Before you tell a story you have to find the story

[Nikon D5, 85mm ƒ/1.8, ISO 4500, ƒ/4, 1/100]
This is Amar and his father is the Imam in a Mosque we visited in the Balkans. This is all part of our Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Workshop that I am helping lead in the Balkans, which is part of Eastern Europe.

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 400, ƒ/8, 1/240]
This is our Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Workshop of 12 participants, 4 instructors and one administrative staff person.

We are finding stories where global workers are helping through education the people of the Balkans.

Hopefully this time next week I can show you some of the finished projects.

[Fuji X-E2, 55-200mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/5, 1/80]
Each day we have a couple hours of class time teaching some of the basics that the students need to do before they go out that day.

Pat Davison who is one of the instructors is talking to the workshop participants about how to conduct a pre-interview where you find the storyline that later will help you with the questions that will make up the video interview.

[Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 800, ƒ/5, 1/100]
This is James Dockery, who is one of the other instructors in our Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Workshop that we are doing in the Balkans. James was photographing the kids and I was off to the side and pulled my camera up and they all quickly posed.

No matter where we go we have our cameras and are learning about the culture. Children quickly run to be in the photos here and let us get to know them.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 1250, ƒ/1.4, 1/100]
We walked to the square in the town at night and everyone is out socializing and drinking their macchiatos.

[Nikon D5, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 100, ƒ/1.4, 1/400]
This is the Macchiato I was drinking at an Italian restaurant in the Balkans. A Caffé Macchiato or Espresso Macchiato is a shot or two of espresso, with just a small amount of steamed milk that “marks” the espresso, though in some regions, the steamed milk comes first and the espresso makes the mark.

This is a photo from our workshop in Togo, West Africa last year. This is what I will demonstrate this morning for the class. I will be showing them how to conduct an interview where they have a subject and a translator.

The very first night we were in the Balkans we sat down and explained how the next day they were to spend time getting to know their subject. At the end of the day they were to come up with a list of questions that will help tell their subjects story.

Today they are going to conduct those formal interviews which will be the storyline for the multimedia package.

Stay tuned for more experiences from the Storytellers Abroad Workshop in the Balkans this week and even next week.