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Howard Chapnick on the Photo Essay

In perhaps the best description I’ve seen of what the photo essay should be, the late Howard Chapnick, founder of Black Star Agency and a legendary figure in photojournalism, wrote back in the early nineties what he thought was important for a strong photo essay in his book The Truth Needs No Ally. We’ve seen a paradigm shift to digital since his book published, but Chapnick remin…Read On…

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If you’re having trouble deciding on a personal project, think about taking on a smaller one for a start. A short-term photo essay can be a visual profile of an idea, a person, an event, or a business; a “day in the life” of an artisan, musician, community leader, or heroine; or a portrait series of a certain group of people. It can be still lives, landscapes, or other groups of image…Read On…

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Action Step 2: Volume, Volume, Volume

Just Shoot It! Getting through the volume will make you a better photographer. Give yourself a deadline to start shooting right away. Do a picture-a-day blog. Schedule a two-hour block every week to go out and shoot. Work on your project. If you don’t have a project, go shoot on the street.

Exercise: Choose one subject and challenge yourself to take 40 completely different composit…Read On…

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