Sunday, July 05, 2015

Romania Orphan Ministry

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 55-200mm, ISO 400, ƒ/3.6, 1/2200
Last year I met Korinna Waggoner for the first time. She was one of the participants of the Lisbon, Portugal Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Workshop.

She liked the experience so much that she wanted to do this again, so she joined us in Bucharest, Romania this year.

While hearing all the content for teaching was mostly a repeat, hearing it for the second time was beneficial to Korinna.

Fuji X-E2, FUJINON XF 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/60
Last year Korinna experienced more bumps in the road with access to the subject. With all the preplanning we do there is still a chance scheduling may need some adjusting. This year Korinna's subject was more accessible and made for a much better story.

Here is her story from this year on Orphan Ministry in Romania.

Romania Orphan Ministry from Storytellers Abroad on Vimeo.

When asked the most important things learned she learned this year, Korinna had three that rose to the top:

  1. Video/Storytelling Confidence
  2. How I can do storytelling on my own
  3. Social Media
After doing this 2nd workshop Korinna was saying sign me up for storytelling for missions. 

I believe that after doing two of these workshops most people would be ready to adventure out on their own. If you are mid career in the communications field or towards the end of your career you could probably take just one of these workshops and be ready. 

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 12800, ƒ/8, 1/250
One important aspect of a successful workshop is feeling like you can just be yourself. Now I am hoping this was what was taking place as we drove to different locations. I think Korinna was having fun. Ha Ha Well I was at least.

Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 2200, ƒ/4, 1/100
Here Korinna is talking with James Dockery, senior editor with ESPN, about her story. Having these one-on-one times with each workshop participant is where James and I feel like we were able to help the most.

photo by: Jeff Raymond
We also did some lectures, but this was only about 10% to 20% of the workshop. We needed everyone to be hands on and learning from doing rather than by being lectured to. 

You can go online and listen all you want to tips on how to use software and see lots of examples of how to do multimedia projects. What the workshop helped all these students is having someone walking beside them every step of their journey. Having someone who pulled from all their experience and not just doing it all alone for the first time.

Nikon D4, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 900, ƒ/3.2, 1/500
This is Korinna shooting in the village Herăști, Giurgiu, Romania.

Korinna’s advice to those considering a Multimedia Workshop:
Do it! What you will learn on this trip is far more than you can ever expect!
Send me an email if you are interested in taking a multimedia workshop next year.

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