS evening presentations (all participants)
  • 9:30 PM Session #13: Second story critique (Photojournalism workshops participants only)
  • 10:30 PM Session #14: Meet with coaches in small groups
  • 2:00 AM Lab closes for the night  (first draft of story/final presentation edit due)  

Saturday, November 2

  • Sunrise, AM Fieldwork, shoot features and story; finish written story and captions
  • 8:00 AM Building opens 
  • Noon Ceremonial close of content and group photo, lunch on your own
  • 4:30 PM All photo story edits, captions, story and headlines complete; checklist review with coach
  • 5:00 PM Dinner on your own
  • 6:00 PM MWS closing ceremonies and presentation viewing
  • 9:00 PM Vendor sponsored pizza party
  • Midnight Workshop closes

Travel

The nearest airports are Lexington (LEX), 32 miles; Cincinnati (CVG), 66 miles; Louisville (SDF), 92 miles or Huntington, WV (HTS), 118 miles. We have noticed drastically different rates depending on where you are coming from, so be sure to shop around for the best deals. You will need to have a vehicle for the workshop and there are car rental places at all of the airports. Our headquarters for the Mountain is about 20 miles from the nearest hotel. If you are in the Picture Editing workshop you may be able to share a car rental with others in that workshop. Once you apply and are accepted to the Mountain, you will be invited to a private Facebook group where you can coordinate with others about the possibility of car and hotel room sharing. Keep in mind that the video, photo and digital storytelling workshops will require driving and it is best to have your own car during the week.

Housing

You are required to provide your own hotel and dinning arrangements. There are no hotels within Harrison county. We recommend you consider to look for lodging in the Georgetown, Ky. area just off I-75 at exit 126, about 20 miles and a simple drive east on Highway 62 to downtown Cynthiana. There is a plethora of hotels that fit all budgets in this location. There may also be several AirBNB opportunities nearby. We want to make sure you are aware of this daily “commute” as you make your decision to attend this year’s workshops.

What You Create

  • Images that will be considered for use in the Mountain Workshops book, website and gallery
  • A visual and written story, along with captions, that reveal your subjects true character
  • Moments of learning that rapidly propel your skills forward
  • A network of friends, colleagues and connections that will remain a part of your life forever

Who Should Come

  • Pre-professional or early professional visual storytellers looking to increase their knowledge in the art of storytelling
  • Any visual journalist or commercial videographer in need of inspiration or a week away to experience visual immersion to rejuvenate their passion
  • College students interested in documenting communities and the people who live in them