Photography Tips - Story Telling
Telling Your Story
Photographs are a form of visual communication. We want our photographs to communicate to the viewer. Everyone expresses himself or herself differently. Photography is one way of expression.
A picture is worth a thousand words - or so the saying goes.
Photographic story telling takes planning and some type of structure. Before you start photographing your story consider what type of shots you might need to tell it. Your story can be a one image story or a longer one. It can be on any topic you'd like.
What is it you want to say with your camera? Try to think about this BEFORE you go on location. There are lots of things to consider when you want to tell a story with your camera, but the first thing is to decide what your goal is and what message you would like to send.
A good story has characters in action with a beginning, middle, and an ending. Detail shots are photos that focus on a very specific detail that help to tell the story. Fillers are the other photos that contribute to telling the story, backgrounds can add a sense of place to your image which is how they enhance your photographic story telling. Keep standards of pictorial beauty, but pack as many story telling elements in one photograph as possible to develop an action.
The more time you spend with your subject, the more opportunities you have to better tell their story and the more possibilities you have to shoot.
Strong storytelling is all about preparation, perspiration, and getting to the essence of your subject. The creativity of building up a story in a photograph can be a difficult task but with practice and keeping the above specific structures in mind, you will be able to generate more interesting photos that will be appreciated by the viewers.
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