Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Making your subjects comfortable, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- I just want to make a quick note…about photographing strangers.…For those of you that have picked a subject matter…that's outside your comfort zone,…photographing strangers is very different…from photographing your family.…When photographing your family,…you know how they're gonna react,…they already trust you.…But for your subjects that are strangers,…you're putting them in a very vulnerable position…and the only way to make them feel comfortable…is by being honest with them.…And by being honest with them from the very first time…that you talk to them about what your project is…and what you need from them,…that's gonna build that relationship based on trust.…
And I guarantee you that's gonna show in the photos.…
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