- Most of my photo stories were produced in one of two ways.…They were either produced because it was something…that I cared about and I wanted to do as a personal project…or they were produced because I was on assignment…for a magazine or a newspaper.…And right now, I just want to talk a little bit about…doing photo stories for work,…meaning that they are for a client,…whether it's a web based publication…or a print publication.…And the first thing that's really different…between shooting for a client as opposed to…just doing your personal project is…the client or the editor is really gonna…put some restrictions on your photo story,…which doesn't necessarily need to be a negative thing.…
Sometimes having those restrictions…lets you be creative within the walls that they've put up…around you.…The most obvious restrictions you're gonna have…is the quantity of photographs that they're gonna need…for their final product.…If it's going into a newspaper print edition,…you know they don't have a lot of space…so may only be two or three pictures if you're lucky.…
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