Storytelling through photos, journalism, etc


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Storytelling through photos, journalism, etc

  1. 1. Storytelling through Photography
  2. 2. Copyright NoticePresentation originally developed by a fellow ATPI Teacherand modified by Drew LokerAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SAThis presentation is for educational purposes only. No money is being madeand is provided with similar allowances for other educatorsto use for non-profit, educational purposes.Images are from various sources, including many of my own.If you would like to high res images I have shot, please for various work online.If you are the original author of any of the samples, pictures, text, etc.please let me know if you object to the usage and I willremove your material promptly.Photo by Drew Loker
  3. 3. Photostories are Helpful with…MagazinesNewspapersBrochuresCollages for Wall andArt Displays –Triptych and DiptychWebpages likeFacebookBusiness Sales andTrainingDances, like PromWeddingsPartiesCrawfishcook outsAnniversariesAny special occasionSportsVideosEtc.
  4. 4. Events that transcend yearsThis is a collection from threetrips to the Wall of Water, greatLandmark to visit.
  5. 5. Why use images?Illustrate – somestories need illustrationSometimes the imageis the storyEmote – add visualemotionBalance – overall lookof pageKeep your audienceinterestedThe picture above is one of many I took from the MS150 Bike Ride from Houston toAustin to raise money for the fight to cure Multiple Sclerosis, a disease my mother-in-lawsuffered from for 10 years. It wasn’t a fatal disease, but it was debilitating such that shewas unable to move most of her body the last 5 years of her life.
  6. 6. What makes a good Photo StoryBeginningHow did it get startedMiddleWhat kinds of details made the eventhappenEndingWhat is a good parting shotWith all of the above, get GOOD photos!!Be sure to take NOTES while shooting…get names, writedown what they are doing. FB: Captions and Tag people
  7. 7. Keep Your Camera ReadyYou neverknowwhensomethingis going tohappen.Get in thehabit ofhavingyourcamerawith youHave itready forgeneralshooting.
  8. 8. Keep It Simple:Get CloseYou wastetime anddistract theviewer whenyou arefarther fromyour subjectthan youneed to be.
  9. 9. Moving in focuses the viewer’s vision
  10. 10. Getting close involves the viewer with your subject
  11. 11. Distracting Surroundings…
  12. 12. are simplified by Getting Close
  13. 13. Keep People BusyAvoidStatic,PosedGroupPhotos
  14. 14. Show People Doing SomethingPeople inaction are moreinteresting.We not onlysee them, wesee theminteracting andwe begin to geta story.
  15. 15. Show People Doing Something!
  16. 16. Watch for interaction betweenpeople: eye contact
  17. 17. Keep the Background Simple:Look At Edges
  18. 18. Frame foreground elements withbackground elements
  19. 19. Simplify theBackgroundby throwing itout of focus
  20. 20. Look for anUnusual Pointof View thathelps tell thestory
  21. 21. ConsiderGettingAbovetheSituation
  22. 22. Look for“Frames” tohelp tell moreabout thelocation.
  23. 23. Include foreground objects as a frame
  24. 24. Composition: The Rule of thirds
  25. 25. Rule of Thirds
  26. 26. Don’t always use Horizontal
  27. 27. Turn YourCamera toget aVertical
  28. 28. Practice Your Timing
  29. 29. Timing:Can you seeeveryone’sface?
  30. 30. Strong sunlight creates toomuch contrastState the purpose of the discussionIdentify yourself
  31. 31. Use yourflash tolightenforeground
  32. 32. The interview and people shooting others are partthe story and of history.
  33. 33. Whose story is it?In theHeritage Project,the documentarianis part of the story.
  34. 34. Elements to considerStorySubjectLocationCompositionPerspective
  35. 35. StoryPlan your photos asyou would plan thestoryPlan to relate thephoto to the storyBe flexible – if thephoto suggests adifferent hook for theweb story - go with it.
  36. 36. LocationHow will locationaffect your shotsHow will time of dayadd or detractHow much time totake your shots
  37. 37. SubjectWhat is the subject ofthe storyDoes the subjectmake a good photoPeople make betterphotos than things
  38. 38. CollagesUsing multiplephotos to tell thestory.A picture may beworth a 1,000 words,but sometimes youneeds more than1,000 words.Photography iscapturing the DecisiveMomentCollages help showthe ExtendedMoment.
  39. 39. Creating a Collage in PicasaMaking acollage allowsyou to take anevent andcompress itdown to oneimage.Select yourimages andselect “CreateCollage”.
  40. 40. CollagesDiptychs.A diptych is aphotograph that usestwo different oridentical images sideby side to form oneartistic statement.
  41. 41. Collages
  42. 42. Mosaics
  43. 43. Others, Surealism, IllustrationsPhotos by Miguel Perez, West Brook Photo Student
  44. 44. ExpansionsThis is actuallya collage ofimages verycarefullystitchedtogether to giveSUPER shallowDoF with aWIDE field ofview.Photo by Miguel Perez, West Brook Photo Student