- The most important decision you're going to make…when starting a photo project is actually deciding…what the subject matter of your photo story is.…If it's a work assignment,…it will be up to the editor or client.…So I'm going to speak more about for a personal project.…If you're going to do a personal photo essay…or a photo story, the first thing…you're going to have to do is decide…what is it you're going to take a picture of.…Where are you going to stand…when you hit the shutter button?…And sometimes if you've never done this before,…that might be the most intimidating part.…What I recommend is starting close to home.…Pick a subject matter you already have access to.…
And it can be as simple as…following your pet around for a day,…or photographing one of your children's activities,…or maybe what your neighbor's doing.…You could also, if you want to be a little bit broader,…and if you feel comfortable…getting out of your comfort zone,…you can do a bigger project.…You could pick a cause.…You could do a photo story on a social issue,…
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