The Photo Essay
Course Price: $179.00 U.S.

Self-assignments are an excellent way to build your portfolio, gain hands-on experience and show prospective employers that - you can do it! If you've always wanted to try a self-commissioned project - or have attempted them in the past without success, this online photography course with professional documentary photographer, David Bathgate, will bring you stunningly through it and set you up for more.

Many photographers know the value of self-assigned work. Yet commissioning oneself to do a project requires good planning, discipline and a clear vision of what is to be achieved. Once complete and in your portfolio, creatively-executed, self-assigned bodies of work speak volumes of your ability to develop ideas and deliver them in a stunning and professional way. Whether your aim is to land that first assignment or you simply want to expand your horizons as a visual storyteller, this interactive online photography course gives you the skill-set and mentorship to - make it happen.

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

  • Select stories that capture, inform and motivate audiences
  • Plan a photo-essay project from start to finish
  • Make contacts and establish rapport to get the story coverage you need
  • Effectively edit your work
  • Target appropriate markets for sales
  • Submit a polished and professional photo essay for editorial consideration

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 medium telephoto
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Photoshop)
  • A light, but study tripod would be beneficial
Lesson plan:
  • Selecting Your Assignment
  • Planning Your Photo Essay
  • Choosing "Selects"
  • Editing and Captioning Your Photo Essay
Enroll on this Course:
60 days


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