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WSP 298 — Visual Storytelling: Creating a Narrative Through Photography

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays and Sunday
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Oct 8—Oct 16
Time: 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 1
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $540
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On campus
Saturdays and Sunday
10:00 am—5:00 pm
Oct 8—Oct 16
4 days
Drop By
Oct 1
1 Units
Please Note: Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visual storytelling is the art of graphically telling a story through images, and is at the foundation of the National Geographic pictorial style of journalism. This two-weekend workshop will cover the elements of visual storytelling and how to create engaging narratives through images. By looking at how a National Geographic story is put together from inception to publication, students will learn the basic tools to translate stories and ideas into compelling images that create dynamic visual narratives. Those tools can later be used to cover personal projects, community stories, events, and more.

The first weekend we will cover the key elements of visual language—color, geometry, light, and serendipity, as well as the use of images and text on social media. We will practice the concepts learned in class during an outing in downtown Palo Alto. The second weekend will focus on how to tell stories with pictures and how to create compelling narratives. The final class meeting will include another outing and a review of student images. By the end of the course, students will have the skills to create their own visual story—whether through posting a series of photos on Instagram, creating a web image gallery, or designing a photographic spread fit for a magazine.

This course is aimed at intermediate- and advanced-level photographers looking to improve and refine their ability to document stories. Although beginning photographers are welcome, they must have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of camerawork and photography to benefit from this course.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Randy Olson, Documentary Photographer

Randy Olson has been working for National Geographic magazine for more than twenty years, covering stories on environmental issues, overpopulation, and disappearing cultures. His work has also been published in Life, GEO, and Smithsonian magazines. In 2011, the National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series. He is the founder and general manager of The Photo Society, a nonprofit organization for photographers contributing to National Geographic.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks