Classes & Workshops

I've been teaching people how to take photos since I was a student myself at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Over the past 30 years, I’ve taught thousands of students in workshops, trade shows, colleges, corporate trainings, and through one-to-one meetings.

Photojournlist Marcus Donner
Brúárfoss waterfall in Iceland

Pre-Vacation Photo Planning Session — Getting ready for your big trip and want to know how to get the perfect shot while on vacation? Whether it’s capturing waterfalls in Iceland, street life in Rome, or sunsets in Hawaii, I can help you take the best vacation photos possible. I offer 1-hour sessions at coffee shops in Seattle or via Skype. Fee: $100 per hour.

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Photo Mentoring Session — Want to learn how to take great photos? Want to take your photography skills to the next level? Do your learn better in a one-on-one setting? I can help. I offer photo mentoring in 1-hour sessions at coffee shops in Seattle or via Skype. Fee: $100 per hour.

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Photography Workshops and Lectures — I love teaching photography and visual storytelling, and have presented across the country at colleges, camera stores, trade shows, and corporate events. I’ve also taught thousands of people the basic strategies of shooting better photos, and how to make photo compositions better by using the same tools professional photographers use every day. My workshops and lectures can be geared to any photographic and visual storytelling topic, and to any audience, including youth, college students, camera sales staff, amateur photographers, or professional photographers.

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Consulting— I have more than 10 years of experience in photo management. I was the Director of Photography at a daily newspaper where I managed an eight-person staff, and also engineered the transition from film to digital darkrooms. I also was a Venue Photo Manager at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and was responsible for the smooth operation of all photo areas and services at the Richmond Olympic Oval and the Olympic Caldron lighting by Wayne Gretzky during the Opening Ceremonies.

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What My Students & Clients Say:

“In simple, easy steps, Marcus Donner taught our class of professional journalists how to snap crisp, colorful images to enhance our stories. Some writers barely knew how to operate their digital cameras, but by the time we left his class, we felt like pros.”

— Candace Dempsey, Food and Travel Journalist and Writing Instructor

“As broadcast journalists, we’re being asked more and more to take photographs for the web. Marcus’ workshop walked us through the basic principles of photography, as well as what we needed to keep in mind when shooting for the web. Not a minute of the workshop was wasted, and we walked out inspired and ready to go! Since his course, we have been taking better photos and all of us have enjoyed it more too. I highly recommend it!”

— Erin Hennessey, News Director, KNKX Public Radio, Seattle/Tacoma

“Your two-hour Basics of Photography workshop was just what I needed. For me, the workshop was interesting and straightforward — and, most important, useful.”

— Randy Beam, University of Washington Journalism Professor

“I had no idea walking into Marcus Donner’s workshop just how valuable it would be. I’ve been around journalism and photographers for years, but I came away from the workshop with a whole new grip on what really matters in photojournalism. I learned just about as much there as I did in a whole semester in a photojournalism class back in college.”

— Robert McClure, Reporter, Seattle Post–Intelligencer