Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
Course Price: USD 169.00
Course Price With Skype Call: USD 189.00

Viewing the world as a documentary photographer or photojournalist means more than taking the occasional snapshot. It involves a deeper look to uncover the facts and then present them ib a creative and storytelling way. These six online lessons and their related assignments, designed and mentored by professional photojournalist David Bathgate, will equip you - hands on - with the skills to begin capturing your own stories that both engage and inform their audience.

Whether you travel the world with your camera, or simply explore your own home town or neighborhood, visual stories are everywhere. In this insightful and inspiring online and interactive photography course, you will learn to identify photo stories that have impact, investigate them at depth with your camera, and tightly edit the work into a visual narrative that compels the viewer to think deeper about the subject. Taking your story a step further, you'll learn to package your photography for presentation on websites, submission to media editors, or simply to show your family and friends.

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

  • Find story subjects that are interesting to a broad audience, and (optionally) marketable to print and online outlets
  • Shoot variety in the types of images needed to construct an engaging story narrative
  • Establish rapport and feel at ease photographing outside your comfort zone
  • Edit your work into a tight, flowing and powerful visual presentation
  • Caption and key word your work for accuracy and effective internet searches
  • Market your completed picture story

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 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 it
Lesson plan:
  • Stories with Interest and Impact / An Insider's View
  • Grammar of Visual Storytelling
  • Shooting in "Other Cultures" / Photographing in Personal Space
  • Editing the Take - Telling the Story
  • Captioning in the Digital Age
  • Finding an Audience
Enroll on this Course:
90 days


I must say I am deeply impressed by the quality of the course and the flexibility and help of David and of the entire Staff. Feedback is quick and _VERY_ helpful. I learned a lot on many aspects and small details from David. He is a fantastic tutor and teacher. I liked his style, always nice but still at the same time helpful and concrete. He pointed out errors and what I did well. I had to stop the courses for roughly 3 months since I was without a camera for a while, and the entire team was very nice and let me start again now that I am again able to shoot.

For anyone at all levels I strongly reccommend this course. Feedback is tailored to your level so you will learn much! Absolutley love the courses.

- By Umberto Michelucci

David Bathgate is first of all an excellent instructor for this course. And he knows exactly what he's talking about based on the experiences he's had. I found his advice and assistance throughout this course to give me a solid basis for researching and creating a photo story that both engages and moves the viewer. I'll now be able to take what I've learned from David and apply it effectively to future stories I choose to work on.  Thank you David!

- By Ingrid Toner

A survey of other online-interactive photojournalism courses led me to conclude that this was the best. I signed up and wasn't disappointed. Instructor David Bathgate has worked worldwide as a extensively published photojournalist, and I'd seen he'd taught workshops in foreign lands, as well. The course gave me a very comprehensive start in the genre and I had a great time applying what I'd been learning to my own photojournalism project, completed by course end. If you're interesting in in-depth visual storytelling, there is no better online course than this.

- By Ingrid Halvorsen

This is an excellent online course. Unfortunately, I had to stop mid-lessons due to a medical situation that took me out of commission for over a month. Good news is that the wonderful people at TCI allowed to come back when ready, to pick up just where I left off. I then finished the course with a documentary story about a homeless shelter, with which I was very proud. Great course, great people, excellent online school.

- By anonymous

An excellent hands-on introduction to visual storytelling via these two genres. You'll learn and apply the "mechanics" of just how a visual narrative is constructed and edited for greatest impact on the viewer. Besides this, David goes into presenting your work on the web, as well as packaging it for submission to publishers. An online course that is really value for money.

- By anonymous

No professional aspirations, at least not in the moment. Took this online-interactive course for enjoyment and to document my family, while our three children are growing up. I found the lessons and assignments really aligned with what I'm interested in. Great information, practical assignments, inspiration, and above all, David Bathgate was a fantastic inspiration. I'd strongly recommend this interactive course for anyone with a love for photography and telling stories in pictures.

- By anonymous