A free online workshop for arts self-employed persons and employees of arts organisations

6 online sessions (15h total) + 2 individual online consultations with instructor (20min total)
Plan to spend an additional two to four hours per week on average (depending on the nature of your project) on shooting and assignments in between sessions.

Course Description
This workshop is commissioned by the National Arts Council Singapore. It is open to 20 participants by application, who are arts self-employed persons or employees of arts organisations and Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, or residents of Singapore. The workshop will take place online and there is no fee to attend.

Photography can capture moments in time, document events and record our experiences. Moving beyond the single image, we can use photography and narrative techniques to tell compelling visual stories.

This workshop will teach artists, arts self-employed persons and employees of arts organisations how they can incorporate photo stories into their personal practice, and use storytelling through photography for various purposes such as documenting creative processes or promoting a cause.

Participants will learn how to develop an idea for a visual story while negotiating issues of ethics and access. They will learn how to move from making strong single images to thinking in terms of a photo series, and the importance of context. They will learn about the process of editing to strengthen a photo story, and be introduced to possible ways of presenting photographic narratives.

Apply for the workshop here by Thu 15 Oct, 11.59pm (SGT). Selected participants will be informed via email by Mon 19 Oct, 12 noon and are to confirm their participation by Wed 21 Oct, 11.59pm.

Workshop Fee
There is no fee to attend this workshop.

Deanna Ng (View Profile)


All sessions will take place online, via Zoom.

1. Introductions: Thu 29 Oct, 10am to 12.30pm
2. Developing Your Idea: Thu 5 Nov, 10am to 12.30pm
3. Single Images: Thu 12 Nov, 10am to 12.30pm

Two week break for participants to work on their projects.

During this break, participants will have an individual consultation on their project with the instructor. A ten-minute slot during one of the following blocks will be arranged at a later date.
– Mon 16 Nov, 10am to 11.10am
– Mon 16 Nov, 7.30pm to 8.40pm
– Tues 17 Nov, 10am to 11.10am
– Tues 17 Nov, 7.30pm to 8.40pm

4. Getting Closer: Thu 3 Dec, 10am to 12.30pm
5. Is Your Story Complete?: Thu 10 Dec, 10am to 12.30pm

Participants will have an individual consultation on their project with the instructor. A ten-minute slot during one of the following blocks will be arranged at a later date.
– Mon 14 Dec, 10am to 11.10am
– Mon 14 Dec, 7.30pm to 8.40pm
– Tues 15 Dec, 10am to 11.10am
– Tues 15 Dec, 7.30pm to 8.40pm

6. Wrap Up: Thu 17 Dec, 10am to 12.30pm

Course Overview

Participants are to prepare a selection of six images of past work to share with the instructor prior to the first session. If they have one or more ideas already in mind or a project they wish to work on during the workshop, this selection an reflect that.
– Introductions
– Approaches to storytelling through photography
– Ethics and empathy in documentary
– Strategies for idea generation
– Research and gaining access
– Understanding your subject
– Discussion of assignment and feedback 
– The establishing shot
– Single pictures within a series
– Discussion of assignment and feedback 
– The little things: details
– Working with images and text, creating context
– Discussion of projects and critique 
– Looking critically to assess if a story is cohesive
– Sequencing a series
– Integrating captions, text and other media
– Discussion of projects and group critique
– Different formats in which photo stories can be presented
– Discussion of projects and group critique
– Future possibilities to extend and present projects 

Technical Requirements
Basic photography proficiency will be helpful but is not a must. Participants may shoot with a smartphone but the use of a DSLR or mirrorless camera is encouraged if possible and accessible, as it allows for a greater range of technical possibilities.

This workshop will take place entirely online, in English, and will be delivered via Zoom. Participants will require:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Stable internet access
  • A device with audio and video capabilities (it is recommended to access the course materials from a laptop / desktop / tablet rather than a smartphone in order to view the course content, including images, more clearly)
  • PDF reader to access readings
  • Zoom
  • Their own camera or smartphone to shoot with

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