Documentary Photography Projects

A course by Marcos Zegers
Photographer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined April 2019
, Photographer

Create a photography series with a critical eye and personal style

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (163)
  • 3892 students

Create a photography series with a critical eye and personal style



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (163)
  • 3892 students
  • 12 lessons (2h 10m)
  • 16 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Telling stories through photographs to convey ways of life, experiences, and situations from your own perspective is an art form that photographer Marcos Zegers has been refining since he was very young. Through his documentary projects, he acts as a bridge between stories and people. His work has been exhibited in France, Great Britain, China, and Spain. His photographs have also graced the pages of The New York Times and he was awarded a prize at the POY (Picture of the Year) Latam 2019 contest in the environment category.

In this online course, learn how to develop a documentary photography series, building your own story and conveying it visually. Choose a number of urban themes, selecting some that are based on your own city, and convey these through a photography series with Marcos' work methodology.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. From the choice of subject and case, to the field trip
  • U3
    U3. Retouching and publishing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Marcos and learn about his architectural background and how that led him to discover his interest in territory and its scale. He explains how his work gained more strength and social meaning as he carried out documentary projects in places like the Atacama desert and Russia. Find out who his main references are in terms of photography and photo series and discover the different perspectives with which they approach a subject.

Learn about Marcos’ process to create a documentary photo series. Start by analyzing the importance of choosing a subject. Then, do some thorough research before deciding on a specific "case" or subject to photograph and how to approach it.

Once you’ve defined a theme and several subjects, it’s time to plan your first outing. Take some practical considerations on board and decide whether to produce a photography series that narrates through a story or through repetition.

By way of some practical examples, discover how you must face different situations to obtain a genuine result.

Select the images according to Marcos’ advice to portray your subject in the best way. Learn about the main criteria for retouching documentary photographs, thereby reflecting a unique identity.

Now you’re all set to create your own photography series with a critical eye and signature style.

What is this course's project?

Develop a documentary photographic series critiquing a specific theme and create a visual story that can be published in a magazine or contest.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photography enthusiasts and amateurs who seek to develop projects rooted in contemporary documentary photography.

Requirements and materials

You need basic knowledge of photography and Adobe Lightroom or another image editing software.

In terms of materials, you need a camera and a computer with a photo editing program installed.


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Marcos Zegers

A course by Marcos Zegers

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Mark Zegers is a Chilean photographer with a degree in architecture. His documentary photography work focuses mainly on geopolitical and territorial conflicts, which he produces in a contemporary and multidisciplinary style.

Among his projects is an investigation that was published in The New York Times about the young people who left Chile for Russia in 1973 and were unable to return to their country. The long-term project that earned him a POY Latam 2019 award in the environment category is his series focused on the history of extraction (mining) in the Atacama Desert, Chile, and its current relationship with lithium in South America. This visual essay has been exhibited in Chile, Shanghai, and Paris as well as at the AIPAD Photography Show 2019 in New York, the Photo London fair, and as part of World Press Photo's 6x6 program.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    From the choice of subject and case, to the field trip

    • Why is something interesting?
    • What do we photograph?
    • Planning
    • Photographing the case
  • U3

    Retouching and publishing

    • Selecting the images
    • Assembling the photo series
    • Finding the retouching of the series
    • Finding the retouching of the series (part 2)
    • Revealed in LR and export for publication
  • FP

    Final project

    • Documentary photography projects

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Documentary Photography Projects. Photography, and Video course by Marcos Zegers

Documentary Photography Projects

A course by Marcos Zegers
Photographer. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined April 2019
  • 97% positive reviews (163)
  • 3892 students