Next projects: Images on social media (Sept. 29)
• Images on social media: Shoot a series of photo images that relate to
your storyline and post to a professional social media account.
• You must post at least 15 images. Select five of them for grading and
send the link (Instagram recommended).
• Edit them using Adobe Photoshop or social media editing tool.
• Provide strong captions that let the viewer know what is happening in
• They will be evaluated on the basis of: story development, technical
competency, originality, composition, visual interest, color, lighting.
Next projects: Audio slide story (Oct. 20)
1. Photos: Even 5 pictures make a story. Examples we see will have
over 20. I ask you to do at least 7 photos.
2. Time: 1:30 to 2 minutes is the standard.
3. Audio: More than 3 different types audio files.
*Examples: narration, interview, music, natural sound, sound track from
4. Titles and captions.
5. Photos should have movements (pan & zoom).
You can do the image assignment as an
Or, you can do the assignment as part of
audio slide project.
Photos can tell a
story that words
Watch how Reuter told
a story about the
blizzard in 2013.
And how one photo
claimed the front page
of major news papers.
Flood in Venice Italia,
what image can you think of? (from abc.com)
Photos can tell you more
• This guy took a photo every time he saw
someone reading a book on the subway
• As part of a project called “last book”, to
make a point that reading printed books is
a beautiful human behavior that will not be
around for long.
Types of camera shots.
1. When shooting still images, look for different camera shots. To build
a complete story, or a sequence, you have to capture different
aspects of an object.
2. Commonly used shots are – wide shot (WS), medium shot (MS),
Close-up (CU), Reaction shot (RS), Point of view (POV).
3. There are other types of shots too. The full range of shot types are
introduced by mediacollege.com.
4. Note that this typology is a convention commonly used in photo,
video, film and television industries.
The five shot rule: the most common formula of stitching up
different camera shots to construct a story. (Source: Poynter
Institute, 5 types of photos that make for strong photo essays)
Shot 1. The scene setter
• Use Wide shot (WS) or
Extreme wide shot
• Where is your story
• What does it look like?
• What is the mood of the
place? (Think of audio
to go with it)
Shot 2: Connect
• Use Medium shot (MS)
• The spot of your action
• The character connects
with the setting.
• The area of the building or
town where your subjects
• This shot narrows your
story’s field of view and
should bring you closer in
Shot 3: the
• Close up (CU)
• Who is your main subject
and what does he or she
• This can be a traditional
head and shoulders shot
or a wider shot that shows
• It’s always best to take a
variety of portrait shots.
Shot 4. Capturing
• Extreme close up shot (ECU)
• Detail shots work especially well
for transitions, but can have great
storytelling potential all their own.
• What are the pictures on someone’s
desk? What books are they
reading? What’s that post card they
have tacked to the wall?
• All of these things tell us a little
bit about our subject.
• Medium close up, Over the
shoulder, or point of view shot.
• Action shots show your subject
doing something — this shot may
be your theme.
• This is the shot some
photographers spend an entire
shoot trying to perfect, often
amounting to the same shot being
taken 30 times.
• Photos of your subject in action are
essential in your story.
• Let’s watch the whole story. It is
an NPR project called Health care
Tips for photographers in action
(Kobre, Multimedia storytelling, pp. 121-122)
• Shoot continuously
• Build up an event and capture the closure (Arrive early and remain till the last guest
• Watch for transitions (entering the building…leaving the room)
• Frame horizontally (especially for cell phone cameras)
• Copy photos to capture history(from albums, refrigerators, or walls)
• Compose the image (include some extra spaces on the edges)