Shooting a Documentary Project Can Make You a Better Photographer, No Matter What Level You’re At or What Type of Work You Do
Now, you may be thinking that this sounds neat, but you don’t plan to shoot a documentary photography project, so why bother going behind the scenes and learning more about it?
Well, I can tell you right now, that no matter what type of photography you do, or what level you’re at, shooting a documentary photography project can help you become a better photographer, and help your business stand out in the crowded marketplace.
Documentary photography is about capturing a part of life that you find interesting, and sharing that story with the world. So take a second a think about a topic that you find fascinating – something you’d love to learn more about, or see firsthand. You can take that passion and turn it into a documentary project!
Great images happen when the photographer is genuinely interested in the subject. When you’re shooting your project, you’ll find that you approach your work with new levels of creativity. You see things in a new way, and notice the little details that bring new depth to your photos. It’s because you’re fascinated with what you’re shooting.
And then you’ll share your project, and in doing so, show that you are a unique and interesting photographer who is passionate about their work. Clients want to hire someone who loves what they do. That kind of energy is contagious, and people want to be around it! Shooting a documentary project will help you stand out, and become more memorable.
Skip the Trial and Error Stage, and Learn From Our Mistakes
There’s a lot of talk out there about the importance of doing personal work, but not a lot of practical advice on how to actually make it happen. It’s hard to find the time to do a big project, and figuring out the logistics can be overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve written this eBook. We had wanted to shoot a documentary project for years, but we didn’t know where to start, so we kept putting it off. Finally, after dreaming about it for long enough, we decided to jump in and just do it already. No more waiting. You have to make your own opportunities happen!
In the spring of 2013 we traveled to Prince Edward Island, a small province on the east coast of Canada. There we documented lobster culture, from catching it to eating it, and published the results as a project called Lobster Island.
But we didn’t have a guide. We had to learn everything by trial and error, and trust me, there were some errors along the way! But the important thing is that we did it. And then we wrote down everything we learned so that you can do it faster and easier. You don’t have to make the same mistakes. You don’t have to wonder “What next?”. Everything you need to know is in this eBook, beautifully presented.
Here’s a peek at a few pages for you!
Get Tips on Planning a Project that Fits Your Life, Your Timeframe, and Your Budget
And you know what? Shooting a documentary project can be a lot easier than you may be thinking. We spent a month shooting Lobster Island, but in this eBook we’ll show you how to plan a project that’s perfect for you. We’ll guide you through some key questions to ask yourself to find a topic that works for your interests and your situation.
Then we’ll help you think through the logistics: How to do your research, create an itinerary, choose your output, and more. These are the things that can make or break a project, and we’ll make it easy for you to ensure that you’ve covered your bases before you jump in. Even if you’ve never done something like this before, we’ve gone into enough detail to make it completely possible for you. But we’re still going to make it fun and exciting! Lobster Island was a great adventure, and in this eBook you get to come along with us!
We’ll share exactly what equipment we brought, what we couldn’t live without, and what should have stayed at home. Taking too much means you’re wasting precious energy lugging it around. Plus you’ll get tips on how to travel with your equipment, how you can save money by renting, and what made us decide to buy instead!
Come Behind the Scenes, and See Exactly What Goes Into Shooting a Project Like This
Then, you’ll come behind the scenes with us as we touch down on Prince Edward Island, and start the shoot. The first week was tough – we were overwhelmed! But we had some simple ways to get over that initial fear, and start getting great shots right away.
Sometimes the best way to learn is by seeing the thought process that goes into the work, so we’ve taken eight of our favourite shots from the trip, and given you the story of how they were created. Then you’ll get easy-to-follow advice on how to use this information to make your own images stronger, from getting better compositions, finding the right light, and asking strangers for a photo!
The highlight of our trip was when we spent a day on the ocean, photographing how lobster are caught. The day presented some of the toughest shooting conditions we’ve ever experienced. But we managed to walk away with great images and a fascinating story. We’ll take you through the entire day, from the 3:30AM wake up call, to the final portrait of the crew, and share everything we learned. This was one of the most intense and enlightening photography experiences we’ve ever had, and we can’t wait to share all the details with you.
Discover How to Add Engaging Videos to Your Project
Along with photos, we produced several videos for our project, to add a unique dimension to Lobster Island. Video is becoming a bigger part of storytelling today, and is a fantastic way to help your project stand out. We’ll share how we approach video, the gear we find most useful, and how to get into it without spending too much money. You’ll find out exactly which settings to use, what types of shots to get, and see how we keep the video editing process quick and easy.
Here’s everything you get:
We’re going to show you everything we did and learned along the way. And we’ll make it easy for you to take that information and turn it into a photography project of your own!
- Get a 104-page PDF that shows you just how we planned, shot, and created Lobster Island.
- Written as part photo adventure story, and part instructional guide, it’s fun to read and you’ll learn tons.
- Filled with behind-the-scenes photos of the entire process, you can see just what goes into making a project like this happen.
- Viewable on any computer, and your iPad, for a super enjoyable learning experience.
- SWEET BONUS: You’ll get the Project Worksheet, which will guide you through all the questions you need to answer to make your own project a reality.
- DOUBLE SWEET BONUS: And you’ll get a PDF version of the Lobster Island book, so you can see just how we turned thousands of photos into a narrative story.
You’ll get all of that, shave years off your learning curve, and enjoy the process! And in the end, you’ll be able to create a documentary photography project that you’ll be proud to share with the world!
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