Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

David Bathgate
Teacher : David Bathgate
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism
  • Duration : 90 days

Course Brief :

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 a creative, storytelling way. These six interactive, online lessons and their related assignments, designed and mentored by professional photojournalist David Bathgate, will equip you with the skills and practice to begin capturing your own stories that engage and inform audiences in a powerful way.

Whether you travel the world with your camera, or simply explore your own hometown or neighborhood, visual stories are everywhere. In this insightful and inspiring online and interactive photography course, you will learn to identify photo stories of broad interest, investigate them at depth photographically, and tightly 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, submission to media editors, or simply to show 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
  • 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
  • Edit your work into a tight, flowing and powerfully interesting visual presentation
  • Caption and keyword your work for accuracy and search effectiveness
  • Market your completed picture story, if desired


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 to get the most from this instructor-interactive course

Instructor :

David Bathgate is an award-winning documentary and travel photographer whose work appears in such publications as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Geo, Stern, The Guardian, The Times of London and the London Sunday Times.

Holding doctoral and masters degrees in anthropology and journalism, respectively, David Bathgate works regularly in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, covering topics of social, political, cultural and environmental interest.

David is Founder and President of The Compelling Image - online and interactive school of photography and multimedia storytelling, contributing editor to Photojournale and conducts photography and photojournalism workshops in India and Morocco.  He is also featured Official Fuji X Photographer.

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Reviews :

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

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

Although my goal isn't to follow a career as a documentary photographer, I've always been interested in the process of telling an indepth story in pictures. This was just the place to learn this - hands on! Lessons were interesting, informative and inspiring. I enjoyed the assignments, which were directly related to their respective lesson, and David's guidance was supportive and insightful. Great course! Great instructor!

- By anonymous

My career path has been in sales. However, my path of aspiration has always been to be a professional photographer - telling stories with a camera. Having seen David Bathgate's name in numerous magazine credits, I was led to his personal website, and from there to this course. David's lessons, assignment and feedback (as well as that from fellow students on the course), has given me the skills and confidence to venture into the world of photojouralism and documentary photography. In fact, my first published work in a regional magazine was inspired and driven from all that I had learned from David's online course. Thank you David and those students that worked through the lessons with me.

- By anonymous

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