Digital Photojournalism

Digital Photojournalism


Unit 1 // Digital Photojournalism Course Overview and Definitions

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Easy

This video will introduce you to the Digital Photojournalism curriculum by providing you with an overview of the video sessions, research and assignments. You will also be introduced to key concepts and important definitions for photojournalism.

Unit 1 // Lens Selection for Photojournalism

Length: 21 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session covers how to use wide-angle, normal, and telephoto lenses for photojournalistic storytelling. You will learn about compression, distortion, and spatial relationships and how to make their stories more compelling through proper lens selection. You will also learn about physical considerations such as weather proofing, glass quality and maximum aperture values.

Unit 1 // Camera Angles for Photojournalism

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

This video teaches you to use camera angles and perspectives to strengthen your stories. This session incorporates angle of view, perspective, and point of view into the equation, giving you 36 distinct camera angles with infinite variations.

Unit 1 // Backgrounds for Photojournalism

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Standard

This video teaches the art of background selection. You will learn how to work within two distinct scenarios of coverage, allowing you to approach your backgrounds will skill and purpose. This session concludes with several pitfalls to avoid.

Unit 1 // Lighting, Exposure & Composition Review

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Standard

Lighting, Exposure and Composition Review

This review session covers exposure, lighting, and composition topics from Digital Photography 1 that you should know in order to be successful in the rest of Digital Photojournalism.

Unit 1 // Caption Writing

Length: 26 minutesComplexity: Hard

Learn to write captions that properly document a photograph for editorial usage. While it’s not a very creative process, it is an important one that will add credibility to your journalism.

Unit 2 // Storytelling Compositions

Length: 14 minutesComplexity: Standard

Telling a story with your composition is about more than just leaving the right amount of space or following the rule of thirds. Learn how to make your stories stronger with five composition techniques: Time and Place, Part to Whole, Black Sheep, Definitive Action, and Cause and Effect.

Unit 2 // Spot Metering

Learn to evaluate exposure more precisely using your camera’s built in spot meter. This fantastic tool will enable you to obtain accurate exposure in difficult lighting situations. Photographers without a spot meter will use their camera’s partial meter for a similar effect.

Unit 2 // Using Exposure Modes

Length: 23 minutesComplexity: Standard

Your camera has a bunch of different exposure modes. At their heart of hearts they all are designed to do the same thing – capture a properly exposed image – they all go about it different ways. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes in this session and how to use each of them well.

Unit 2 // Creating Amazing Light

Length: 18 minutesComplexity: Hard

This video will push photographers beyond finding amazing light into creating their own amazing light with an off-camera flash and radio slave. Participants will also understand when adding their own light is appropriate and when it is not.

Unit 2 // Mastering Extreme Lighting

Master Extreme Lighting

This is the video every photographer needs for shooting in horrible lighting. A combination of camera techniques, light hunting, and post processing tips will enable your images to shine when other photographers are packing up to leave.

Unit 3 // Ethics, Objectivity and Bias in Photojournalism

Length: 31 minutesComplexity: Hard

Ethics is the core of photojournalism, the thing that separates it from every other genre and discipline of photography. This session will guide you through the ethical discussions surrounding photojournalism today and help you understand the holy grail of objectivity.

Unit 3 // Photojournalism Ethics for Post Processing

Length: 21 minutesComplexity: Standard

We all know that newspaper photos aren’t supposed to be manipulated, but what does that actually mean? This session will teach you the ethics behind post processing your images as a photojournalist.

Unit 3 // Communicating with Photo Essays

Length: 33 minutesComplexity: Standard

Learn how to create powerful photo essays using multiple images to tell one cohesive story. Photo essays, or picture stories, are the classic delivery method for documentary photography and photojournalism.

Unit 3 // Photojournalism and the Law

Length: 24 minutesComplexity: Standard

As a photojournalist, you generally have the same rights as the public, which in the United States of America means quite a bit. It is important to know those rights, and their limitations, before you hit the streets to tell your story.

Unit 3 // Lightroom: Metadata Management

Length: 33 minutesComplexity: Hard

Metadata–keywords, captions, locations, etc.,–is super helpful, but kind of a pain. Learn to use Lightroom to add, edit, and manage your metadata. After watching this session you will understand how to use metadata to find your stuff, optimize your presence online, and present work to a client.

Unit 4 // Story Editing

Length: 89 minutesComplexity: Hard

This may be the most important lesson for a photojournalist. If you do this well, you win. If you do this poorly, you lose. Image selection, putting together your story, deciding which images to keep and which to cut is the final factor in determining what your audience will actually see. This session, by award winning photo editor Gary Fong, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle, gives you a glimpse through the eyes of an expert and reveals the guidelines he uses for successful Photo Editing.

Unit 4 // Photographing People

Length: 34 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session is about interacting with people and helping them look their best. In this session you’ll learn how your camera is either a bridge, giving you access to people’s lives and stories, or a barricade, protecting you from having to talk to anyone.

Unit 4 // Helping People Tell Their Story

Length: 23 minutesComplexity: Standard

As photojournalists we like to think of ourselves as storytellers. Often, our more important role is that of a story facilitator—the one helping our subject tell their story. In this session you will learn to use your camera to help someone else tell their own story.

Unit 4 // Planning and Developing Your Story

Length: 18 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session will guide you in story telling from start to execution. How do you prepare for an extended shoot? What does it mean to develop a story? How do you evaluate mid-stream? These questions and more will be answered as you learn to build a compelling story.

Unit 5 // Writing News Stories for Photographers

Length: 27 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session is designed to help photographers write better news stories. We will cover ideas for both news and feature stories, and provide a basic structure for each. Bloggers, self-publishers, and freelancers all benefit from better writing.

Unit 5 // Quoting Sources and Documenting Your Shoot

Length: 20 minutesComplexity: Standard

There are lots of resources out there on the grammatical rules for the English language and different methods for quoting, citing, and writing it all down. Different organizations like Associated Press, Reuters, and the New York Times all have their own style sheets and rule books as well. This session isn’t an attempt at recapping or summarizing them all, but is rather a practical guide for the freelancer working without a specific guide book on how to quote sources and document their shoots well.

Unit 5 // Event Photography

Length: 27 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session will give you an overview to shooting as an event photographer. You will learn the 4 key aspects of any event and how to cover them well. We will also talk about valuable add-ons and current trends that you can use to up-sell your work.

Unit 5 // Working with Event Coordinators

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Standard

As an event photographer, you may be the only one thinking about photography during an event’s planning phase. This session will guide you through how to work with the event coordinator to ensure your photography is successful in representing their event well. You will learn about scheduling, liability insurance, releases and more.

Unit 5 // Preparing to Photograph an Event

Length: 16 minutesComplexity: Standard

Now that you’ve been booked as an event photographer, what comes next? This session will help you prepare for your next event by providing you with a timeline and a checklist to cover the major issues you’re likely to face.

Unit 6 // Freelancing as a Photojournalist

Length: 32 minutesComplexity: Standard

Have you ever wondered what it means to be a freelance photojournalist? Stephen Mally is one of only two full-time, freelance photojournalists in the state of Iowa, and in this session he will tell you. Learn from Stephen how he broke into the industry, the secrets of being successful on your own, and how to get assignments.

Unit 6 // Sports Photojournalism

Length: 40 minutesComplexity: Standard

The genre of Sports Photography is a big one, but this session will give you a bird’s eye overview. Stephen Mally, a successful freelancer who has shot for ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NCAA, and the New York Times among others, will tell you how to get started, give you an idea of what to expect, and show you how he makes money.

Unit 6 // Documentary Photography

Length: 23 minutesComplexity: Standard

Documentary photography is a great tool for anyone interested in humanitarian causes or inspiring social change. This session will give you an overview of the genre by discussing the definitive characteristics of the style, how it differs from hard photojournalism, and giving you some ideas for how you can be successful as a documentary photographer.

Unit 6 // Wedding Photojournalism

Length: 17 minutesComplexity: Standard

Wedding photojournalism is very popular, but what does it actually mean? In this session you’ll learn how wedding photojournalism compares with news photojournalism and some great tips for how to photograph your next wedding in a photojournalistic style.

Unit 6 // Spot News Photography

Length: 35 minutesComplexity: Standard

This session will give you a glimpse into the world of spot news photography. Learn who photographs it, who buys it, and how the images get from camera to viewer. Because spot news is impossible to plan for, it’s difficult to practice, but freelancer Stephen Mally will give you some ideas of how to break into the field.

Unit 7 // Self-Publishing your Work as a Photojournalist

Length: 24 minutesComplexity: Standard

Gone are the days of William Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, when publishers sat atop mountains few could climb. Today, the publishing world is nearly flat, and you are welcome to join in the fray. In this session you’ll learn about traditional and on demand printing and form a 2-step road map to effective social media publishing.

Unit 7 // It's the Photojournalist, not the Camera

Length: 19 minutesComplexity: Standard

Every photographer wants a bigger camera, a brighter screen, or a faster lens, but the truth of the matter is, it’s the photojournalist, not the camera. Stories are told by storytellers; and it’s up to you to be the best storyteller you can be no matter what camera is in your hand. This session will teach you to be a better photojournalist, and the camera decision is up to you.

Unit 7 // Creating a Killer Portfolio

Length: 57 minutesComplexity: Standard

Unless you are one of those strange people who don’t need money, chances are good you’re going to have to sell people on your work. Your portfolio can be a key element to pulling in future work. In this session you’ll hear from Gary Fong, the award winning former photo editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, on what to include, and more importantly, what to avoid, as you build your killer portfolio.


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