Discover Your Visual Voice

David Bathgate
Teacher : David Bathgate
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Discover Your Visual Voice
  • Duration : 60 days

Course Brief :

With online and offline worlds today saturated with images, standing out from the millions of smartphone snaps has never been more challenging. While an “ah, it’s all been done before” attitude won’t help. Thinking and seeing differently will. This online and interactive course with professional photographer, David Bathgate, will get you moving in just this direction.

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

  • Apply camera controls - shutter speed, aperture and ISO - as means to expanded photographic expression
  • Use composition in unconventional ways to bring tension, "feel" and emotion to your photos
  • Mix flash with ambient light to add drama to pictures you make
  • Interpret scenes and subjects according to your vision - your personal way of seeing the world


What you will need:

  • Digital SLR or mirrorless compact camera (If shooting film, you will need access to a scanner in order to digitize your work for upload to the TCI website)
  • Selection of lenses from wide-angle to medium telephoto
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Photoshop)
  • A light but study tripod would be beneficial
  • 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 :

This fun and valuable course taught by David Bathgate helped me to see in ways I hadn't before. I offerd assignments that challenged me and stretched my creativity with making photographs. Most importantly, I've come to better understand the kinds of photographs that stir my emotions, and how to best convey my visual messages to the viewer. I really believe I'm on my way - with much more practice, of course - to developing a "signiture style" of my own.

David Bathgate was most helpful, honest, timely, and supportive throughout this 4-lesson course. I enjoyed his style of presenting information, his side stories based on his own experiences, and his inspiring critiques of the work I submitted for assignments.  I will definitely be taking more courses at this online school.

- By Marie Wattier

l've always been intriqued by a photographer's style, how it develops, and why it takes the form it does. After taking this course with David Bathgate, I began to see just how a particular style begins to develop. These four lessons and their assignments in this course have the student try new things, look at the photographic frame in many different ways, and go out and try techniques and framings that may not have been thought of before. At course end I came to understand that photographic style is as much practice - shooting and shooting, as it is trying new approaches with the camera. And over time individuality begins to show through - a personal "style" starts to express itself. A wonderful course and great instructor support.

- By Michelle Anselmo

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