Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the first-day images and planning, part of Shooting a Photo Essay: An Artist at Work.
- View Offline
After a long day of shooting, I usually come back to my hotel room or wherever it…is that I'm staying. And I've got piles of cards on which I…need to download or ingest into my computer and then sort through them.…with the Kevin story we had roughly 2000 or so images but I needed to get down to 100.…So what I do is usually tired after a long day of shooting instead of editing…everything, and opening it up in Photoshop.…I'll get it down to that Magic 100 and then get a good night's sleep.…Wake up the next morning, and have at it again.…So what I've got now is 100 images that I need to get down to about 20 or 30.…
So I can get an idea of what kind of images I need to make for the rest of the day.…And see what kind of holes need to be filled.…So now that I've got 100 images or actually resized, I've got 96 images that…I have a 1 star rating for. The way I like to do it is I like to give…one star for my preliminary edit. And then I'll do two stars for my…secondary edit and then I kind of go from there depending on how many more days of…
Paul, whose work has appeared in publications such the New York Times and National Geographic, shares insights into how he prepares for an assignment, how he engages his subject, and how he takes advantage of unpredictable and unforeseen situations. The course concludes with a look at how the final essay might be sequenced and distributed.