Creating Deeper Documentary Imagery

with Chuck Anerino

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mastering proven processes which enable photographers to consistently create content-rich documentary images

DFP presents - an in-depth and interactive 12 Week Mentored Workshop experience:

 "Creating Deeper Documentary Imagery" with Chuck Anerino


starts July 8, 2019


Learn how to compose critical elements of chaotic scenes by infusing elements of composition and layers into your work, ensuring subjects are communicated clearly and universally to viewers.  Learn to dissect images with these elements to determine how, if and why they work. Finally, demonstrate mastery of the taught techniques by completing a culminating project with a mini essay in a cinematic fashion. 

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“Creating Deeper Documentary Images” is a twelve-week, intense, assignment-based program with the ultimate goal of mastering proven processes that will help photographers create deeper, content-rich documentary images on a consistent basis.  WE CANNOT IMPROVE IF WE DO NOT PUT IN THE WORK!

  • The course will begin with an overview of how to approach and assess scenes, lens choice, and aperture choice before shooting begins. Students will learn how to compose critical elements of chaotic scenes so that subjects are communicated clearly and universally to viewers.

  • Students will learn how to infuse elements of composition and layers into their photography as well as dissect images with these elements to determine how, if, and why they work.

  • Finally, students will demonstrate mastery of the taught techniques by completing a culminating project with a mini essay in a cinematic fashion.



A live class will be lead by Chuck via Video Google Hangout (or similar) six times over the course of twelve weeks (approximately every two weeks). Active attendance and participation is crucial to student success. Students will be given assignments in class and will have approximately ten days to complete and submit their work (via Dropbox).

Individual classes will be divided into two sessions: Seminar and Instruction.

Seminar will focus on student work from the prior assignment complete with group critique and Instruction will focus on learning a new concept and introduction of the next assignment. Video classes are expected to last approximately three hours.

Students will be emailed the lesson plan and presentation from each lesson.  Each session will be recorded and available to students via a Dropbox link.

A closed, private Facebook group will be created for students of this course.  This is a fantastic spot for students to ask questions, discuss topics from the lessons, and post images for feedback.  This network of support is invaluable while working through such an intense curriculum.

Additionally, students will have three 30 minute one on one conferences with Chuck throughout the course.  Two conferences will be during the class (about ⅓ and ⅔ through) and one will be an “exit interview” where students will give feedback on the course.

DURATION: 12 weeks

CAPACITY: 12 students

COST:  €1200 for DFP Directory Listed Photographers (with the 15% off discount code)

    €1412 for non-DFP Listed Photographers 

(cost starts at Circa US$1330 depending on current exchange rate)                       

Payment Plans Available: see below for details

If you are not already a DFP Directory Listed Photographer and you want to be, you can join us here!

PREREQUISITES: Students must be driven to create strong documentary images. Students should have an understanding of the “rules” of Family Documentary Photography and must have a solid command of the technical aspects of a manual camera (manual exposure preferred).


  • General Approach To Documentary Shooting: “Slow Down, Stop Down, Sit Down”

  • Defining What Makes a Strong Documentary Image

  • Finding Solid Image to Ground Relationships (making images more readable)

  • Effectively Using Layers (creating images with more depth)

  • Incorporating Elements of Composition

  • Learning to Shoot Cinematically

  • Developing Long Term Personal Projects

  • And more...


When he’s not behind the camera, Chuck’s career has been in secondary education for the past eighteen years where he has worked as a Social Studies teacher, Photography teacher, and is currently a full time Dean of Students for a Philadelphia public high school. During this time, Chuck has created two high school photography programs and has inspired the next generation of photographers for the past eleven years. He is a proud husband and father to three sons, ages 7-13. You can see his personal work at www.anerinooriginals.com and www.anerinooriginals.com/personal

More about Chuck, here.


*This cost of this workshop may vary depending on discount codes for listed photographers and payment plan options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What makes this mentored workshop so great?

This workshop has been developed to be student-centered and assignment-based with the idea that participants bring a wide array of experiences with them as they learn. It’s these experiences and perspectives that will allow for us to gain a deeper understanding to the course and ultimately our own work. The strength in any classroom is it’s students. Students will drive the conversation, ask the pressing questions, and push one another past their limits.

+ Do I have to be online at a certain time everyday?

Students are not required to report online everyday. There will be six virtual (video meeting) classes during the 12 week course that will be at a specific time. Students will get the most out of the course by participating in these six classes. A schedule for these classes will be agreed upon at the start of the course.

Although daily online check-ins are not required, it is recommended that students regularly work on their assignments in order to get the most out of the experience. Chuck will be available in between classes to answer any questions students may have.

+ Do I have to be a listed photographer in order to enroll in a course?

No, but if you are, you get 15% off of the course/workshop enrollment price with the secret listed photographer code. If you would like to add your listing to the directory, you can do so here.

+ How many spots are available?

This mentored workshop is limied to 16 students to ensure an in depth experience and so adequate feedback can be provided to participants.

+ How is the course content delivered?

The workshop takes place via an online education platform and new content is rolled out at the beginning of each week. The workshop content is a mixture of videos, pdfs, worksheets/exercises/assignments, screenshares, etc. all available to view via the education platform and/or for download.

+ How long will I have access to the course content?

Access to the course content will be available on the education platform for 3 months from the last day of of the course/workshop. You are able to download the content/materials for your personal use.

+ What happens once I enroll?

Once you enroll, you will receive an automated order confirmation email. Approximately one week before the workshop begins, you will receive further instructions about how to access the education platform and any other necessary information about the workshop