Online Class

Narrative Photography: Storytelling with Photo Essays


Go on location to capture and curate shots that reveal the unique story of your subject!

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Mike Hill
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Go behind the scenes on two Las Vegas photo shoots with professional photographer Mike Hill, and learn how to create captivating photo essays from start to finish. Navigate on-location demands, and collaborate with subjects for candid, authentic photos. Effectively frame compelling shots using compositional principles, and learn when and how to adjust available light with on and off-camera flash and affordable modifiers. Then, enjoy step-by-step guidance through Adobe Lightroom to quickly narrow down hundreds of photos to a small collection of shots that reveal your subject’s story.

Lesson Breakdown

1. What is Narrative Photography?
Mike offers recommendations on pre-shoot planning and shares photos from his portfolio as he explains how to tell a person's story through striking imagery.
2. Shooting Process: Indoors
3. Environmental Portraiture
4. Shooting Process: Outdoors
5. Organizing Photos in Lightroom
6. Editing Photos in Lightroom

Taught by

Mike Hill
Mike Hill
Mike Hill shoots commercial, editorial and fine art photography. He has produced award-winning photo essays, and has a background as a Photo Editor and Art Director. His photographs have been honored by Paris Prix de la Photographie, PDN, National Geographic and American Photo. Mike teaches college workshops on Adobe Lightroom, and is now bringing his expertise to Craftsy!
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