Workshops and Presentations

I have given scores of workshops and lectures during my career. Currently, I offer three workshops for community newspaper reporters, photographers and editors. I can also create a custom workshop or presentation on request. Please contact me by email at for more information. 

“Picture Thinking: A Visual Approach to Routine Assignments” 

This 90-minute workshop introduces reporters and editors to “Picture Thinking” and will help them make better and more story-telling pictures of routine community news events. Participants will learn how to pose subjects and how to find interesting locations and angles. Participants will also learn some basic Photoshop techniques to help them deliver consistent quality pictures.

 “Photojournalism: Pushing Past the Routine”

This 90-minute workshop introduces participants to ten photographic techniques that help give their pictures visual impact on the printed page and the web. Participants will learn about light and flash and how to make better pictures in challenging lighting conditions.

 “Smarten Up Your Smart Phone Photography” 

This lively, 20-minute presentation will help anyone who uses a smart phone to take better pictures. Participants will learn how to overcome some of the inherent limitations of cell phone cameras with techniques and apps designed to make quality pictures for publication.

Workshop attendees share their impressions from Twitter:

Kris Hodgson @kriskross @grantb60 thanks for leading some great sessions at the @AlbertaWeeklies symposium. The students thoroughly enjoyed your talk.


Wainwright Star News @ww_starnews @tmiller19@AlbertaWeeklies Grant Black had some great #photography tips and tricks. Excited to try them out. #awnasymposium


Amanda Siebert @amanda_siebert Storytelling through images with @grantb60 at the #awnasymposium#yyc


mary did it @maryinjune One of my favourite bits of this weekend's #AWNASymposium was sitting in on @grantb60's sessions. Such a talented photographer!!


George A Brown @georgeorgeorgeB Readers appreciate it when newspapers have fun in presenting news and photos.  @grantb60#AWNASymposium