Platypus West

July 7-14, 2001

Brooks Institute of Photography
Santa Barbara, California

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Learn from the Platypus

The rapidly changing world of new media will offer today's photojournalists new opportunities to tell their stories, whether by print, the Web or television - provided they understand and master the techniques of video. There are crucial differences between the two, previously separate, professions. The rules must be learned before you can break them. The workshop will be taught by still photographers who have made the jump.

You'll Work Hard

As TV shooters who have gone through the experience can attest, learning this stuff is no picnic. Students will spend 12 to 16 hours a day in formal and informal sessions, attending lectures by the staff, shooting their assignments, and editing with Final Cut Pro on new Mac G4 computers. All of the students will have the chance to shoot and edit their exercises, taking turns with the equipment.

What To Expect

You'll be totally immersed in a new atmosphere from the moment you arrive. The Workshop will provide the newest in 3-chip professional digital video cameras. Technical and storytelling skills will be taught, providing the foundation for a new breed of total visual journalists. 

Leave Your Ego Behind

Unless you already have a professional 3-chip digital camera that you can't do without, leave your gear behind. We will outfit you with the equipment you need. Prepare to learn a set of skills that will form the core of your new career in photojournalism. Workshop graduates will be the spark plugs whose enthusiasm and commitment will energize the environments in which they will work - and change the face of media.

The Brooks Institute Campus

The classes will be held at the Brooks Montecito campus. This is an old, Spanish-style, large private home, now used as a teaching and lecture facility. The work of editing and such will be at the Brooks Jefferson campus, about a 10-minute drive away. Click here for maps of the locations:


Attendees must make their own housing arrangements. A special rate has been reserved at the nearby Lemon Tree Hotel for the July 7-14 week. Contact the hotel at: 805-687-6444 and say that you're coming for "the Brooks Workshop" which will give you the rate of $95 weekdays and $140 weekend.

Contact Information

Sovereign Travel
1660-H North 4th Street
P.O. Box 884
Laramie, Wyoming 82072
Phone: 800-700-0728
Fax: 307-742-8791

Contacts: Lissa Maki,
Gregg, Scott and Steve.

Marshall Dennen
Graduate Program Administrator
Brooks Workshop Coordinator
Direct line 805-690-7637
Fax 805-564-4618

Jim McNay - 805-879-8620


Faculty For the Platypus West Workshop

Dirck Halstead, Director: A veteran still photographer for UPI and Time magazine. In the early 90's he helped in the creation of Video News International, now NYT-TV (a New York Times Company). VNI played an important early role in moving photojournalists into television. Dirck can be reached at (202) 338-3754, or Email:

PF Bentley: An award-winning photographer for his in-depth reportage for Time and Newsweek magazines, PF has produced three programs for ABC News Nightline.

Dick Swanson:
A photographer for Life Magazine and National Geographic, Swanson is a certified Avid editor, and contributes to projects at Video Action Fund and The Digital Journalist in Washington, DC.

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Enrollment Application - Platypus West Workshop
Brooks Institute of Photography
Santa Barbara, California
July 7 - 14, 2001

Enroll me for Shoot and Edit: ($1,500) - Enrollment is limited to 20 photojournalists). Minimum of 2 years of professional photojournalism is required. Everyone will shoot and edit their exercises, then attend critique sessions with members of the faculty for evaluation and constructive criticism. We suggest you bring a sturdy video tripod with a quick release clamp.


There are a total of 20 spots open for Shoot and Edit, so apply early.
Tuition fees are fully refundable except for cancellation without notice.

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