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Storytelling With Photos

Storytelling With Photos

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STORYTELLINGWITHPHOTOS
Basiccomposition
Atitsessence,photographycanbeusedtoconveycomplexemotionsorstories.Thephrase,“Apictureisworthathousandwords,”ringstrue.Youcanuseaseriesofpicturestotellyourstory,orjustoneortwophotoscanaccompanyawrittenarticle,blogorvideo.Andthankstopoint-and-shootcamerasandsmartphones,wecaneasilytakephotographs.Camerastodayaremuchmoreintelligentthancamerasofyearspast.Theyactlikeminiaturecomputers,calibratingthemselvesforavarietyoflightingsituations.Ifyouarenewtodigitalphotography,thereisnoneedtobeintimidated.Letthecameraworkforyou.Forthebeginnerphotographer,thecamera’sautomaticsettingswillusuallyobtainthebestpossibleimageforyou.Tocaptureastorywithphotos,showsomeaction.Wedon’tmeansomeonejumpingoffofaburningbuilding(althoughadmittedlythatwouldmakeforaninterestingimage),butactioninthesensethatpeoplearedoingsomething.Thisalsoisknownasacandidshot.Forexample,ifweinterviewawomanwholikesridingbicycles,takeaphotoofherridingabicycleratherthanposinginfrontofabicycleatrest.
Selectiveeyeofthecamera
Haveyoueverseenafilmdirectorlookingatascenethoughhishands?Everwonderwhathe'sdoing?He'stryingtolookatthescenethroughthelens.He’sremovingallthedistraction.Whenyoutakeaphoto,youaredeterminingwhattheaudiencewillsee.Theframingofyoursubjectcancreatetension,orasenseofcalm,andyoucancaptureahostofdifferentemotionsinbetween.Werespondemotionallytoelementslike
lines,patterns
and
symmetry
.
 
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Depthoffield
isanotherevocativetechniqueforphotography.Mostofthesephotosrelyonmoreadvancedcamerasandlenses,andtheycapturethedistancebetweenobjects,andthecontrastofsharpnesstoblurriness.Bypurposefullyforcingpartsofyourimageoutoffocus,youchangetheaudience’sperspectiveoftheimage.Photographsalsomaycapturearangeof
emotions
.Alowcameraanglelookingupwardcanmaketheviewerfeelsmall.Overheadshotsmayprovideasenseofpower.Veryclosebecomesamoreintimatephoto.
 
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 Action
isanothercrucialelementtophotography.Althoughsportsphotosprovideasenseofaction,thenotionofactioncanbeappliedtootherscenarios,likepeopletalkingorengaginginsomesortofactivity.Ourgoalingoodnewsphotographyistoavoidthe
gripandgrin
orposedshotofpeoplesmiling(below).Donotputyoursubjectsdeadcenterintheframe.It’sourhumantendencyforsymmetrythatencouragesustocenterthingsup,butthe
ruleofthirds
willhelpyourphotographsbecomemorepleasingtotheeye.Thinkofthephotoframeasathreebythreegridandplacethefocalpointofthephotoalongtheselinesorangles.

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