Photo Workshop preview

I’m excited about the upcoming annual Talmadge Moore LeGrand
Photojournalism Workshop. Last year’s event brought in coaches Eric Seals and Renée Ittner McManus.

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Carolina student Cole Lowery gets feedback about his workshop photos from coach Lisa Krantz, staff photographer at the San Antonio Express News. Photo by Denise McGill

This year there is a bit of a twist. The Democratic Presidential Primaries in South Carolina take place on Saturday Feb. 29. Students in the Long Form Photo Story class are documenting the race. Their coverage culminates in a weekend workshop Feb. 28 – March 1, during the most intensive period of the elections.

Students are assigned to teams with coaches who are professional photojournalists. Their coaches look over their images, go out into the neighborhoods, whatever is necessary to build storytelling skills. Class works out of a basecamp on campus where we download images, eat meals and review projects. There will be “photo reviews” where the whole group gathers to critique the images of the day.

On Sunday after the elections, students and coaches work together to edit photos in earnest. Each student will turn in a photo gallery with extended captions to be published as a special report on the Journalism School’s website.


King Day at the Dome in Columbia, SC. Photo by Carolina student Rachel Smith

Students are already photographing the candidates and volunteers across the state. The workshop hours are a bit different from standard times so that students can photograph political events on Friday and Saturday evenings. Coaches will help edit in four blocks: 2/28 Friday 5 – 9 pm, 2/29 Saturday 10 am – 3 pm, 2 pm – 8 pm, and 3/1 Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. I hope coaches can attend the whole event, but they are also welcome to join us for part of the weekend if their schedule is limited.

It’s almost time for the fun to begin!




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I take pictures and teach other people how to do it, too.
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