Story telling photography

We find "pictures stories" in magazines and newspaper. Industry, business and schools also use the "photo essay" as a training aid to show various steps in learning a skill or in describing an event or activity. The technique is about telling a story thru camera.

When you make a picture story it isn't necessary to cover every detail unless you're after a very comprehensive study. Just select the most important aspects. Vary your point of view by shooting from different camera angles and camera-to subject distances. If you use the same angle and distance throughout, the pictures will become extremely monotonous.

The simple story of a bus trip might show an overall view of a bus terminal, close up of peoples boarding the bus, riding, getting off at a rest stop and the road along which the bus travels. Although this is not a complete essay, it does give a viewer an idea of what the bus is like, where it goes, and what kind of people who ride in it. While you can depend upon a picture "caption" to supplement the information provided by individual pictures, the effect of all the pictures together should be to tell a dramatic story that words could only suggest.

Watch for important little symbols which lend to the atmosphere, and tell a great deal. If you are photographing a wedding, a close up of the groom's hand fitting the ring on the bride's finger will be much more effective than a long shot of the ceremony. Try to think the pictures out ahead of time before you tackle an assignment. plan each picture on paper if you can. The "paper plan" will of course be subject to change as different situations present themselves, but you will at least have a general idea of the kind of pictures that you want.

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