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​​Lights, Camera, Pathogens!

Part 1: Photography
Broadcast Date: March 17th, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central​

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​Part 2: Videography
Broadcast Date: March 24th, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central

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​​​​Webinar Summary

​Photography and videography are incredible tools for communicating the exciting world of plant pathology to the public and to stakeholders.  In this webinar series, we will explore several key components that make or break photos and videos.  We will also discuss techniques that will help you use these components to create more beautiful visuals that effectively communicate scientific research and extension to your audience.  By the end of this series, you will be equipped to improve your photography and videography using any camera—or cell phone—you have in hand.​

Why is This Important?

​The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of visual communication.  When it is impossible to meet in person, photos and videos are critical tools for research, teaching, and extension.  However, photography and videography are not required skills for a plant pathologist, and jargon and gear choices can be overwhelmingly complex.  This webinar seeks to help bridge the gap between science and art, empowering scientists to create visuals that more effectively communicate their message​.

Join us as we Learn:

  • You do not need expensive equipment to take a beautiful and effective photograph or video.
  • The key to photography/videography is to know what makes a photo or video “good" so you can replicate it consistently.


About the Presenter:

Madeline Dowling is a postdoctoral scientist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University.  She is also a freelance artist who combines her love for art and plant pathology to create scientific illustrations, photographs, and a​nimations explaining complex scientific concepts to a general audience. She has received grants, fellowships, and awards for this work, including a USDA NIFA postdoctoral grant, a grant from the Southern IPM Center and the R.J. Tarleton Fellowship from APS.  She was also named one of the Schroth “Faces of the Future" by APS in 2019.  She aspires to be like one of her favorite plant pathologists, George Washington Carver, with whom she shares faith in God, love for art, and passion for extension. Like Carver, she hopes to encourage growers to further utilize scientific concepts in the field, resulting in application of more effective management practices in the future.​