Guest Lecturer: Jessica Kourkounis

Our guest lecturer on Tuesday, January 31st will be Jessica Kourkounis.  Jessica is currently a Philadelphia-based freelance photographer specializing in documentary, editorial and portraiture work. She regularly photographs for daily newspapers around the country including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post; as well as magazines such as Time, The Art Economist and ESPN the Magazine.

Have a few questions for Jessica prepared before class.


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Common photos found in audio slideshows

Several studies done on Life Magazine found that most of their photo stories, both past and present, include the following photo types in this order:

1. An introductory shot or overall shot, such as a wide angle or an aerial.
2. A middle-distance or “moving in” shot, such as a sign, street, or building.
3. A close-up, usually hands, face or detail.
4. A sequence, or how-to shot.
5. A portrait, usually environmental.
6. An interaction shot of persons conversing or action portrayed.
7. The signature picture- the decisive moment, the one picture that conveys the essence of the story.
8. The clincher or goodbye shot, signifying the end of the story.

You’ll find that audio slideshows follow a similar sequence, but with more photos in between. Consider this a checklist before you shoot for your slideshows, and consider this a basis for your shooting scripts / storyboards.

For Next Class (1/31)

Shooting Script Exercise:

  • Type a list of pictures you anticipate taking based on your ideas you submitted to me when you shoot your subject(s).
  • Consider what might best tell the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • Consider what objects need to be included to tell the story.
  • Consider what actions need to be shown to tell the story.

Storyboarding Exercise:

  • Draw out or describe the visuals of between 7 and 10 frames you plan to use in your photo story
  • Focus on how things will be placed in the frame visually
  • Incorporate some photography techniques as described during today’s class
  • Incorporate some or all of the photo types listed on the “key photos” slide

Submit these to me by next class. Any questions, feel free to e-mail me or leave it in the comments.