Introduction to Photojournalism: Capture Powerful Stories

A course by Finbarr O'Reilly
Photojournalist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined September 2021
, Photojournalist

Learn how to research stories and document them through photography to create meaningful and engaging narratives

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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to research stories and document them through photography to create meaningful and engaging narratives

  • 100% positive reviews (72)
  • 2525 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 52m)
  • 16 additional resources (1 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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There are many stories around the world that would remain untold without the illuminating power of photojournalism. Driven to tell those stories is Finbarr O’Reilly, an award-winning photojournalist with over 20 years of experience who has documented conflict, and humanitarian and social issues for publications and organizations like The New York Times and the Nobel Peace Prize.

In this course, he teaches you to create a structured narrative through a sequence of images with visual and emotional impact. Learn to identify, research, and capture your story while upholding ethical considerations. Explore the beauty of human connection and document captivating stories.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Research
  • U3
    U3. The Shooting
  • U4
    U4. Developing and Editing
  • U5
    U5. After the Project Is Finished
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly as he discusses how his career has developed and what motivates him, along with the images and artists that influence his work.

Finbarr goes through the ethical considerations and responsibilities of photojournalism. Then see how to identify and research the subject you’re covering, and explore the essential elements needed to build a story through images.

Explore the fundamental equipment needed to capture important moments of your story. Next, start shooting, as Finbarr teaches you about overcoming obstacles and shares some best practices for photography. Discover how to review your work and organize it to improve the editing process.

Look at some effective digital editing techniques to enhance your photos. Finbarr then guides you on the principles of selecting and sequencing the right images to create your narrative. Learn how to develop a signature style that differs from other photographers.

Prepare your work for sharing with the world and hear Finbarr’s advice on how to approach editors and pitch your stories. End the course with guidance on the responsibilities you have to the subjects of your work and securing positive relations with them.

What is this course's project?

Produce a visually engaging narrative story of at least ten images.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in improving their visual storytelling skills through photography, from professional photographers to those who want to create engaging stories for social media.

Requirements and materials

Some basic knowledge and understanding of photography is required.

In terms of equipment, you will need a camera or a mobile phone with a good quality camera, and access to editing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.


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Finbarr O’Reilly is an award-winning Irish-Canadian photographer and multimedia journalist based in Barcelona, with more than 20 years of experience. He has spent most of his career producing industry-leading coverage of conflict zones, complex humanitarian crises, and issues concerning social justice. He is driven to tell stories that may otherwise be overlooked, represent a range of voices, and challenge preconceived perspectives about people and places, creating a sense of human connection.

Finbarr lived in West and Central Africa for over a decade documenting conflicts in several countries in those areas. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and works for organizations such as the Nobel Peace Prize. He has won numerous awards for his photography and multimedia work including World Press Photo, Laureate Carmignac Photojournalism Award, 2020 Emmy Award, and 2012 Academy Award best documentary shortlist. He’s held academic fellowships at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard universities, and is the author of the nonfiction memoir, Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    The Research

    • Documentary Photographer: Social Responsibility
    • Researching the Subject 1
    • Researching the Subject 2
    • How to Build a Story through Images
  • U3

    The Shooting

    • Materials
    • Shooting the Story 1
    • Shooting the Story 2
    • Shooting the Story 3
    • Reviewing the Story
  • U4

    Developing and Editing

    • Photoshop
    • Editing the Story 1
    • Editing the Story 2
    • Your Signature Style
  • U5

    After the Project Is Finished

    • Pitching Stories to Editors and Publications
    • Documentary Photographer: Responsibilities with a Community
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Photojournalism: Capture Powerful Stories

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Introduction to Photojournalism: Capture Powerful Stories. Photography, and Video course by Finbarr O'Reilly

Introduction to Photojournalism: Capture Powerful Stories

A course by Finbarr O'Reilly
Photojournalist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (72)
  • 2525 students