A Successful Photo Essay is 90% Research and 10% Taking Pictures

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Olympus released the first episode from season three of their Anywhere Classroom series that profiles photographers in their everyday environments and their jobs. For the first episode, photographer Larry Price states that establishing a rapport with your subjects is key and will give you a lot more of an edge when going into the story. He talks about doing a story on Lobster Fishermen as they do their daily jobs.

Larry outlines all the basics of a photojournalistic essay involving stuff like details, wide establishing shots, filler, and minding your angles. He really hits home on the latter because people don’t see them often.

Again though, he comes back to gaining trust and eventually being able to shoot three to four inches from a person’s face.

The video on shooting a photo essay is after the jump.

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