Shooting a Photo Essay in 60 Minutes

with Paul Taggart
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Shooting a Photo Essay in 60 Minutes
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Oftentimes when you're traveling, you stumble upon a gem of a place or a person who deserves to have a story told. But you can't spend a week or even a day shooting them. You're on the road. You've got an hour to take shots that convey something of the story, and then it's back behind the wheel. Or back on to the cruise ship. Or back to your family.

In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart rises to the challenge and shoots a photo essay in only an hour. Shooting under time pressure is a common challenge for a photojournalist, and Paul describes the kinds of planning and shooting that gets results. Learn what kinds of shots you'll need for any type of photo essay, and learn how to engage and interact with subjects who you just met and might never see again.


Introducing the 60-minute photo essay

(upbeat music) - Hi, my name's Paul Taggart, and I'm a photographer. I'm here in Seattle, because I wanted to do a photo essay on some topic. I wasn't sure when I arrived in town what that topic was gonna be, but the point of this course was to teach you guys a skill that I find incredibly useful as a photo journalist for newspapers and magazines. That skill is shooting a photo essay very quickly. So, I went out on the streets of Seattle looking for a project that would fit this.

I found a pie shop. This pie shop was owned by this very cool guy named Tony. Thanks for letting me come take pictures of your cool spot here. - You bet. - [Paul] When I first arrived in Tony's shop, I'd never seen the inside of his bakery. I'd never actually met Tony. So, I knew, once I arrived there, I had to sort of take a look at the whole space, and very quickly make an agenda of what kind of photographs I needed, and where in the location I needed to do those. I knew I needed establishing shots, wide shots, detail shots, process shots, because we are baking a pie.

I also wanted to do a couple formal portraits. All these are things that are going through my head when I first walk through that door of a new assignment. - That's my horrible look. - [Paul] Right. (both laugh) Join me while I document Tony's pie shop. From meeting Tony for the first time, to seeing his location, and then documenting everything in a very short amount of time, and then editing the entire project all in the course of a day.

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