More on visual narratives … learning the process

This last shooting assignment is a way for you to demonstrate what you have learned this semester. It’s a lot to fill your heads with, especially for those with Spring/Graduation fever. However, as society becomes more and more visually oriented and literate, the ability to create visual narratives can make a difference in your ability to be employed and contribute to a changing society. Hopefully, this assignment can give you a fundamental understanding of the process.

Producing visual narratives is a process. In the real world, it is typically a collaborative process that involves subjects, photographers/videographers, as well as editors and producers who help shape the final presentation. And, of course, all of this is conceived and practiced by keeping our audience in mind. Our work simply has to resonate with our audience – otherwise, we are wasting other people’s time.

This assignment requires you to find people/issues that need storytellers. And for YOU to be the storyteller. As we work our way through this, I would like to function as your editor, but I would also like you to recruit your classmates as collaborators. That way, we can all learn about some of the roles that are fulfilled by both content producers AND editors.

So, with that in mind, PLEASE share progress on your stories – either by email with me, or on this website, or on the Facebook group. I highly encourage you to share your progress with everyone! It might be just one, or two, or three pictures of a particular aspect of your story that you are having trouble with.

By sharing it with everyone, we can all take on the role of “editor.” We can call start applying the concepts we have learned in order to evaluate the work of others. And trust me – that is a role that many of you might find yourselves in, at various capacities in the future. For example, you might be a PR professional, and you are presented with multiple images – by both amateurs and professionals – that could make-or-break your latest promotional campaign. You simply HAVE to know what your audience expects.

In other words, many of you might find yourselves in a position to decide whether or not images have editorial or societal merit – so you need to have a foundational understanding of these attributes. Don’t think of this as a way to be judgmental about your classmates. Instead, look at this as a way to HELP your classmates to better evaluate their work, as well as developing your own sense of visual literacy.

SO – let’s start sharing ideas and progress, in pictures, as we generate our last shooting assignment.


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