Learning Storytelling Photography during your Tuscan summer in Florence
Emotional photography vs. visual storytelling
Photography can be emotional and able to produce stand-alone images. Visual storytelling, on the other hand, leads us to shoot pictures that can stay together in a sequence for to tell a complete story. Visual storytelling teaches us that stand-alone beautiful picture may be sometimes good not for to tell a story. Sometimes a less emotional picture but more meaningful can better fit the sequence. Because the sequence makes the story. The story is a sequence of meaningful pictures.
Visual storytelling has always been the core of every topic or subject matter treated in the history of the Arts. Just think at the Middle Age and Giotto’s stories from the Gospels. His paintings in the Basilica of Assisi tell the story of the life of Jesus Christ. Since then, every great artist of the history had to challenge Time and History telling a story with an art medium. Why photography should do so not?
In the present era of social networking we are bombed with stand-alone images. Images supposed to be the state-of-the-art of this or that user are shown one after the other to a timeline. New emotions are proposed at every new single-image post. Screen-breaking images are important. But in our life we are not living just single instants, separated moments one to one other. We are living in a stream of emotions, sentiments, experiences, learning workflows which are connected. All together make our daily life. And so the life that surrounds us.
We want to tell stories with images
With this program we want to begin thinking at stories to tell per images displaced in a sequence. We aim to produce a body of photographic work that has a meaning for the fact that is made of many images connected one to each other. We want to create a portfolio that shows a stream of images so to take the observer from the beginning of a story to its end.
We want to make a story per images. It can be the story of your summer in Florence, as well as the story of a person which is living together with you. Or the story of an event happening during your time spent here, or just a test story, for to get ready to capture an important event that has yet to happen in your life.
Visual storytelling is the core of photo-journalism. Photo-documentary photography is aimed to answer some basic questions to let the reader (observer) get aware of the happening. The rules of visual photography storytelling lead to make a complete and meaningful report of a story.
Aims and objectives
How to make the best pictures for to better fit the sequence? That’s the goal of this one-month 80-hours intensive course on Photography Storytelling. This course will help you to focus on pictures that tell a message and let life speak for itself, rather than on images of a high impact, emotional but often meaningless.
With this program you will learn how to capture meaningful images of the stories that surround you, learn how to see your environment in a different way, as stories and not as single pictures. TheDarkroom Academy will teach you how to take meaningful documentary photographs and put them in a sequence to tell a visual story.
Moreover you will:
– learn how to recognize stories
– learn how to shoot quality photos (this is not a beginner level course)
understand the rhythm and the development of a story
produce high-end meaningful images
learn how to edit images with modern photo management apps
build a portfolio to showcase your story
Prerequisites and requirements
The course is not a beginner level, so a previous knowledge of camera operation is required. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide/Materials for the course.
Combine this course with language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Language lessons, at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
Tuning camera operation; a review on basic photographic techinques.
Photo editing with Adobe Lightroom and similar apps for the computer.
How to shoot quality photos.
Fine tuning digital development of files.
Shooting techniques for in the field; street photography approach.
How to build a story: the five “W” of photojournalism (and an “H”).
Editing techniques: building the sequence by addition vs. by destruction.
Editing concepts: how did Masters of Photography build their own stories? Ideas for our visual storytelling projects.
Pursuing a story: from planning, to shooting, to editing, to portfolio.
The final portfolio: slide show or printed portfolio (or both).