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WSP 298 — Visual Storytelling: Creating a Narrative Through Photography

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Fri/Sat
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jul 20—Jul 21
Drop Deadline: Jul 13
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Randy Olson
Limit: 20
Status: Open
Please Note: Class sessions: Friday evening, July 20, 6:00 – 9:30 pm; Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (students will shoot independently); 1:00 - 4:00 pm (students and the instructor will meet in the classroom); see preliminary syllabus for more information
Summer
On-campus
Fri/Sat
Date(s)
Jul 20—Jul 21
2 days
Drop By
Jul 13
0 Unit
Fees
$365
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s):
Randy Olson
Limit
20
Open
Please Note: Class sessions: Friday evening, July 20, 6:00 – 9:30 pm; Saturday, July 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (students will shoot independently); 1:00 - 4:00 pm (students and the instructor will meet in the classroom); see preliminary syllabus for more information
Visual storytelling, the art of graphically telling a story through images, is at the foundation of the National Geographic magazine 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 an independent field shoot (Saturday morning, July 21), where the instructor will be available in a central area of Palo Alto for questions. Field shoot transportation will be the responsibility of the student. Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade.

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.
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)