Photojournalist Paul Taggart outlines the fundamentals of shooting a photo essay, from how to think about telling a story photographically to how to present your final photo story.
- Hi, my name is Paul Taggart. I'm a photographer and storyteller. I've worked for newspapers and magazines and most recently producing stories for film and television. But the thing that I'm most passionate about in photography is grouping single images together to tell photo stories or photo essays, documenting people and the lives that they're living. In this course, I'm gonna walk you through the steps needed so you can start producing your own photo stories, from the planning stages of making the first cold call to your subject, to the shoot, and then finally to the sequencing and editing and then producing the final presentation whether it be on the web, or self-publishing a book.
Throughout this course, I'm gonna show you a number of different photo essays that I've shot over the years. I'm also gonna show you some of the personal work that I've shot just in my own home, shots of my own kids that I've been sequencing together over the years to make a photo project. I've made a life out of telling stories with photographs. It's some of the most satisfying work I've ever done. I'm hoping I can pass some of that on to you, and by the end of this course, you'll have the skill set to go do it.
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