Sunday, April 15, 2007

04/14/07: Storytelling Photography

Photojournalistic or candid style photography has grown in popularity over the last several years. As a photographer there are ways to develop (sorry, photo-pun) or improve your photojournalistic shooting.

One easy way to help train your eye for shooting the details of story-telling photographs is to start speaking the things that you see. Say for instance you are going for a nature walk in a botanical garden. What does your eye see? If you see purple flowers, verbalize that -- "I see purple flowers." And then start to think in terms of just photographing what you see on your walk. You'll start to notice more things as you train yourself to speak out what you see in your story. If it's a soccer game -- you'll notice some things that are less obvious...sweat, divets in the grass, a coach or parent yelling at a player. :)

To take it to the next need to start noticing whether what you are photographing are nouns (a bumble bee, soccer cleats, a bride's veil), verbs (bumble bee flying, soccer cleat kicking the ball, bride peaking out of her vail), or adjectives (painful bee sting, jubilant soccer players, crying mother of the bride when seeing the bride's face after her veil is lifted).

The more adjectives you shoot, the greater the likelihood that your photographs will be story-telling photojournalistic images.

Even if you aren't specifically shooting images -- just try naming the things you would photograph (wherever it is you are) and pay attention to whether you are shooting the nouns, the verbs, or the adjectives (bonus points if you shoot the adverbs! LOL)

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Blogger Michael said...

That's a really interesting perspective, thinking of your shot as being a noun, verb, or adjective (or adverb if you're really clever). I've been wanting to take more storytelling photos, but seems like it usually ends up being boring nouns sprinkled with a few verbs here and there.

I'd be really interested to read more tips and information on shooting "adjective" photos and how to find people/subjects for those settings.

8:43 AM, May 08, 2007  

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