Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
Course Price: $179.00 U.S.

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 in an insightful, creative and storytelling way that both engages and informs the viewer.  These online photography lessons and their assignments are designed by professional photojournalist, David Bathgate, to give you what you need - hands-on - to get started as a documentary photographer and photojournalist.  

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

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

  • Find story subjects that are both interesting and - if you choose, marketable to print and online platforms
  • Shoot variety in the types of images needed to construct a strong story line
  • Establish rapport and feel at ease photographing outside your comfort zone
  • Edit your work into a tight, flowing and powerful picture narrative
  • Caption and key word your work for accuracy and effective search characteristics
  • Research and 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. Photoshop)
  • A light but study tripod would be beneficial
  • An unyielding curiosity about the world around you
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