What had been previously discussed will give you a good grounding in how to construct a well executed picture story. There are however other considerations that could and should be thought about whilst shooting pictures which are mentioned in six points below:
- Composition/Content: Composition is critical in creating a powerful image but it also has to have content. A good picture which has no relevance to the story will only confuse the viewer and devalue your whole story.
- Lens Use: It is possible to shoot a whole story using just one lens but there is the danger that all the pictures will look the same with no dynamism. Using wide angle lenses, zoom lenses as well as your standard lens will give greater impact, feel and pace to your pictures.
- Depth of Field: As well as changing lenses also change the depth of field as often as possible. Throw backgrounds out of focus in some pictures and not always when expected. Experiment…..
- Wide/Close Shots: Don’t stand the same distance from each of your objects. To have ‘pace’ a story needs to change viewpoint every other picture to keep the viewer interested. This can be achieved by physically standing at different distances and heights but also by using the above two methods. Everything is interlinked….
- Filler Shots: Sometimes you will just see something unusual which maybe you didn’t plan on using or seeing but is relevant to the context of the story. These can sometimes end up being your best shots.
- Captions: No matter how good a photographer you are, a story will always need a small introduction outlining the history and context of the story. Also each picture should be well captioned with at least Who, What, Where, When, Why information on it.
Everything that has been discussed so far will be good practice in learning how to create a powerful, informative and entertaining picture story. There is no substitute for shooting pictures and only by pushing yourself and trying out new objects and ways of working will you improve. Once you feel you are comfortable with the different elements of the traditional picture story, experiment and start breaking the rules of convention to see what turns up. There really are no set rules once you are competent in the basics and this is when you will start to produce your most exciting and intriguing images.
I hope this article will at least give beginner photographers some tips on photography skill. I will try the best I can to share what I know. Feel free to share and ask in the comments section for improving our photography together.
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