Sunday, November 11, 2007

11/11/07: The "establishing scene" shot...


If you photograph in the documentary or photojournalistic style in any way, shape or form, you should be to include 'establishing scene' shots in your images of the event you are shooting. Establishing scene shots are self-explanatory -- think in terms of Seinfeld episodes where the outside shot of the corner diner is shown before they cut to scenes insdie the diner -- yet, all too often, photographers neglect to capture quick shots of the venue or location where an event is being held. These establishing scene shots help to define chapters of the album, slideshow or scrapbook you intend for displaying the images.


So take a few minutes to consider the "place" -- the scene setter images -- to help design the presentation of your documentary images.


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