Fall Workshop launches new website

By Emily Kulkus

January 29, 2014

Ninety students. Forty professional coaches. Thousands of photographs. Hundreds of hours of video footage.

And lots and lots of good, strong coffee.

That and so much more goes into the annual Fall Workshop at the Newhouse School. The fruits of the most recent Fall Workshop are now on display on a brand-new, student-designed website that promotes interactivity and showcases hundreds of images.

The Fall Workshop began in 1999 and is an annual multimedia marathon of learning and creativity fostered by the school’s Multimedia Photography and Design (MPD) department. Dozens of faculty, staff and professional coaches—including Newhouse alumni—work with students nearly nonstop throughout the weekend to hone their skills while capturing a slice of local life. The 2013 workshop had a family theme, with many subjects enduring a recent change: birth, death, relocation, says Jon Glass, of Newhouse, who was heavily involved in this year’s Fall Workshop and the new website’s development.

MPD senior Kelly Stevens designed the new website last semester with help from assistant professor Deborah Pang Davis and web developer and adjunct professor Jeff Passetti. MPD adjunct professor Claudia Strong also helped build the website and MPD department chair Bruce Strong is the director of the Fall Workshop. Visit the site for a complete list of faculty, staff and students involved.

Passetti says one of the developers’ main goals was to highlight as many photographers’ projects as possible.

“Every time you visit the site, the homepage should show you some projects that you may not have noticed the first time you visited,” Passetti says. “The design of the grid on the homepage allows the user to explore, discover or mine for new projects by scrolling and moving the screen in multiple directions.”

The responsive design of the site allows tablet and smartphone viewers to encounter a changing presentation of projects as well, Passetti says.

Sponsors of the Fall Workshop include: Nikon, Apple, American Society for Media Photographers, B&H Photo Video, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Momenta Workshops, NPPA's Northern Short Course, PadCaster, Syracuse University Bookstore and Think Tank.

“Among the dozens of stories produced, two were recognized with special honors from our sponsors: Megan McNally’s ‘Love, Mom,’ recognized by NPPA’s Northern Short Course, and Michelle Gabel’s ‘Without Esther’ recognized by Momenta Workshops,” Glass says. “Both were awarded scholarships to participate in the sponsors’ events in 2014.”

Follow the Fall Workshop on Twitter and Instagram at @thefallworkshop.