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Photojournalism Online Short Course

Course description

Telling a story through a series of images is a calculated and precise process that requires a whole range of skills, knowledge and experience. This 3-day course is designed to give you insight into the practice. During the course you will learn the skills to communicate a story effectively by developing your own photo essay.

We will think about researching story ideas, look at creative and technical aspects of building blocks for photo essays (establishing shots / portraiture / detail shots / action shots), and edit our work to produce our own photo essays.

We will also review the history of photojournalism, analyse the work of renowned and influential photojournalists, then consider the realities of and opportunities in today's marketplace.

This course will give students the opportunity to explore the technicalities and issues surrounding the practice from a working photojournalist who will teach you everything you need to know from taking portraits, developing creativity in your images, and understanding the legal and ethical aspects of photojournalism.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the history of photojournalism
  • Understand today's market place
  • Research a story and communicate it visually
  • Develop creative, visual and technical abilities
  • Edit photographs and create and present a portfolio or photo-essay

Who Should Attend

Photographers and enthusiasts who have an interest in editorial or documentary photography and would like to explore it further before committing to a longer course or people looking to improve the documentation of their travels or charity work.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

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

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • How to communicate a story effectively in a photo essay
  • Technical issues surrounding the practice of photojournalism
  • Detail shots
  • Portraits
  • How to develop creativity in your images
  • Understanding the legal and ethical aspects of photojournalism


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Please bring for the first session:

  • Notebook and pen
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Photojournalism Short Course will provide you with the skills to communicate a story effectively by developing your own photo essay.

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