15h over 6 sessions

Workshop Fee
$390 (Eligible for use of SkillsFuture Credit)

Next Dates
16 Aug to 4 Oct 2018, by Tom White

Course Description
Photography has the power to capture moments in time, document events and record our experiences. How can we move beyond strong single images and start to tell compelling visual stories?

In this workshop, participants begin by exploring the work of established documentary photographers. They will learn to develop their vision by identifying themes of personal interest and finding stories around them. The course takes a hands-on approach to visual storytelling, with participants shooting images weekly and receiving feedback from the instructor and in group critiques. In the process, they learn the principles, ethics of and approaches to documentary photography and refine their work.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to attend two exhibition openings at Objectifs, and to exhibit their work in a group student showcase at Objectifs in Q4 2018.

Participants in this course should possess basic technical proficiency in photography and have an interest in visual storytelling and documentary photography. They will maximise their learning in the course if they commit to working on their photo story between sessions with a view to exhibiting their work in the group show.

This course will also be useful to those who want to use documentary photography and visual storytelling across a variety of disciplines from advocacy, to marketing, to journalism and more.

Participants are to use their own cameras and other softwares (if applicable) which they are comfortable with for this workshop.


Introduction: Telling a Story
• Works by documentary photographers
• Documenting family
• “Seeing” documentary possibilities
• Developing your photo story
Getting To Know Your Subjects
• Pitching story ideas
• Research and gaining access
• Understanding your subject
Single Images
• The establishing shot
• Point pictures vs series
• Project review
Getting Closer
• The little things – details
• Images and text
• Project review
Is Your Story Complete?
• Is this a cohesive package? Looking critically
• Editing a series
• Project review
Wrap Up
• Final slideshow
• Ethics in documentary


Workshop fee: 
$390 (Eligible for use of SkillsFuture Credit)


16 Aug to 4 Oct 2018 

Tom White (View Profile)


#1 16 Aug, Thur, 7.30pm – 10pm
#2  6 Sept, Thur, 7.30pm – 10pm
#3  13 Sept, Thur, 7.30pm – 10pm
#4  20 Sept, Thur, 7.30pm – 10pm
#5  27 Sept, Thur, 7.30pm – 10pm
#6  4 Oct, Thurs, 7.30pm – 10pm