Description of Adventure Storytelling
ROAM Founding Member and world-renowned storyteller Cory Richards boils down his lifetime of experience as an alpinist and photographer to give you insight on how to plan, capture, and share your stories from the field – from your backyard to the top of Everest.
Cory goes step-by-step through his process, using real examples of his stunning work in potent case studies. Learn how he positions himself in unfamiliar or uncomfortable places, how he connects with people, his experience documenting raw conflict and action, and how he weaves together plot, resolution, and emotion into a larger narrative.
What you will learn in Adventure Storytelling
- Fundamentals: Elements of a Story, Moving Beyond Conflict, and Shooting With Purpose
- Application: Elements in Practice, Techniques, Gear, Unique Conditions
- Putting It Together: Cogs of the Story, Case Studies
- Lesson 1: Elements of Story
Cory Richards talks about the elements of story and how to demonstrate them through your photography.
- Lesson 2: Moving Beyond Conflict
Cory Richards discusses how to move beyond conflict to create a setting by “placing” a story through landscape and culture.
- Lesson 3: Shooting with Purpose
Cory Richards walks you through the process of creating a narrative arc with your photography, examining who, where, and why.
- Lesson 4: Elements in Practice
Cory Richards takes the previous concepts of story elements, moving beyond conflict, and shooting with purpose, and shows you how to apply them in practice.
- Lesson 5: Show Me the Mystery
Cory Richards explains how you can use the viewers’ innate sense of curiosity to ask questions and establish mystery with your photography.
- Lesson 6: Shooting Techniques
Now that you understand the fundamentals of telling a story, Cory Richards explains the techniques you need to capture those moments.
- Lesson 7: What’s in My Bag?
Cory Richards walks you through the most important items in his gear kit. Learn about the cameras, lenses, gear bags, and other equipment used by one of the best adventure photographers on earth.
- Lesson 8: Shoot Through the Storm
Adventure photography isn’t always comfortable. Cory Richards talks about the mindset you should have shooting in difficult conditions.
- Lesson 9: What Are Your Cogs of the Story?
Cory Richards helps you understand what the key elements, or “cogs”, of your story are that will tie together to engage the viewer and create a richer storytelling experience.
- Case Study: Making The Line
Cory Richards takes you into into “The Line”, a 7-part series about an attempt to create a new line on Mt. Everest, and everything that it takes to tell a story from the field in real time.
- Case Study: Yellowstone
Cory Richards looks at making a documentary on the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and tying together various diverse elements into a coherent story.
- Case Study: Franz Joseph Land
Cory Richards brings all of the previous concepts together in a case study about Franz Joseph Land and its intact ecosystem.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who wants to learn the secrets of how a working photographer prepares to go on expeditions and photo assignments. If you’ve ever wondered how to shoot a collection of images for any kind of publication, or simply want to deepen your personal work, this course will teach you both concept and theory, as well as technical tools, while emphasizing that the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts. Cory also offers insights into specific successes and failures throughout his career, including expeditions to Indonesia, Pakistan, and Antarctica. This is a world class tutorial in crafting image arcs that leave deep and lasting impressions.
About Cory Richards
Cory Richards is truly one of the great adventure storytellers alive today. His compassion and sense of purpose underly his incredible ability to communicate the human experience.
The omens for Cory Richards becoming a world-class photographer did not look good. He dropped out of school as a teenager and was for a time homeless. But at the age of 18, he picked up his mother’s Ricoh point-and-shoot camera, and discovered his passion.
Today, he is one of the most sought-after adventure and mountaineering photographers, with a string of awards under his belt, including the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
For the November 2017 issue of National Geographic, he traveled the world in search of the happiest people on earth. As a climber, much of Cory’s work has been the product of expeditions to the greater reaches of the earth, and he has carved a niche as one of the leading adventure and expedition photographers.
His camera has taken him to wild and remote corners, from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the Himalayas, where he made the first winter ascent of 8,000-meter Gasherbrum II, nearly dying in an avalanche.
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