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WSP 298 — Visual Storytelling: Creating a Narrative Through Photography

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Fri/Sat
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 6—Oct 7
Time: See below
Drop Deadline: Sep 29
Unit: 0
Tuition: $305
Instructor(s): Randy Olson
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 9:30 pm; Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
On-campus course
See below
Oct 6—Oct 7
2 days
Drop By
Sep 29
0 Unit
Randy Olson
Please Note: Friday, October 6, 6:00 – 9:30 pm; Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 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 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. 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. 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. Although beginning photographers are welcome, they must have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of camerawork and photography. A digital camera, preferably a DSLR, is required.

The course includes a short field trip to a local destination. Field trip transportation will be the responsibility of the student.

Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade.

Stanford Continuing Studies is fortunate to have Randy Olson as a visitor to Stanford. In addition to his on-campus workshop, he will host a free public lecture on October 5. For more information, please see the Continuing Studies Public Programs page at continuingstudies.stanford.edu/publicprograms.

Randy Olson, Documentary Photographer

Randy Olson has been working for National Geographic magazine for more than twenty years. His work has also been published in Life, GEO, and Smithsonian magazines. He is the founder and general manager of The Photo Society, a nonprofit organization for photographers contributing to National Geographic.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.