Documentary Photography (Online)

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An introduction to the world of documentary photography covering both the theoretical and the practical.

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Our online courses are taught in live sessions with expert tutors.

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You'll receive personal feedback on your work.

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At the beginning of the course you will be taught the history of documentary photography as well as learning how to spot and develop a good story. 

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Online courses include a virtual learning environment (VLE) with course content that can be accessed for 3 months.

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While studying you'll have access to forums for support.

The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.This highly focused course gives you an introduction to the world of documentary photography covering both the theoretical and the practical...

Taught by: Anders Birger.

Description

The camera can capture communities and situations for posterity, it also allows you to step back, reflect and comment.

This highly focused course gives you an introduction to the world of documentary photography covering both the theoretical and the practical. The course is taught online through a series of tutor-guided exercises and peer critiques, where you will present and explain your work. During the course you will shoot and edit a series of images to use in your portfolio.

At the beginning of the course you will be taught the history of documentary photography as well as learning how to spot and develop a good story. There will be an introduction to the photographic text and its importance in documentary photography. You will then go on to shoot a coherent reportage based on a subject of your choice that you will present to your classmates. You will learn how to critique your classmates work, in order to get a better understanding of the different approaches to the genre and to help each other edit their work.



Topics

  • History of documentary photography
  • How to spot a good story
  • Planning, researching and developing a story
  • Planning shots that communicate emotions and narrative
  • Technical skills in documentary photography
  • Introduction to photographic text
  • Various approaches to the documentary genre
  • How to critique others's work


Outcomes
By the end of this course you should have;

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of what working in documentary photography entails
  • A basic knowledge of the history of documentary photography
  • Selected and applied appropriate tools to research
  • Learnt to spot a good story and develop it into a project
  • Shot, edited and presented a documentary story in a coherent way
  • Received personal feedback from your peers and your tutor



Who Should Attend
This course will provide important skills for photographers and enthusiasts wishing to develop their practice, or those interested in pursuing a degree in documentary photography or photojournalism. To take part in this course you will need basic computer knowledge, knowledge of how to use a camera competently, and be able to confidently transfer images from your camera to a computer.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Please note: This course is for learners aged 18 and over



Why choose an LCC Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Communication wherever you are in the world. Additionally all LCC Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCC Certificate upon completion

Further details about this course and others offered at LCC can be found here or you can check the Online Short Courses FAQ page for more details about how the courses are delivered

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here



Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to continue your digital education with Adobe Photoshop for Photographers: Beginners or enhance your documentary story with Effective Writing for Journalists.

Tutor information

Anders Birger is a freelance photographer based in London. His work has a strong humanistic focus and he is interested in human society and the impact we have on ourselves and each other. Anders has a Bachelor in Photojournalism from the Danish School of Journalism and a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication. 

In his own words:
“I work on curiosity. Mostly my subjects are areas unknown to me. By understanding, I try to disseminate information to a broader audience. I come from a strong photojournalistic background. I work with documentary projects. My photography is observant. Instead of taking pictures in the situation, I take pictures of the situation.”

@AndersBirger

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Materials


Online Short Course Materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam


Course-specific Materials

  • A good quality camera, ideally an SLR
  • Paper and pen to take notes

Details for booking

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