Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Telling a story is not about the gear, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- Before we get into the fundamentals…of planning and executing a photo story,…I just want to make a quick note about camera gear.…As photographers we all love the coolest, newest camera.…There's amazing technology out right now,…especially dealing with low light.…There's cameras that can photograph in low light…that 10 years ago didn't even exist.…It's an amazing time to be a photographer.…That said, photographers have a tendency…to get stuck up on their camera gear…and let it almost get in the way…of actually getting out of the house…and taking the pictures.…
Some of the best photo stories being told right now…are being told on camera phones.…People are using their iPhones to document their families.…There's also professional photographers…that are using iPhones…to do important quality photo stories,…so I'm just urging you guys out there…to not get hung up on the camera equipment,…but instead focus that energy on determining…what stories matter to you…and what stories matter to the world,…and use that energy to find those stories…
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