WK 28 - Photography for Ecologists: Part 2. Putting Images to Work--FREE

Monday, August 8, 2011: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
18A, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Molly G. Mehling
Co-organizers: Neil Losin , Nathan B. Dappen and Neil Ever Osborne
Speaker: Katie Kline
Changes in technology have altered the manner in which ecologists communicate and conduct research. Digital images are now captured and shared at an unprecedented rate. Images can serve as effective tools for ecologists, yet we have not fully embraced nor refined visual communication in our research and outreach activities. The aim of this workshop is to provide visual communication theory, practical resources, and small-group discussions that will advance the use of images in your work. The main topics to be addressed are (1) the uses of photography in public outreach; (2) the role of images in documentation and research; and (3) participatory photography methods. We will discuss projects that successfully employ each of these three models. We will cover the basics of post-processing and metadata to help you optimize your images, keep them organized, and maximize their utility. You will work with your fellow workshop participants to brainstorm new ways to communicate with images, using traditional and web media, and we will discuss how to evaluate the impact of such outreach activities. You will also see how participatory photography methods can be used to facilitate learning and dialogue on topics of science and sustainability. NOTE: This workshop is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 focuses on image capture; Part 2 focuses on using images to communicate through traditional and new media. Participants will gain the most from this series by enrolling in both parts, but each part is self-contained and may also be taken independently.
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