Photographing with Intention

A Weekend Masterclass with Lynn Johnson & Elizabeth Krist

Lynn Johnson & Elizabeth Krist


OCTOBER 1st-4th, 2020

  • Image / Lynn Johnson

  • Image / Lynn Johnson

  • Image / Lynn Johnson

  • Image / Lynn Johnson

Only 1 spot remains – To be added to the wait-list, please send an email to

Join the Leica Akademie USA for a very special Masterclass Weekend online with internationally recognized, award-winning National Geographic contributing photographer, Lynn Johnson and acclaimed photo editor Elizabeth Krist.


Whether an amateur, professional, or enthusiast, we share one important quality of photography, we are alone as we peer through the viewfinder. We frame and choose the instant alone, elevating a moment as the “best,” then offer it to a client, friend, or loved one and hope for a glimmer of understanding.

This workshop provides the rare opportunity for a small group of students to come together with internationally recognized, award-winning National Geographic contributing photographer Lynn Johnson to explore the creative process of photography.

Emphasis will be placed on the concept of “working with intention” with a focus on critical skills of photographic image making, sensitivity to light,  design of the frame, and the power of the emotional moment. Most importantly, we will discuss how to get “unstuck” creatively so you can advance your personal style and build visually driven projects.


  • Exercises to help develop your creative eye
  • Breaking down the elements of storytelling
  • Discovering lyrical moments in our everyday
  • Advancing a passion project

Using Lynn’s and Elizabeth’s creative path in photography as a point of inspiration, the class will discover the keys to creating successful visual stories, as well as insight into the process used by National Geographic to evaluate, edit, and develop projects.

Combining lecture, hands-on creative assignments and group critique, the mission of this class is to build a community of photographers who are curious, collaborative and passionate. This 4-day workshop is designed to serve anyone who considers photography part of their life.


THURSDAY: (11:00am – 2:00pm ET)
Lecture, Student Introductions, Assignments, Optional Portfolio Reviews.

FRIDAY: (11:00am-2:00PM ET)                                                        
Lecture, Assignments

SATURDAY: (11:00am–2:00pm ET)
Lecture & review second assignment.

SUNDAY: (11:00am–5:00pm ET)              
Day of Editing, Lunch break, Final Review, Closing Discussions.


Designed with intermediate to advanced photographers in mind, this weekend will focus on the creative process and photographic techniques that can reveal new ways of seeing and approaching projects. 

Photographers with an interest in connecting with strangers, and in approaches to being both engaged and observational from behind the lens, are encouraged to register.  

This class will not cover basics, such as operation and settings of the camera.

Owning a Leica is not required. A limited selection of cameras will be available for loan, by request. Leica will ship a camera kit to you for use throughout the weekend.
(Offer limited to US based students only.)


Enrollment is strictly limited to 10 participants.

We are offering one person a scholarship for the workshop. Interested? Please write to us at and send a link with up to 20 images or your website along with a short bio about yourself. Include a short essay on why you think taking part in this program will help your creative vision. Deadline to apply September 14th, 2020.

Currently enrolled college students and active military personal qualify for a discount. Please contact us directly for more information.



Lynn Johnson

A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the power of cannabis. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth around the world find their creative voices. At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, she is developing a mentoring program that challenges master’s students to push past their comfort levels in pursuit of their own truth, frame by frame.

Johnson’s client list includes:

National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Photo Camps, Ripple Effect Images, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Geo Magazine, Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine, and more.

Elizabeth Krist

A National Geographic photo editor for over 20 years, Elizabeth Krist is a founding member of the Visual Thinking Collective. She helps program National Geographic’s Photography Seminar, advises the Eddie Adams Workshop, coordinates Women Focus portfolio reviews, and is on the board of Women Photograph. She curated the Women of Vision exhibition and book. Krist teaches for ICP, Syracuse University, La Luz, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops. Honors include awards from POYi, Overseas Press Club, and Communication Arts. She has reviewed for the New York Times, PhotoPlus, and the Eddie Adams Workshop, and has judged for The Fence, POYi, Getty Instagram, Best of Photojournalism, and the RFK Journalism Awards. 

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