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How to Make a Photo Essay

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How to Make a Photo Essay

with Ted Manasa


Have you ever taken hundreds of photos on a trip, birthday party, or other important event and not know what to do with them afterward? Have you ever wanted to chronicle your children growing up, your parents growing old, or an important milestone in your life with pictures but not know how? In this class, you will learn how to combine words and sequences of photos to tell deep, complete stories about the things that are most worth remembering - the people and the experiences that make up your life.

Please register early, within 5 days of the start date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation. 

Topics Covered

  • The elements of a photo essay
  • How to shoot to tell a story
  • How to define your story and find your themes
  • Selecting the right photos to tell the best story
  • How to sequence your story and images
  • What tools to use to assemble words and images
  • Exercise with your own photos


This class is suitable for all photographic skill levels.


This class will start photographers on the journey to create rich stories by combining words and images. Students will learn how to shoot a set of photos to fulfill their narrative or find a narrative within a set of photos. Students will learn the basic elements of a good photo essay and how to construct one from their own lives.

Required Equipment

  • Notepad and pen.
  • 20-30 photos (digital or printed) from one trip or event.

Schedule and Format

The class will be delivered as a lecture with examples and explanations. Students will see how the topics and concepts covered are applied to the instructor’s own work. The instructor will answer questions throughout the presentation to help deepen student understanding. At the end, students will go through a short exercise to apply their knowledge to their own photos.

About the Instructor

Ted Manasa is a local Austin photographer who has taken hundreds of thousands of photos, written over 50,000 words, and published nearly 30 long-form visual essays about places as far off as New Zealand, Botswana, and Cambodia, and as diverse a set of activities as snowboarding, scuba diving, and swimming with dolphins. Ted’s photo essay site,, has received over 500,000 visits. Ted is on a mission to re-establish his family’s visual history with photo essays since a war and a flood wiped out most of their photographs.


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