Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking a portrait in the observatory, part of Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story.
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…Since I've never actually seen this location…before I need my brother to take me…around on a tour just to understand the…space and where I can take different pictures.…I know I'm going to want to do a…portrait with my brother upstairs and I'm looking at…that opening area of the observatory and I think…that's going to be a great place to do it.…But I need to go up there, check out the light, see what it's going to be like and…really kind of experience this whole environment to see where…it is that I want to make the pictures today.…I wish we had one of these when we were kids.…>> We've all seen observatories on TV or in magazines.…
This observatory is a little bit different because…it's actually constructed out of an old grain silo.…I think that gives this space some…extra character that's going to make some good pictures.…This is awesome.…No matter what, we have to get this in the shot.…>> We do.…>> I mean, even if it's just the shape…or were shooting at it, I mean, it's pretty great.…So it is all motorized like?…
For a photographic storyteller, family members are great but challenging subjects, often more challenging than strangers to capture objectively. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart explores the unique challenges of documenting family as he shoots a photo essay about his brother, an amateur astronomer, avid ham radio operator, off-roading enthusiast, and dedicated father in rural Oklahoma.