WSP 334 — The Art of Visual Storytelling
We will begin by viewing each student’s previous work (up to twenty images each) asking such questions as: What makes a good photograph? How can photos change the way we see the world? Who is your audience? How can photography be used for positive change? What impact can you have by telling your stories?
We will discuss the specifics of visual storytelling, including point of view; the four essential shots: landscape, portrait, candid, and detail; selecting subjects and connecting with places; building a narrative; and harnessing light by shooting at different times of day. We will touch on mobile photography and social media. We will also look at other photographs, multimedia, and short films, to consider the range of opportunities for photojournalism today.
We will then have two half-days of shooting. Each student’s goal will be to find a subject they are passionate about and document it in a compelling and unique visual way. Finally, students will edit and present their work, and we will discuss composition, editing, and narrative development. You will come away from this workshop knowing how to improve your visual storytelling and how to find new ways of personalizing your approach.
Grade restriction: No letter grade. This course is open to photographers of all levels.
Students must bring a fully charged smartphone or a DSLR camera to the workshop, and should bring a laptop computer to download and edit their work.
There will be an optional no-host group dinner on Friday, March 2.
Stanford Continuing Studies is fortunate to have Ed Kashi as a visitor to Stanford, and in addition to his on-campus workshop, he will host a public lecture on March 1.