Physical Rating: Moderate

Included: Accommodation, ground transportation, workshop lessons, activities, and most meals.

Day 1 Fly into Entebbe before 3pm and be greeted at the airport. Meet at the hotel and have dinner together to taste some local Ugandan cuisine and get to know all our fellow travelers.

Lesson 1: Ethics of Photodocumentary & Teaming with Groups to Make Impact

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  • Ethics of Photodocumentary: We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change. 

  • Finding and working with a team is essential for change.  We will discuss how to find partners to work with and how, together, change can be made

  • Introduce a Social Change Story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with in Uganda.

  • Project 1 is assigned.

Day 2 Entebbe-Lira. Stop at Karuma Falls crossing the Nile and see local friendly baboons. 

Day 3-6 Visit the Children of Hope Uganda office and meet the staff. Drive to Barlonyo to document a site of the Lord's Resistance Army massacre of 301 villagers. Meet students and teachers at a vocational centre and early child development centre. Tour school campus and farm initiatives, learn about carpentry/entrepreneurship/bricklaying/computer classes.

Lesson 2: ART OF STORYTELLING & POWER OF VOICE

  • Art of Storytelling: Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story. In your first storytelling assignment, you will get hands-on, guided practice in telling a story with your images.

  • Power of Voice: We will work on bringing your own narrative and emotions into your work.  Make your photos speak and say what you feel.  

  • Project 1 critique.

  • Project  2 is assigned.

Lesson 3: COMPOSITION & EYE MOVEMENT

  • Learn how to storytell by the way you move your viewer throughout your frame.  Use of light, color, shapes, multi-level photojournalism will all be shown as ways to use a single image to tell more of a story and to trap the viewers eyes

  • Project 2 critique.

  • Project  3 is assigned.

Lesson 4: PERFECT LANDSCAPES & ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE

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  • Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.

  • Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next step.

  • Project 3 critique.

  • Project 4 is assigned.

Day 7  Tour surrounding villages and get a hands-on experience in soap-making, basket-weaving and paper beads crafts.

Lesson 5: PHOTOGRAPHY & SOCIAL CHANGE

  • Through discussion and examples, we will encourage you to venture into social change and impact territory with your photography. 

  • Project 4 critique.

  • Project  5 is assigned.

Day 8-10 Travel from Lira to Murchison Falls National Park. Safari time with a chance of seeing the Big 5!

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Lesson 6: EDITING & FINAL PHOTO ASSIGNMENT

  • Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.

  • Project 6 critique.

  • Project  7 is assigned.

Day 11 Travel to Kampala.

Day 12 Tour Kampala. We will have opportunities to see and document Katubi Tombs, Gaddafi National Mosque, and Uganda Martyrs Shrine.

SHARING YOUR STORY

  • Put all that you have learned and shot to the test!  Each workshop attendee will have 10 minutes to get up and share images and stories from the trip.  

  • Together there will be a discussion for each presentation on how to share images for impact and change.  

Day 13- Transfer to airport for flights home.