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Photojournalism Essentials

7 classes | 3 hours per class

The aim of this course is to give the essentials on what photojournalism is about and how it fits into the media landscape, social conscience and personal storytelling. It will cover pre- and post-production, producing a story, how to use the camera, Photoshop and how to tell stories with pictures.

On completion participants can choose to send in eleven photographs to the ACIJ, which will be made into a professional individual A5 booklet for the student to keep. The booklets of Michael Brown, Hada Afshar and Andra Fembriarto are below.

Presenter

Photo of people dancing

Photo by Moshe Rosenzveig
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The course lecturer Moshe Rosenzveig is an award winning television producer/director, photojournalist, commercial photographer and educator whose career in the visual arts and media spans 25 years. His television work has screened on SBS TV, ARTE, and other overseas networks. Moshe has taught in various institutions and worked as contributing writer and speaker at Digital Media World.

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a certificate.

Enrolment

Dates:

Register your interest for our next course: acij@uts.edu.au

Fees:

  • $1,070 full fee
  • $963 ACIJ members
  • $856 concession (students and low income)
  • $749 UTS staff and students

Limited to: 14 participants

Location: UTS Broadway, CB10.05.580 (map)
Building 10, Level 5, Room 580, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

To discuss this course or for more information please contact acij@uts.edu.au or call +61 2 9514 2488.

Student works

Check out some of the photography booklets produced by students in this course:

Course outline

  • Week 1
    • Introduction to the course — What is photojournalism? How photojournalism fits into the media landscape, social conscience and personal storytelling.
    • Discussion of students individual needs and expectations regarding photojournalism.
    • Brief history overview.
    • Camera basics — the secrets to ‘correct exposure’.
    • Assignment 1 — public space series.
  • Week 2
    • Homework public space series displayed and discussed.
    • Photographs that have special significance to students are displayed and discussed.
    • View segment from the DVD Girl in a Mirror — A Portrait of Carol Jerrems.
    • Analyse and discuss the work of one current great photojournalist.
    • Digital basics — deciphering acronyms and how to get the most out of the camera.
    • Assignment 2 — personal space.
  • Week 3
    • Homework personal space displayed and discussed.
    • View segment from the DVD Blood Lines about Sally Mann.
    • Watch and discuss images by various portrait photographers
    • Portraiture Using natural and artificial light
    • Assignment 3 — Portraiture using natural and artificial light
  • Week 4
    • Homework Portraiture displayed and discussed.
    • Watch a segment from a DVD about photojournalist James Nachtwey.
    • Photoshop basics — essential skills needed when shooting digital.
    • Homework — personal portfolio
  • Week 5 — held in the lab — Building 3, Level 4, Room 3.4.39
    • Photoshop basics — Lab
    • Homework — personal portfolio (cont.)
  • Week 6
    (Class takes place in the Mac Lab)
    • Plan and edit images for personal portfolio booklet
    • Analyse and discuss the work of one current great photojournalist.
    • Watch a segment from the DVD Born into Brothels
    • Review and expand on some technical aspects — camera, lighting, image processing
  • Week 7
    • Pursuing photojournalism professionally, where and how to publish. Create a viable and engaging portfolio.
    • Analyse and discuss the work of one current great photojournalist.
    • Watch a segment from the DVD Dream Life about Trent Parke and Narelle Autio
    • Finalise and edit images for personal portfolio booklet
    • Course review.

Testimonials

“Moshe is a great teacher: he is very knowledgeable and delivered the material to us in a way that directly targeted what we were individually interested in. He went above stated objectives and also offered us assistance/advice for the future.” Elise Dalley, Student (2010)

“I liked that we got insight into concepts beyond how to take a photo such as issues on photojournalistc responsibility and industry related knowledge you can’t get from books.” Andrew Phan, Bonnyrigg

“I enjoyed the practical nature of the work: going out and taking our own photos then critiquing them.” Eliza Cracknell, Subeditor, ACP Magazines

“The feedback was helpful and well informed. This course helped me take my skills from amateur to aspiring professional and to kickstart my own learning process.” Courtney Todd

“It was very interesting and thought provoking.” Vanessa Atoki (November 2012)