Over the years I've taught numerous courses and workshops on photography and filmmaking at colleges, schools, and photography centers.  I've also mentored young creatives as they rise through their careers.  Passing on my knowledge of visual storytelling is one of the greatest joys of my work.

Currently, I am teaching courses in documentary storytelling at Social Documentary Network, and at my studio in the McGuffey Arts Center in Charlottesville, VA. 

Social Documentary Network:  https://socialdocumentary.net/

McGuffey Arts Center:  https://www.mcguffeyartcenter.com/

 

I also take on a small handful of creatives each year who are looking to grow and would like one-on-one mentorship.  Please feel free to contact me if you are interested:  michaelosnyder@gmail.com

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"I can’t thank you enough for sharing all your experiences and insights during our class.  Before I started the class, it was tough for me to imagine that I could actually make a “film” but you definitely provided valuable tools to hopefully start building a foundation in filmmaking. You were able to take very deep topics and distill them down to digestible pieces!"

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"He's an excellent instructor providing a progressive course of material, clear examples, and astute feedback"

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"The organized (almost academic) way Michael organized the material. I would not be exaggerating if I say I got exactly what I was searching for. I've been seeking a step by step approach to photo documentary/journalism; and MS was able to present the material in an easy to understand way. He gave enough structure while still allowing for creativity. I"ve taken alot of "photo workshop" some from famous photographers (including Magnum). Although I learned something from each, I didn't have many take-a-aways or skills to apply to my own projects. Michael gave us tools that we can use."

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"Michael is an excellent instructor- always prepared and attentive to the participants. He is well studied and knows how to relate his knowledge and experience to the needs of the participants- what we were looking to get out of the class from week to week."

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"Michael clearly knows how to teach. I say this as someone who in my main job is a professional educator. I have spent 20 years at this point in the classroom and you can quickly tell if someone knows how to frame material for others to learn from and how to navigate a discussion. Honestly I have taken numerous classes and workshops and Michael is easily one of the best I have had. Making good photographs is one thing, teaching is an entirely separate skill."

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"Michael was a first class educator & human being & his content was exactly and more than what I'd hoped for."

- Student, Social Documentary Network

"His experience and expertise is clear and his generosity as an educator, sharing all that he could was amazing. Also he is incredibly personable and approachable which really encourages people to take part. I highly rate the experience of learning from Michael and would recommend anyone consider courses he does in the future, and would certainly signup myself!"

- Student, Social Documentary Network