Storytelling & Photojournalism


Lesson Info

Bonus Video: Think Tank Gear Bags

Storytelling has been an integral part of human cultures and societies we first started communicating. Effective use of imagery adds unmatched depth to the telling and understanding of a story. Thanks to the accessibility of new tools and technology, such as HDSLR cameras, and an abundance of outlets for stories on the web, visual storytelling has evolved from a simple illustration on a cave wall to motion on your mobile device.

Despite this technological revolution, the core fundamentals of storytelling have always stayed the same.

From the single image, to the photo essay, and personal project, award-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice will discuss how to effectively tell your story visually using the principles of documentary photography and photojournalism while remaining authentic and making a personal connection with both the subject and the viewer.



  • The course with Ash Gilbertson is so much better that this doesn't even compare. I don't like her tone. I don't like how she answers people's questions. Her course is all anecdotes and not much substance in terms of things students can actually use other than "be persistent and creative in getting access". Also it's annoying that she doesn't even recognize that being an attractive young female would help in getting access to famous athletes. Duh! Overall, this course is mostly a big waste of time. There's so much better out there.
  • I have to say, the previous writers were spot on and I watched anyway. My mistake. One thing, however, they failed to mention, is this person goes on and on about her success be she's honest, genuine, cares and gains others confidence and that's the secret to her her success, respect and honesty. Then for the first several minutes and many time later in the show she discusses her career or breaking and entering, trespassing, badgering and a host of laws and personal rights she tramples on to get their stories. Frankly I'm shocked she isn't serving time in jail and the corporations that sponsor her aren't being sued every way possible. She breaks in to private, not public places, takes photos that are not public shots, uses them against express wishes to the contrary and then cons her way out of liability. I don't think the advice in this video series is a wise path for photojournalists who want to make a legitimate living. Perhaps if you work for the National Enquirer, but breaking into buildings, using false ID to gain entrance, snapping photos while concealed under tables - this is criminal behavior.
  • This course is mostly stories of her experiences and nothing really applicable for those wanting to learn about photojournalism. I learned to make connections with people, trust your instincts and try to shoot with layers of the story in one photo. It is entertaining if you are her fan, but not something for students to glean from.