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Documentary Photography (Online Short Course)

Documentary Photography (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Freya Najade


Documentary photography plays an important role when it comes to capturing socio-political situations, every-day life, people or different parts of the world. Unlike photojournalists who focus on breaking news, documentary photographers work for an extended period of time on a single topic to create in-depth stories that engage with the public in exhibitions, magazines, newspapers, online or through a book.

In this course you will learn about the history of documentary photography and contemporary documentary practice, explored through the work of influential photographers. By comparing a diverse range of photographic approaches and by becoming familiar with photo shooting and editing techniques you will develop your own storytelling skills to communicate your project ideas. Throughout the course you will work on assignments and gain invaluable feedback from an award-winning photographer.


  • History of documentary photography and contemporary documentary practice
  • Documentary Photo Equipment (cameras, lenses)
  • DSLR setings
  • Powerful visual approaches
  • Shooting techniques: composition and framing
  • What makes a compelling story?
  • Developing personal projects
  • Editing
  • Ethics of Documentary Photography


By the end of this course you will have:
  • Know about the history of documentary photography
  • Understand what documentary photography is today
  • Use photo shooting techniques
  • Use DSLR settings effectively
  • Know how to develop a personal project
  • Edit your own photographs
  • Be aware of ethics in documentary photography

Who is Introduction to Documentary Photography (Online Short Course) for?
Photographers and enthusiasts with an interest in documentary photography for a personal or professional portfolio or looking to commence a career as a documentary photographer. You may be interested in developing your work for a book, editorial publications, galleries, commercial work or to record your personal travels and journeys. 

Level: Beginner - You should have basic computer knowledge and be able to use a camera competently.

Please note:This course is for students aged 18 and over

Why choose an LCC Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Fashion wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. 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 preparing for your online course, including the equipment you need, can be found at Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Buddy.

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Freya Najade is an award winning London-based photographer born in Germany. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and published in prestigious publications such as The Guardian, the British Journal of Photography (BJP), The Times, Die Zeit, Businessweek and BBC. Her personal project "Jazorina" was released as a book by Kehrer Verlag in 2016 and "Along the Hackney Canal" by Hoxton Mini Press later that year. The latter received the Best in Book Award by Creative Review. Freya Najade received a Masters Degree with Distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication in 2009. She also holds a Masters Degree in Teaching, with Distinction. Since her graduation from LCC, Freya splits her time working on long-term personal projects and on commissions. Outside of her own professional practice Freya co-founded the architectural photography studio NAARO.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A notepad and a pen
  • A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also essential (mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

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