Through Visual Language

»Photography is my politics« Vedat Xhymshiti
Copyright 2020 © Vedat Xhymshiti. All Rights Reserved. (Photo: Alicia Daniel)

Photography is a must-have skill and powerful personal tool that can help us connect with the beautifully diverse and colourful world we live in and the magic we have within.

My professional experience influences my syllabus, and it will teach participants of all backgrounds how to produce a beautiful picture, as well as how to use it as a useful tool for any campaign. The workshop will help you enhance your skills and gain the necessary ethical and professional knowledge to nurture and boost your experience and photographic goals, (impact your audiences/viewers and foster positive change).

I have a decade on-the-ground experience in photography (and social activism) that dates back to 2007, starting as a documentary photographer, and later on as a reporter and investigative journalist. I will teach you to visualise “the good, the bad, and the ugly of the truth”.

In addition to editorial and documentary photography, and more than seven years’ experience as a lecturer and tutor in visual media, my courses aim at teaching my students what it takes to improve their techniques to earn money. By the end of this master course, your confidence as a photographer or journalist will soar. You’ll have a thorough understanding of your camera and gear so you can use them to their fullest potential to take unforgettable pictures, be a voice to the voiceless and start successful photography as well as a journalistic career with determination.

Transforming Lives

© 2006-2020 – v xhymshiti. All Rights reserved.

By connecting with students from all over the world, our knowledge has thrived. We can confirm that since 2017 our founder Vudi Xhymshiti has been helping individuals in the field of photography and visual journalism to reach their goals and pursue their dreams.

Talent is universal, but opportunities are not. With access to our online learning platform, anyone, anywhere can gain skills and transform their lives in meaningful ways.

The world’s best teachers aren’t always found in universities or classrooms.

We are passionate about sharing our knowledge and helping students. We are the experts who stay active in our field in order to deliver the most up-to-date content.

Regardless of your field of studies, if you are a person that cares about people’s politics, sports, religion, culture, money and their warfare business, and you’d like to be the recorder of the humanity’s deeds, the keeper of our conscience, the courier of our news, a person that would like to be looking for strength and assistance through visual journalism to be able to help humanity to be what it was born to be: responsible, free and independent, you are on the right spot.

Our one-to-one and a group of up to five people online courses are tailored for you from our field experience in covering stories across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe as well as our academic earned knowledge from Kosovo, to London, New York and Washington in the field of news, editorial as well as documentary and conflict photography.

Conflict Reporting Guide Programme

© VX Pictures 2007

Our teaching programs will help you enhance your skills and gain the necessary ethical and professional knowledge to nurture and boost your experience and photographic goals.

Our programs are suitable for people of all levels of knowledge – from beginners to master level classes.

Our expertise in sharing knowledge will help you develop innate skills of interactions that I have honed and fine-tuned through my own experience.

We will teach you to interact effectively and diplomatically in any given circumstance. We will help you develop amazing abilities to work independently and handle pressure and stress with good humour.

In addition, you will learn how to apply due-diligence and coordinate your projects. This will ensure that you will always be able to plan thoroughly in advance and implement your projects carefully and seamlessly.

Our excellent and proven organisational and project management skills will give you the tools to be able to plan and organise your assignments, coordinating each activity and project within the time frame set by the client, working firmly within a framework of human and professional ethics.

Courses Available

It is my duty to encourage and assist all members of our profession, individually and collectively, so that the quality of photojournalism may constantly be raised to higher standards. Among the topics, I will be teaching you about image theft, photo plagiarism; and photo manipulation, its consequences and benefits.

Relationships with sources require the utmost in sound judgment and self-discipline to prevent the fact or appearance of partiality. Even though this topic defies hard and fast rules, it is essential that we preserve a professional detachment, free of any whiff of bias. As e member of the press, you must obey the law in the pursuit of news. You may not break into buildings, homes, apartments or offices in pursuit of the news. With me, you have the opportunity to learn the quality of ethical journalism, during an online one-to-one course or with a group of friends, or colleagues.

This is a set of 3 contact hours which lasts 240 minutes. It is optional if you’d like to choose it as course with production and mentorship to further develop yourself if you have a goal more than just learning to produce beautiful photographs and learn how to edit them and keep them safe.

  • Introduction to Photography; Composition and the Rule of Thirds.
  • Portrait and Street Photography; Digital Workflow and Asset Management.
  • Post Production & further mentorship (optional offers that we can discuss).
  • How to build a Photo-Story.
  • How to pick a subject and.
  • How to research it.

What filters to apply; and what questions should be answered, how to fully and effectively investigate a subject, how to introduce it photographically etc.

It is a course with practice and an optional choice of production. All my courses are suitable for people of all levels of knowledge – from beginners to master level classes.

    • What is documentary photography?
    • What is a long-term documentary photography project?

What is Journalism, and the difference between photographer, press, photojournalist and documentary photographer; Why is it important to understand the scope of each and how to define them?

My syllabus is specifically tailored to help you understand the underlying political and social values that have driven government policies for the past decade, and the continuing impact of that political narrative. My counter-narrative and understanding of the world gleaned from my extensive global experience which will aid you in clarifying and solidifying your social justice goals for a better society.

What you will learn in this course?

  1. What is Photography & Activism?
  2. What is Social Activism?
  3. What is Journalism, and the difference between social activists and journalists; and why is it important to understand the scope of each and how to define them?
  • Risks and opportunities;
  • How to visualise your campaign?
  • Ethics.
  • Campaigning.
    • How to prepare your campaign;
    • How to recruit (or attract?) supporters for your cause;
    • How to effectively execute (or implement) your campaign?
  • Social Media Campaigning,
  • How to campaign using photography;
  • Social Activist duties and results?

This is a workshop that requires 18 hours and it can be delivered in various options of days and hours, including with or without production.

  • You will know how to take amazing photos that impress your family, friends and editors.
  • You will know how the camera truly works, so you can take better photos using manual settings.
  • You will know how to photograph in different scenarios like family portraits, events, news, documentary, and reportage.
  • You will know how to compose images beautifully with basic photography rules.
  • You will know how to edit and manage your pictures like a professional.
  • You will know how to make money with photography.
  • You will know how to take better pictures even with smartphones.
  • I offer a standard one hour (or at least 50 minutes) online or room class period or more for each individual and group customer(s). Eight hours of a workshop course can be delivered in two options:

    • in 2 days, four hours a day each day.
    • in 2 days, six hours per day.
    • in 4 weeks, two hours a day each week.
    • in 3 weeks, six hours per two days of the week, 3 hours per day.

To get a quote, please get in touch. Online and Classroom course prices vary and they are calculated at your expense.

  • Be 16+ years of age,
  • Have a Photo Camera or mobile phone camera.
  • Have a notebook & Pen.
  • Have a laptop.

You should be excited to learn photography, and ready to take action. No fancy camera is required, having a camera will help you learn as I prompt you with practice activities. No prior knowledge of photography is required – if you are an absolute beginner.

Explore mentorship programme opportunities with me

With over sixty students enrolled and accomplished their journey throughout my mentorship programmes from 2017, you’re welcome to join the first 20 students and enjoy the benefit of 10% discount on my Photography, Journalism and Conflict Reporting programmes for 2020/2021 academic year.