Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Missions Storytelling Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal

This is a great Missions Storytelling Workshop for you, but you need to move quickly. They will accept up to only 11 people. Deadline is 3/18/2014
Host: ABWE is an unaffiliated, independent Baptist missions agency providing like-minded churches with vital services to expedite their Great Commission ministry.
Where: Lisbon, Portugal
Dates Needed: 5/14/14–5/28/14
Cost: $2,800
Duration: 15 Days
Go here to register

For questions check with Jeff Raymond @

Your Teachers

• Jeff Raymond, ABWE Director of Visual Communications
• Stanley Leary, Visual Storyteller
• James Dockery, ESPN Video Editor


Requirements are basically that you know your way around your camera. If you have been a freelancer or shooting on a staff and have no college background you may still be considered. So this experience will count for your college requirement.

While we would prefer that you know your software this will not keep you out of our selection. We do expect that you know how to get the pictures off your camera and onto your computer. It is recommended that you have photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  Also you will need some software to put together a complete package. Most PCs and Macs come with a basic editing video package. For the Mac it is iMovie.

You can use the more advanced Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere if you like as well.

You can also use a software like Soundslides, ProShow Gold or FotoMagico to put your package together.


Bring your own laptop computer with the photo editing software and some sort of video/slide show software as well.

Camera gear I recommend is moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto lens coverage. This would be like 28mm to 200mm on a full-framed camera. Also having flash that you can bounce or take off the camera will be necessary sometimes for your coverage.

Who are the subjects?

You will be working with ABWE missionaries. Some might be doctors, evangelists, teachers and many other rolls. These will be assigned to you. You will be working alone on a story.

You will meet the people you will be covering and then spending some days capturing their lives and the people's lives they come into contact.

The Audience for the story

Each of these missionaries will use your stories to help them communicate with their supporters. The audience may also include the larger ABWE audience of churches and supporters.

Stanley's Thoughts on this opportunity

I have gone on many mission trips and even grew up on the mission field. Most of the time when people go on a missions trip they are going with a group. This actually makes for terrible photos in my opinion. You are tagging along with the group and often do not have time to capture the every day life of people.

This is one of the best opportunities I know of where you will be able to get in depth coverage without your group rushing you to the next timed event.

If you feel called to doing missions photography and are not quite sure how to go about doing it, then this is a perfect opportunity for you.

If you already enjoy shooting and just want the opportunity to shoot missions and don't know how to hook up with missionaries, then this is also perfect for you. This way ABWE people can get to know you and then you get to know their requirements. This can lead to more opportunities for you.