Documentary Photography: Capturing Places and People

Ami Vitale, Photographer, National Geographic

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6 Videos (35m)
    • Introduction

      3:07
    • Project: Document a Place in 2 Photos

      0:36
    • Shooting Sunrise

      11:00
    • Equipment

      4:39
    • Perspective

      10:36
    • Shooting Sunset

      4:45

About This Class

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale takes you on an adventure to Venice Beach, California, sharing her documentary photography techniques. Immersion and relentless observation are key in Ami’s practice. She always arrives at a place before the sun comes up and revisits it again at sundown to capture the best photos, understanding the place through patience and persistence. Ami will take you step-by-step through her best practices of finding the beauty in a person or an experience, and telling a story through that. This class is great for aspiring photojournalists, professional photographers seeking inspiration, and everyone who seeks essential tips and zen habits for documenting the world around them.

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great experiential knowledge on how to tell untold stories
This class imparts not only technical advice re: photography but emotional guidance re: the people and things you want to capture. I'll re-watch this several times. Very valuable.
This is such a great class! It goes beyond the technical aspect of photography and focuses on the fundamental soft skills that make a great story teller. I highly recommend this course to all photographers in any field. Thanks for your insight Ami!

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Ami Vitale

Photographer, National Geographic

Ami Vitale’s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to 85 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, Geo,  Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian. Her work has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photos, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and the Magazine Photographer of the Year award,  among many others.