Instructor: Dianne Joop, National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Education Director

Storytelling is an art that can take many forms. Storytelling is a part of Dianne's heritage and she grew up telling stories. Her first "official" storytelling escapades began her senior year in high school, as principal photographer for the yearbook staff, and continued through college where she studied theatre and photography. Beyond college, she worked as a freelance photographer for 10 years, mainly shooting journalistic pieces and album covers. Photography took on an entirely different meaning for her when she began shooting in caves. Working as the photographer and chief videographer for iCaverns, a mobile app, is Dianne's most recent project.


Participant Max: 10 Duration: Full Day 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch included) Workshop Fee: $35 Photographs are powerful tools that can document material reality as well as tell stories. A single picture can speak volumes; photographs can’t lie, but they can’t exactly tell the whole truth either! This workshop hones in on the subjective aspect of photography, where you can focus on learning skills that will help you to tell stories through your photographs. Subject Matter: Cave and karst settings near Carlsbad, New Mexico Storytelling composition Use of objects/models In-cave Macro shots (composition and lighting) Skill Level: Beginner. A basic understanding of your camera’s features and function is required prior to attending this workshop. The aim is to build on your current knowledge with practical information regarding subject matter, motivation, and creative application to produce better interpretive photographs. Outcomes:
Workshop participants will gain a better understanding of photographic storytelling for interpretation, as well as techniques, composition, and lighting when in cave environments. Equipment: Participants will need to supply their own camera and lenses (digital SLR preferred but not mandatory), protective case, camera’s operating manual, flashlights, and tripod. No external flashes! Attire: You should plan for half of the day in the classroom and the other half in the field. The weather in November is very difficult to predict. It is as likely to be a warm day as it is to be a cold day! And the wind can get quite strong. Dressing in layers helps. Checking the local weather before packing for your trip will help you gauge how warm you will need to dress, but don't forget to be prepared for unexpected, strong or gusty winds. Subsurface temperatures average 55F/13C.

NCKMS 2013 at NCKRI  -  400-1 Cascades Avenue  -  Carlsbad  -  New Mexico  - 88220