Picture of Scout at Camp Daniel Boone, North Carolina


BSA Visual Storytelling describes an initiative by the Boy Scouts of America to teach Scouts and Scouters enhanced method of visual storytelling. Storytelling can be as simple as a single picture or more complex as in picture stories or videos. An annual workshop is offered at Philmont Training Center near Cimarron, New Mexico.

GoPro’s Video Revolution is a 60 Minutes story about the GoPro small, wearable camera. While there are now many competitors, the small, waterproof, GoPro camera made documenting high adventure possible. 

Interviewing Techniques for Multimedia shows exactly how to properly set up an interview. Well, maybe not. This has to be seen to be believed. It’s a masterpiece in education by Peter Simon and Roger Morgan, Boy Scouts of America. 

Love Seat – Boyd Huppert (reporter) and Jonathan Malat (Photographer) tell the story about couples in a neighborhood with marriages that last. Huppert works at KARE 11 Minneapolis/St. Paul. Malat now works the TV2 television station in Denmark.

Michael Williamson gave the Inaugural Morris Berman Lecture of the National Press Photographers Foundation hosted by Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Williamson is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist at the Washington Post. The lecture was given in 2013.

Richard Baily was a painter who lived in Canton, Missouri, the small town where I grew up. Rich and I were boyhood friends. I marveled at his art skills. In my visits in recent years, we discussed the stories behind his paintings. Our discussions were so interesting that I decided to do an interview with him about storytelling from a painter’s perspective. He died several months after I did the interview. Some of his stories had very complex stories behind them. Others no story at all. Rich was fascinated by stories that others brought to his paintings. Photojournalists always try to tell a story with their pictures. Artists, at least from Baily’s perspective, sometimes try to tell a story and other times just paint. 

Ponil Camp allows Scouts on trek at Philmont Scout Ranch to ride horses or pack burros to take their gear to the next campsite. This video shows a Scout that overcomes his fear of horses to successfully ride the trail. Along the way, a Philmont wrangler offers some helpful advice for when your horse answers the call of nature. I made this video entirely with an iPhone.

Silent is an animated short film created by Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios. It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

Katachi is a stop-motion video made with approx. 2000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using computer-controlled cutter.

Surgeon on a Mission describes the work of Operation Walk, a medical mission to give total hip and knee replacements and foot and ankle surgeries to people in Nicaragua and Guatemala. I made this video featuring Dr. Herbst for the United Methodist Church.

Steve Sweitzer, past president of the National Press Photographers Association, offers advice on developing a story.