Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a photo essay?, part of Learning Photojournalism and Photo Essays.
- A photo story or a photo essay…is really just a collection of images…that tell a story and propel a narrative…over multiple images.…That could be either a diptych or a triptych,…like in an art exhibit at a gallery.…It's really just more than one image…that we can learning something…through the characters that are there.…That could be a book project, a long-term project,…a short-term project,…and it can be something that you're doing for work…or a personal project.…For work it might be for a newspaper or a magazine…or an online gallery.…
A personal project it could be the story,…for instance I've got a daughter in Girl Scouts,…of her selling cookies.…It could be something as simple as that…as long as it's telling a story.…For work, I've done photo essays for years.…One of these work photo essays that I've done…was with National Geographic Adventure magazine…down in Antarctica.…And it was a project that I did…with an organization called the Sea Shepherd.…They were down in Antarctica…combating what they considered an illegal whaling vessel…
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