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Attention Rochester area students interested in taking summer classes in Photography! This is a fabulous opportunity with a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist.

Introduction to Photojournalism for High School Students
July 16 – 21, 2012
Program Length: 5 days, 8 hour days

Intended audience: Regional High School Students interested in pursuing a possible career in Photojournalism.

This Workshop is specially designed for high school students who have a desire to transform their photography from simple snapshots to story-telling images. This hands-on Workshop emphasizes the storytelling aspects of photojournalism while instilling strong technical fundamentals. It consists of five days of intense instruction at the state-of-the-art facilities of Rochester Institute of Technology’s nationally acclaimed photojournalism program.

This Workshop welcomes young participants who are interested in a unique experience that will introduce them to the real world of photojournalism and could set in motion a career path in photojournalism. Group critiques and one-on-one sessions with world acclaimed faculty abound.

You Will Learn
Basic Digital Capture – exposure, compression
Basic Composition and Lighting
Basic Camera Controls – shutter speed, aperture, depth of field
Basic Digital Workflow
Basic Visual Story-telling Ideas & Techniques
Basic Photojournalism Processes

Program Outline
Through daily lectures, critiques, demos and daily assignments the instructors help students learn basic technical skills along with basic photojournalistic skills, visual story-telling techniques and to always consider the storyline when making photographs.

Who Should Attend
High School students who want to learn the basics of photojournalism.

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William Snyder is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, editor, manager and educator. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with highest honors and a BS in photography. He returned to RIT in 2008 to teach and also serves as the Chair of the Photojournalism Program.

Following graduation from RIT in 1981, Snyder began working for The Miami News where he covered many of the city’s major news stories. In 1983 Snyder moved to The Dallas Morning News where he won three Pulitzer Prizes along with numerous other awards during his 15 years as a staff photographer.

In 1989 Snyder became an Assignment and Photo Editor and, in 2005, was named Director of Photography. Under his direction, the DMN photography staff won dozens of awards from the Texas Headliners Foundation, Pictures of The Year Internationally, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and Best Use of Photography in addition to other state and national awards. The photography department was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Program fee $500

Students who are interested in the Intro to Photojournalism for High School Students workshop are eligible for a $350 scholarship provided by the Paul Louis Miller Chair of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Once approved, this workshop will have a registration fee of $150. Applicants must apply for the scholarship before registering.

Questions, please contact Prof Michael Peres at

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