In my opinion, photos can be an ideal storyteller because they do a better job Telling than Explaining. Let me explain: Good photography captures great moments. They engage the viewer by leading and forcing them to look deeper at the image, learn from it, find the story (or stories). Pictures can say a lot. They can tell an engaging story because of what is there and sometimes what isn’t.
Here are a few tips on how to capture the moments and tell the story. In previous posts, I talked about the function of the composition of the images– the framing and the use of the wide shot, the medium shot, and the close up shot. Although I talk about these types of shots in video– the rules are the same with photography. The only difference (traditional) is photography allows you to shoot in portrait (up and down) and landscape (left to right) modes.
Communicates the location. It provides the users a place, a location, a context.
Communicates the action. It tells the story of what is happening. This is also known as the verb/ action shots.
Communicates detail. It also provides a great opportunity to capture and share expression.
Together– they communicate a clear story. For example, when creating a storyboard– a visualization of text (a script), this helps communicates the story evolution.
For example: While sitting in his Office, overlooking the Blue Mountains, Jim is composing a song with his harmonica.
Shot list from script:
sitting in his Office = Medium shot and a Wide shot
the Blue Mountains = Wide shot
Jim is composing = Medium shot
song, harmonica = Close up shot
CU = around hims office, music notation, Jim playing the harmonica
W, CU = Blue Mountains (variety).
One sentence turns into 6-10 images, photos. Thinking this way can help provide you the framework of what is needed to collect, shoot to help better tell that story.
Now that you’ve taken the images, there’s some post production work that the images need. These is fine tuning that is needed to help pop out the colors, sharpen the image, and add any additional adjustments or affects needed to make the images “pop” and stand out.
I’ll talk about this post production process more in detail in a future post. I’ll talk about how to catalogue and showcase the images in a later post, too.
I hope this helps.