Story and Storyboards

Your next major assignment deals with your ability to tell a story using your camera. Instead of working like a photojournalist for this one, work like a director. INVENT your story.

Think of three short stories that you are able to tell to the viewer through the camera. Get inspired by stories you have heard, miniature sections of larger stories, or get inspiration from the drama of real life. Any way to come up with your ideas, you’ll write one sentence each which describes what the story is. Then pick your favorite of the three and create a storyboard (7-12 frames is good, stick figures is ok) showing how you plan to create each composition to tell your story ONLY through photographs.

Bring in:

Three sentences (one for each story)

One set of storyboards for your story of choice

We will be discussing this work in groups next class meeting.


Welcome to Photography 215 – Photojournalism/News Photography

This should be a great class.

I’m very glad to let you know that you have homework to do already! This assignment serves several purposes including gathering your contact information and learning about your personal vision for you work, while also forcing you to write a brief but professional paragraph. Ready? Here we go:

Email your instructor as though you are applying for a real, paying internship at a major news outlet. Introduce yourself, describe your interest in photography and in photojournalism in particular, and also communicate your vision for how working for a major news outlet might impact your work. What do you hope to achieve? Provide a link to somewhere this person can find your work online, and lastly provide your full name, email address and phone number (the ones you actually check daily).

As you write, you’ll assume that the recipient knows nothing about you and that you really want to impress them without lying or going overboard. It’s just a paragraph, don’t gush.