About This Course
Photojournalism is a visual language. Just like stories, there are reasons that some photos are successful and others fall short. When journalists discuss photographs using visual terms, the conversation goes beyond subjective likes and dislikes to address the actual value of the image.
Good photographers think in these visual terms when they are on assignment. They decide the moment to record, what to include, and what to take out. They look for good quality of light, juxtaposition, a point of entry, mood ,emotion, and a sense of place in order to best tell the story visually. With experience, it becomes a natural process.
This course will teach you about that visual language. It introduces terms that help develop a visual vocabulary, leading to improved photographs and more constructive discussions of images.
When photographs and editors don't articulate the journalistic value of an image, an important voice fo the publication is muted or rendered ineffective. Photojournalists should use, and encourage others to use, the visual language. This course will help you learn that visual language.