Crafting Visual Narratives: A Photo Essay Photography Course

Course Brief :

Photo essays are a combination of art and journalism. They're creative ! And guess what, you don't have to be a professional photographer to capture engaging ones of life and events around you. Photo essays can showcase any subject, from nature, to portraiture, to wedding shots, family outings, and vacations. So, whether you’re a keen amateur photographer, or an aspiring professional, a well-crafted photo essay is a brilliant way to present a story or in narrative visual form. But that's not all, producing photo essays is a great way to learn and apply new skills as a photographer, and to bring new enthusiasm to the art of how YOU make pictures.

In this online and interactive 4-lesson / 4-assignment course you'll be mentored by award-winning professional photographer David Bathgate. David will guide you through the entire process of creating your own photo essay narrative. You'll learn just which type of shots to take, how to tweekl them to perfection, and how to sequence them into a visual narrative that speaks of style, content, and impact. David will be there every step of the way - to answer your questions, critique your work, and offer constructive advice for your success.


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

  • Select subjects and situations of visual interest.
  • Plan and create powerful visual narratives, from start to finish.
  • Make contacts and establish rapport to gain access and get the story coverage you want.
  • Effectively edit your work to build powerful photo essays.
  • Accurately caption your images for a polished "finishing touch."

What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or compact mirrorless camera (film is also fine, but you'll need to scan images for upload to the TCI website).
  • Selection of lenses (if available), ranging from wide-angle to medium telephoto. That said, an entire photo essay can be done with just one lens - the "standard" 50mm.
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop).
  • A lightweight, study tripod or monopod will be beneficial.
  • Self motivation / self discipline to get the most from this instructor-interactive course.

Reviews :

I focused on my own family for this Photo Essay course. The instructor, David Bathgate, was a real inspiration, throughout. Each assignment challenged me to go beyond what I originally believed I could do with a camera. And whenever I had a question - or felt "stuck," David was immediately there to bring me through. Now I feel I have the skills and confidence to venture beyond my "home turf" to build visual narratives elsewhere around me. As for this online course as a whole, I loved that it was interactive with feedback from the instructor. Highly recommended.

By Vilma Johnston

Great course ! Content, and especially the timely feedback, were real positives. David Bathgate was a very engaged instructor. I felt well "looked after" as a student, throughout the course. Highest recommendation !

By Ashley Ogrodowski

One of the best online photography course I've taken. Constructive feedback from the instructor made the difference. It was very much like having my own private mentor. Thanks David and TCI ! I will definitely come back for more courses like this.

By Bernard Seow

I really learned a lot from this course with professional photographer David Bathgate. Not only is he a talented picture-maker, he's an excellent instructor - inspiring and confidence-building. And although I ran short on time to submit my final lesson assignment, TCI was nice enough to give me an extension - free of charge ! All highly recommended !!

By Devin Carter
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Category : Advance , Intermediate
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