Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the various types of photo essays, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- There's a number of different types…of photo stories you can do.…I just wanna lay out some of those different types.…And by putting them in categories,…I don't want you to think that…these are the only types that you can do.…Rather, I wanna give you some ideas…of different types of photo projects that you can work on,…or some different types of photo stories.…The most common photo stories that I do…or I get assignments for are things…documenting people or events,…and I've got a couple examples…of these I'd like to show you.…First off, I wanna show you what…I would consider a photo story about an event,…and this, I went to Japan,…I can't remember how many years ago now.…
A number of years ago, I went to Japan…to document the aftermath of a tsunami,…and I was there for about a month, month and a half.…And this is really a project that is not character-driven.…There's people in these photographs,…like in this initial image, we've got…a group of soldiers carrying a body out…from an area where the boats have…actually been pushed all the way up…
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