Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting a personal photo essay, part of Photojournalism and Photo Essay Fundamentals.
- Some of the most satisfying photo stories I've done…are personal projects.…And by that, I mean there's no assignment editor…giving me a call and saying,…"Hey Paul, travel to this country and do a photo story."…They're things that are personal to me,…and sometimes are my personal life.…It's my family, it's my friends,…or it's a project that I'm just passionate about…and I wanna go do.…And what I'd like to do is show you a little bit of the work…that I've done that are personal projects…that I've essentially self-assigned myself to go do.…One of the first ones is a photo essay…that I did about my brother who lives in Oklahoma.…
I live on the east coast,…so I don't get to see him that often,…and so, sort of self-assigning a project like this…also gave me an excuse…to go hang out with my brother for a while.…I love using my camera and photography…to make me go do things…that I don't always give myself the time to do,…whether it's, you know,…going to Congo to photograph gorillas…'cause it's something I care about,…
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