Here is an opportunity to move beyond the still image! Dealing with still, video, and audio equipment in the field can be a cumbersome prospect—there are so many pieces of equipment to learn to navigate—but with the introduction of the Canon 5D Mark II, and more recently the Canon 70D, multimedia documentarians now have a tool that collapses multiple mediums into one. Students in this workshop work directly with photographers who have first-hand experience with DSLRs. Students learn the benefits and drawbacks of the camera through hands-on demonstrations, lectures and daily critiques. Additionally, instructors work directly with students to help them use the camera as a means to better tell documentary stories. The goal of this course is for student to leave the week with 3-4 short pieces, and the base knowledge of how to approach real-world filming scenarios. Instructors also cover production workflow, file conversion and external audio source syncing issues. Gain the skills to put a great camera to affect!

Students should have an understanding of digital photography and Premiere editing workflow. 

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) qwithour lodging $125.


Terri Lea Smith

Terri Lea Smith is a freelance photographer and videographer from the Phoenix area. Originally born and raised in Alabama, she has a love of documentary work inspired by the people and landscape of the Southeastern U.S. that call attention to the color and richness of life. This love of culture and photo essays blend with ventures into food photography. She has produced documentary and commercial work for companies such as International Rescue Committee, USA Today,, Arizona State University, PHOENIX magazine and Global Family Philanthropy.

In 2012 Terri earned a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Digital Media from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

She enjoys traveling, teaching photography and learning new recipes to photograph.    


Course Dates

Apr 9 to Apr 15



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