Documentary Photography & Photojournalism

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David Bathgate
Category : Advance

Course Brief :

The main factor that distinguishes documentary photography from photojournalism is - time. Photojournalists work for the moment - capturing events in the moment, and portraying them factually to encapulate what has happened in one or several powerful images. Where news moves quickly in these digital times, accuracy and speed are the winners in the race to publication.

Documentary photography takes a different turn. While facts are still of paramount importance, time takes a backseat. Documentary stories can range over day, weeks, even sometimnes years. The goal here is to dive beneath the proverbial "tip of the iceberg," to tell the story in deeper, more comprehensive visual detail, and often with artistic vision.

In this six-lesson, six-assignment online and interactive course we'll explore and practice both genres. From capturing in a photo the joy of your child at play, the passion of a public speaker the podium, to an exploration of a subject or situation of personal interest, you'll work with professional professional documentary photographer and photojournalist, David Bathgate, in an interactive way, throughout the course.

Whether you travel the world with your camera, or simply explore your own hometown, neighborhood, or family life at home, photojournalistic moments and documentary stories are everywhere. In this insightful, inspiring, and interactive online course we will cover and practice it all.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Capture and communicate the the essence of an activity or event in a single photojournalistic image.
  • Find story subjects that are interesting, and (optionally) marketable to print and online outlets
  • Establish rapport and feel at ease photographing outside your comfort zone
  • Shoot variety in the types of images needed to construct an engaging story narrative
  • Add an artistic touch to the documentary images you capture
  • Edit your documentary work into a tight, flowing and powerfully interesting visual presentation
  • Accurately caption and keyword your work for search effectiveness at home and beyond
  • (Optionally) display, or even market your work, to a broader audience

 

What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or compact mirrorless camera (film is also fine, but you'll be required to scan images for upload to the TCI website)
  • Preferably a selection of lenses ranging from wide-angle to telephoto
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop)
  • A light but study tripod would be beneficial
  • An unyielding curiosity about the world around you and willingness to venture into
  • Self-motivation and discipline to get the most from this instructor-interactive, e-learning course

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