Creating Unforgettable Photo Essays

David Bathgate
Teacher : David Bathgate
Category : Intermediate, Advance
Creating Unforgettable Photo Essays
  • Duration : 60 days

Course Brief :

You don't need to be a photojournalist or professional documentary photographer to create engaging photo essays. Photo essays can showcase any subject, from nature, to portraiture, to wedding shots, family outings, and vacations. So, whether you’re a keen amateur photographer, or an aspiring professional, a well-crafted photo essay is a brilliant way to present a story or even in narrative visual form. But that's not all, producing photo essays is a great way to learn and apply new skills as a photographer, and to bring new enthusiasm to your photography.

In this online and interactive 4-lesson / 4-assignment course, mentored by award-winning professional photographer David Bathgate, you’ll be guided through the entire process of creating your own photo essay narrative. David will be there every step of the way - to answer your questions, critique your work, and offer constructive advice for your success.


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

  • Select subjects and situations of visual interest.
  • Plan and create powerful visual narratives, from start to finish.
  • Make contacts and establish rapport to gain access and get the story coverage you want.
  • Effectively edit your work to build powerful photo essays.
  • Accurately caption your images for a polished "finishing touch."


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 (if available), ranging from wide-angle to medium telephoto. That said, an entire photo essay can be done with just one lens - the "standard" 50mm.
  • Computer with photo-processing software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop).
  • A lightweight, study tripod or monopod will 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 :

A great course, and one I enjoyed very much. I Learned a lot and already working on my third photo essay about my large extended family. Thanks David for the advice, guidance, patience and valuable insights.

- By Sejuti Basu

I took this course to document the workings of our family's olive production business in California. The work I produced went right to our company's brochure. A learned the workings of how a photo story is made and the kinds of images that express it best. It was my second course here with David Bathgate and I would highly recommend both. This is not a course for JUST those wanting to become professionals, it's one that anyone will benefit from and enjoy. I know I did!

- By Antoinette Addison

A truly inspirational course! Instruction went step-by-step through the process of creating a powerful and dynamic visual story. As its instructor, David was excellent in his insight, advice and support. Top Notch all the way!

- By Richard Gough

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