Photojournalism Course Outline
- Unit 1
- Unit 2
- Unit 3
- Unit 4
Unit 1 Introduction to Photojournalism
Lesson 1.1 The Basics of Taking Good Photographs
In Lesson 1.1: The Basics of Taking Good Photographs, we will begin by sharing a layout of the course design with you to prepare you for what we’ll go over in the coming lessons. We will then move on to a brief review of basic compositional techniques such as subject placement and the rule of thirds to prepare you for the coming lessons in which they’ll be applied.
Lesson 1.2 Photography Genes
In Lesson 1.2: Photography Genes, we’ll take what you’ve learned and apply it to some of the most common types of photography you’ll encounter, including portraiture, travel photography, photojournalism and wedding photographs. The skills and lessons you’ll learn will be helpful regardless of whether you’d like to keep your photos for yourself or eventually plan to sell them.
Lesson 1.3 A Brief History of Photojournalism
In Lesson 1.3: From Pinholes to Pixels- A Brief History of Photojournalism, we’ll look back in time as we review the long practiced art of storytelling with pictures and words. From an analysis of Civil War photography to a look at Life magazine, this lesson will provide you with a deeper understanding of the industry as a whole.
Lesson 1.4 Anatomy of a Story
In Lesson 1.4: Anatomy of a Story- Compelling Components, we’ll start by helping you establish your overall purpose as an artist. From there, we’ll help you to apply details, objectivity and journalistic transparency as you learn to send a message with images and words.
Lesson 1.5 “In the Bag”
In Lesson 1.5: “In the Bag,” we will talk about the equipment that some of our expert photojournalists use to do their jobs. Getting started, we’ll learn that a few pieces of basic gear are all you need to begin working. Some photojournalists specialize in specific types of photography that require more advanced equipment that we’ll also discuss in this lesson.
Unit 2 Photojournalism Basics
Lesson 2.1 Exploring Photojournalism
In Lesson 2.1: Exploring Photojournalism, we’re going to give you an overview of various sub-genres of photojournalism and get some insight from several of our experts on how they got started in the field.
Lesson 2.2 What It Takes to Become a Photojournalist
In Lesson 2.2: From the Trenches- What It Takes to Become a Photojournalist, we learn that in order to become successful in this industry you must possess a desire to know what is happening in the world around you. From there, we’ll discuss the various ways in which you can channel this desire creatively as you delve into a more structured process of investigating and storytelling.
Lesson 2.3 Features
In Lesson 2.3: Features, we start by examining the way in which photojournalists approach breaking news stories such as unexpected tragedies. We learn the most effective and practical methods of recording these moments artistically with thoughtful planning and effective, comprehensive execution.
Lesson 2.4 Street Photography
In Lesson 2.4: Street Photography, we talk about the more recently growing art of Street Photography. From interacting with strangers to working within a crowd, this unit will prepare you to hit the sidewalks of your city to capture the daily life of those around you in a thoughtful, expressive way.
Lesson 2.5 Pro Close-Up- Robert Spencer
In Lesson 2.5: Pro Close-Up- Robert Spencer, we get a slice of life from our photojournalist expert, Robert Spencer, learning in an in-depth way what it’s like to do this job. He’ll bring us into his creative world and show us what a day in his life is really like.
Unit 3 Advanced Photojournalism Techniques
Lesson 3.1 Conflict Photography
In Lesson 3.1: Conflict Photography, we will be diving into the complicated art of capturing conflict on camera in an objective, accurate way. Reviewing photojournalistic examples of coverage from a variety of historical conflicts, we’ll discuss the best practices of the industry when it comes to this sensitive form of artistic coverage.
Lesson 3.2 Extreme Weather Photography
In Lesson 3.2: Extreme Weather Photography, we discuss the exciting yet challenging art of capturing severe weather conditions with your camera. From chasing storms to following Supercells, we’ll talk about the safest, most effective ways to practice this art while capturing the best shots using the most practical gear.
Lesson 3.3 Wildlife and Underwater Photography
In Lesson 3.3: Wildlife and Underwater Photography, we head outdoors to get a feel for the art of composing wildlife compositions. From extreme contact action to underwater gear analysis, this lesson will give you a comprehensive look at what it’s like to capture the elements on film.
Lesson 3.4 Sports Photography
In Lesson 3.4: Sports Photography, we’ll dive into the technicalities of shooting sporting events. From action packed boxing matches to slower-speed baseball games, we’ll work through the basics of shooting a variety of sporting events so that by the time the lesson is through you’ll be well-equipped and ready to shoot whatever event most interests you.
Lesson 3.5 Pro Close-Up-Jim Edds
In Lesson 3.5: Pro Close-Up-Jim Edds, we get a slice of life from our photojournalist expert, Jim Edds, learning in an in-depth way what it’s like to do this job. He’ll bring us into his creative world and show us what a day in his life is really like.
Unit 4 Professional Photojournalism
Lesson 4.1 Know Your Worth
In Lesson 4.1: Know Your Worth, we’ll talk about the many different individuals who contribute to the photojournalistic workflow process. From there, we’ll describe how your role fits in amongst the others and how you should manage your tasks accordingly and be compensated fairly for them.
Lesson 4.2 Photographers’ Rights, Copyright and Ethics
In Lesson 4.2: Know Your Rights- Photographers’ Rights, Copyright and Ethics, we’ll talk about the right and wrong ways to practice this art. From shooting strangers in a public place to carrying camera gear in airports, we’ll make sure you’re familiar with the correct, legal ways in which you’re able to take pictures in different parts of the world.
Lesson 4.3 Marketing
In Lesson 4.3: Don’t Sell Yourself Short- Marketing, we’ll talk about the most effective ways to get the word out about the work you’re doing. Although word of mouth can be effective, there are many supplementary ways we’ll explore in an effort to verse you in the art of professional self-promotion and brand development.
Lesson 4.4 Case Study: AP Photo Library
In Lesson 4.4: Case Study: AP Photo Library, we learn about photojournalist Kevin Kushel’s experiences in the industry as we gain some uniquely insightful insight on what it’s actually like to work in such an ever-changing artistic field.
Lesson 4.5 Photo Essay
In Lesson 4.5: Putting It All Together- Photo Essay, you will develop a concept, characters, a narrative and a takeaway message. From there you will execute this story by way of showing rather than telling.