What kind of story are you telling as a photographer? Please watch the above video and share your thoughts below in the comments. This experiment was recently posted and I wanted to create some dialogue and discuss how we can grow and learn. The pictures we create have the opportunity to share with the world amazing stories. This video had several photographers shoot one subject. Each photographer was given 10 minutes and a story about who their subject was. Their goal was to create a portrait of the man they were taking a picture of. What … [Read more...] about The Power You Have As A Photographer
In March of 2012, I attended a Photoshop World Pre-Conference Session with Joe McNally and Moose Peterson. We took a trip to the Sully Historic site in Virginia where they planned a civil war reenactment. As the bus pulled around the bend, we were transported back in time! The tents, buildings and all sorts of props were authentic. To top it off, the reenactors took their roles very seriously as they stayed in character for the entire trip. As a special treat, Dr. Russell Brown from Adobe joined us as President Lincoln. It was my job to … [Read more...] about Building a Story : How I Got the Shot
One of my favorite blogs is . While the ladies who run the site are posting information for writers, I often find that what they post could be used by photographers too. Take this post for instance - Find your real story by asking these questions - If you simply think of these questions in terms of photography, you'll find a quicker and better understanding of the concept of photographic storytelling. I'll mash this up and create my own list based on Carol Despeaux's list. # What story do I want to tell? (Because we all have so many stories … [Read more...] about How To Find The Story In Your Photograph
Sorry to beat a dead horse - (no pun intended) but I want to show you this photo one more time because it gave me an idea for a teachable moment. I get lots of questions at Photofocus about story. People hear me say - "Make photographs that tell a story" and end up being confused. "What do you mean tell a story?" they will ask - or "How do you know when your photos tell a story?" This may help clear up some confusion. The simple answer is that you have to know what you're subject is. You have to know what the picture is about. You have to … [Read more...] about What’s The Subject of This Photograph?
The old saying goes; "A picture is worth 1000 words." If that's true, what words are your picture saying? And if you think of your picture as a "story," something I strongly advocate here regularly, it might help to PRE-construct the story and THEN get the picture. Let's start at the beginning. What is your story's headline? What message does it scream? I like to think of this as caption or title first, shot second. It's a technique I've used for years to great effect. I knew I was going to call my photograph "Cranes in the Fire Mist" more … [Read more...] about What if a Picture Really Is Worth One Thousand Words?
I love working with new photographers. I recently had the honor of working with several high school students. They were excited, energetic, full of enthusiasm and willing to learn. They also brought a fresh perspective to photography that amazed me. Talking with all of them I was struck by the similarity of their questions - most having to do with gear. What camera should I buy? How many lenses do I need? Etc. These were followed by questions like - "What should I photograph?" To each of these questions I answered in a way that I am afraid … [Read more...] about Four Little Words – Tell Me Your Story
I have to admit, I am not much of a holiday kind of guy. To me, most holidays are days that I can't get mail, deposit checks at my bank or get people to answer their phone when I need something. But one thing I do like about holidays is the chance to make images that matter. To those of you with families, this is the time to show them that your gear investment can pay off in ways they'll appreciate. Take lots of photos. Lots of em'. And make sure to take this chance to tell a story. Tell the story of your family with pictures. Pretend that you … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving – Don’t Forget the Camera