Pulitzer Center Update

Teaching Photography Techniques With Everyday Africa

From the Everyday African Instagram feed (@everydayafrica): "A man visits from his boat in Iwaya—a neighborhood partially on stilts in the black waters of the Lagos Lagoon—in Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2013." Image by Allison Shelley. Nigeria, 2013.

From the Everyday African Instagram feed (@everydayafrica): "A man visits from his boat in Iwaya—a neighborhood partially on stilts in the black waters of the Lagos Lagoon—in Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2013." Image by Allison Shelley. Nigeria, 2013. 

How can students tell powerful stories through photography? In two videos created as part of the Everyday DC educational programming, photojournalist and Everyday Africa contributor Allison Shelley introduces techniques that professional photographers use to capture compelling images. 

Everyday Africa: Telling Stories With Photographs

In this video, Shelley describes the different types of shots—action, detail, landscape, and portrait—that journalists use to better communicate a story.

Everyday Africa: Photography Techniques

In this following video, Shelley delves deeper into various photography techniques that students can use in "Everyday Africa: Photography Techniques," highlighting how photographers can use color, angle, repeating elements, symmetry and light to capture the reader's attention.

Designed in collaboration with DC Public Schools, Everyday DC is a middle school visual arts unit inspired by Everyday Africa, a photography project started by Pulitzer Center grantees Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill that aims to dispel common stereotypes of life in Africa. Since its inception in March 2012, Everyday Africa has inspired numerous “everyday” feeds across the world and in schools across America. Students participating in Everyday DC are tasked with documenting their everyday life in Washington, D.C., writing descriptive captions, and curating the photos for the annual exhibition held at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. 

For more information on the Everyday DC project and other Pulitzer Center education initiatives, please email education@pulitzercenter.org