Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Executing the shoot for a photo story, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- Now that you've planned and scheduled your photo story,…it's time to go out on location and begin shooting.…It's essential to get a variety of different…kinds of images in order to keep your photo story dynamic.…I recommend you get detail shots, establishing shots,…action shots, portraits, and even some quiet moments…to really make it a full story,…something that's interesting.…What I'd like to do is show you one project…that I did, one sort of small story…on a Chinese restaurant in New York.…And just a quick note, this is kind of…an interesting project because, um,…it was just an assignment for a newspaper…and all they really needed was one image.…
But I recommend to all of you guys,…even if you're just going out to take one photograph,…shoot all your assignments as if they're…going to be a story.…You're gonna to get a lot more photographs,…and the types of photographs you're gonna get…are gonna be more interesting.…And so I'd like you to take notice…while we're looking at this work,…is that I'm trying to use all the different tools…
Most people think of news media when they think of photo essays. It's true that photo essays are one of the cores of photojournalism, but they're relevant in a lot of other ways, too—to document your family, the place where you live or work, or the business that your company conducts. The key is to think of a series of photos that work together to communicate your message.
In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart outlines the fundamentals of shooting a photo essay, from thinking about your story photographically to presenting your final photo story.
- What is a photo essay?
- Shooting different types of photo essays
- Picking and researching a subject
- Planning and taking the shots
- Editing and sequencing images