Storytelling with Digital Photography

Students in Com 315 must submit a photo essay of 12 to 30 photos that tell a story, and post their photo essays to The captions create context, provide details and tell the story behind the photographs. Students learn to tightly crop photos to bring a focus to the image, and adjust the lighting.

Students seemed at first reluctant to share their photos, but I was STUNNED by what great photos they are routinely displaying on Instagram as a HOBBY unrelated to course credit. When I realized what great photographers they are, I set up a photo contest. Students must post their photo essays on by Sunday, April 27, and then the class will vote on the best photo essays. I think we’ll have some great entries.

A number of student photo-essays have been posted to ZU’s Zajel portal.

Mark Thiessen of National Geographic has some great tips on photo storytelling.

I ask each student to find a photographer and photo essay online worthy of admiration.

The Pulitzer Prizes for Feature Photography, for example, provide great inspiration.

Students in the UAE can start by Googling photo essay, UAE or photo storytelling, UAE.

Then there are the issues of the ethics of photo-journalism. Saigon Execution Photo.


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