Course Description

Di Zinno Photography

Through lecture, class presentations, field trips, and assignments, students will be exposed to different techniques in the visual art of capturing a story, one frame at a time or multiple. This course will also explore the value of the visual storyteller in a variety of endeavors, whether in a nonprofit, editorial, commercial, or corporate setting. Technical aspects of this course would cover the use of first person POV* cameras, camera settings (including the use of smartphone camera settings), captioning, post editing and file cataloging.

*point of view (POV camera's include GoPro's and FPV's (first person views) like a drone!)

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the attributes of a visual story.
  • Understand the use of Photoshop and Lightroom best practices for file metadata and cataloging.
  • Demonstrate best practices to convert color image capture to b/w for use in storytelling.
  • Understand the marketplace for a visual storyteller.

Libero Antonio Di Zinno, Instructor

From Air Jordan to the Dalai Lama, global photographer Di Zinno’s assignments have covered six continents in over 58 countries worldwide. Di Zinno has worked with M2M curating a traveling photo exhibit called the Views of the Himalaya, benefiting a village in Nepal. Along with this effort, Di Zinno has worked on projects that center around the education of young journalist in Kabul (video, radio, and photo) with an emphasis on young women in roles previously prohibited by Taliban extremists.

As a respected guest lecturer at Brooks Institute for many years, Tony most recently taught both the Sports Photography and Visual Storytelling classes at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles as part of the teach-out program for Brooks students to complete their BFA program.



With fresh, exciting courses in photography, Brooks at UCSB seeks to stimulate, inspire, and energize students. Whether for school projects, business presentations, or just to express ideas in more creative and unique ways, these hands-on classes are taught by former faculty members of Brooks Institute of Photography, and special guest instructors. For more information, visit ernestbrooksfoundation.com.

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