Northern California Science Writers Association

Digital Photography Workshop

  • Saturday, November 20, 2010
  • Mechanics Institute
NCSWA is pleased to announce our second Digital Media Workshop of the fallundefinedon digital photography!

Photography is storytelling, not just art to fill space next to text. This workshop will teach you how to take great photos that go beyond just illustrating your story. We will cover hands-on camera and Photoshop basics, helping you to better utilize the full potential of your camera and understand file types, file sizes and other image requirements of most publications.

This workshop will be co-taught by Mark Murrmann (Photo Editor at Mother Jones magazine) and Tristan Spinski (a photojournalist whose work has appeared in Naples Daily News, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones, and other publications).

Registration for this workshop is limited to 25, offered on a first-come, first-served basisundefinedsecure your spot early!

In addition to the nuts and bolts of photography, we will delve into the essentials of photojournalism, such as ways to humanize your story, effective storytelling through photos, how to think visually, what makes for compelling composition and importantly, how to edit your photos for publication/multimedia and to help you get more work as a writer/photographer.

This workshop is designed for writer/photographers at all skill levels. Whether you're just learning the way around your camera or have successfully published photos with your stories, we can help you reach the next step in your budding photo career.

Participants should bring the camera they use most often when reporting and a laptop with image editing software. If you have images you've shot (or published) for previous stories, please bring those as well.


Mark Murrmann is the Photo Editor for Mother Jones magazine and a contract photographer with ZUMA Press. His work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world, including: Newsweek, Time, Le Monde, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a regular contributor to Hamburger Eyes photo magazine and Maximumrocknroll. He was recently named one of L├╝rzer Archives' 200 Best Advertising photographers for 2010/2011.

Tristan Spinski is a photojournalist with the Naples Daily News and a Corbis Images contributing photographer based in South Florida. After earning his master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, Tristan worked as a landscaper, a busboy and an oyster shucker before joining the photography staff at the Naples Daily News. Tristan's images have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones, FRONTLINE/World, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the St. Petersburg Times. In addition to being awarded the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for Documentary Photography (2005) and the Susan Meiselas Award for Photojournalism (2004 & 2005), Tristan's photography has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, the Florida Press Club, and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Tristan has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware.

9:30-10:00am: Registration (coffee & light refreshments)
10:00am-4:00pm: Workshop

Lunch (lasting approx 45 minutes) will be catered on-site.
After-reception: Participants who wish to are invited to gather at a nearby restaurant, immediately after the event, for drinks and/or food (details to come).

Location (downtown San Francisco):
Mechanics Institute
57 Post Street (b/t Montgomery St & Kearny St)
San Francisco, CA
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This location is easily reached by BARTundefineda short walk from the Montgomery Street Station on Market Street.

Parking in the area is limited.
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