Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning the shots for you photo essay, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- Now that you've made contact with your subject,…it's time to start scheduling and planning your shoot.…What I mean by that is, having a conversation…with your subject about their schedule,…when you can come photograph them,…what locations you're gonna be photographing them at,…and then also, you as a photographer have a schedule.…When you're looking at your shoot day,…there's gonna be times of the day you're gonna want to shoot…depending on your subject's activities,…and times that you won't want to be shooting.…A couple months ago,…I went and photographed a circus in California,…and understanding my subject's schedules was key.…
There were a dozen of so different subjects…at the circus I have to photograph.…Each one of them had their own individual schedules…and plans for their day,…and I had to find out a way where I can incorporate my…photography shoot into their schedule.…The last thing you ever want to do with your subjects…is have them sitting around waiting on you.…That's gonna put a strain on the relationship,…
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