Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Researching a subject for your photo story, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- Now that you've picked your subject matter,…it's time to start researching it.…If you're photographing something close to home…like your family, you clearly don't need to do…a lot of research on your subjects themselves.…They're you're family.…But what you can do, and I recommend that you do,…is you go look at what other photographers…have done on the topic.…For instance, tons of photographers have done…incredible photo books about their own families.…You should go to the library, check that out,…and find out the way that they've addressed…the idea of photographing their family…as well as the style in which they've done it.…
You may find out that it will inspire you…to do your project a little bit different.…For those of you that are gonna go…outside of the home and photograph something…a little bit less familiar to you,…photograph some actual strangers…for your subject matter,…then I recommend that you become a complete expert…on whatever that subject matter is.…There's lots of ways of doing that,…and the most obvious is just going online,…
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