Documentary Photography: Capturing Places and People

Ami Vitale, Photographer, National Geographic

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6 Videos (35m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Document a Place in 2 Photos

    • Shooting Sunrise

    • Equipment

    • Perspective

    • Shooting Sunset


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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This shows the passion and commitment you may need to get those special shots in special places. In fact I would say this lady is an inspiration on how to engage with the "subject" and respect people. Well done!
A very interesting course and a must-see for every photographer. Ami Vitale speaks about the philosophy of photography and the mindset that someone should have when taking photographs. I will definitely remember what you said about the Art of Patience since I believe it's necessary for our lives and when photographing. Tha's the best of the things that photography gives you, the ability to slow down, shut away all the distractions and enjoy the moment you have in front of you.
very informative





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, Adve...

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