- Make Sure Your Photographs Tell a Story
- 50 Top Portraits of a Photographer’s Career (Video)
- The Unique Beauty of Joshua Tree Captured Through Timelapse Photography (Video)
Posted: 09 Feb 2014 11:09 PM PST
Today’s photo tip–make sure all of your photos tell a story–is easy to understand but not so easy to put into practice. The good news is that, like anything else, it gets easier and better with experience.
In an interview, military photographer of the year, Master Sergeant Jeremy Lock, said that he looks for two things in a photograph: a face and a story. Admittedly, anyone can stumble on a lucky shot where everything falls into place and they win a bunch of awards, but Master Sgt. Lock has won the military photographer of the year six years in a row; he obviously knows what it takes!
Today, we will discuss the storytelling aspect of an award winning photo. This concept is so important that I wanted to talk about it a bit and give you a photo training project.
An award winning image needs more than good exposure, sharp focus, and so on. It needs a story. Something that will engage the viewer and make him or her want to keep looking at the photo–and possibly even get some personal meaning from it. The problem is that it’s difficult to get this quality into your art. It takes being aware that a story is needed and the ability to find that story.
Here’s a project that may help you put the storytelling concept into your photography. For the next few weeks, every time you think about it, look around and ask, “If I had to take only one picture of this, what would be the ideal way to communicate exactly what is happening?” Once you’ve decided the best way to communicate what is happening, ask yourself, “What is the least I could show that would clearly indicate what is happening?” In other words, first try to find the defining image, then strengthen it by eliminating extraneous details.
Do this exercise while at home, at work, driving to and from work, walking the dog–whenever you think of it. Eventually, looking for the story and finding the best way to visually tell the story will become a habit, and it will start to show up in your art.
However, without a thorough grounding in the basics, you cannot hope to master the more advanced concepts. So, of course we’re assuming you know how to get your concepts into the camera with aperture, exposure, composition, and so on. Art can’t happen if you are struggling with the technical details. They have to be almost second nature. If you feel you are weak in these basic areas do whatever you can to learn to control your camera. Practice, take courses, or get a friend to help out.
In the meantime start looking at everything around you as a photo story, then decide how you could best tell that story in one photograph.
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Posted: 09 Feb 2014 02:32 PM PST
It’s not often a master photographer sits down and talks about his journey becoming a photographer and shares a wealth of information with whomever is interested in learning, but that is just what Gregory Heisler has done in the informative two-hour video that you can watch here:
“They had just come back from some remote part of China photographing the oldest known human footprint. You have to appreciate the reason they hired this guy, he’s not shooting aerials over Rio,they flew him to China to photograph a piece of dirt. That’s the true test of a photographer, if you can make a piece of dirt come alive and tell a story–that’s what they are hiring him for.”
Some of the sage advice Heisler shares in the video reflects his feelings on lighting. Heisler suggests that when shooting portraits, to make it look at natural as possible. As a fan of window light, he tries to make his photos appear as though he just happened to be there with great light, such as in the portrait of Bruce Springsteen (above).
This masterclass is directed towards his new book: 50 Portraits
Go to full article: 50 Top Portraits of a Photographer’s Career (Video)
Posted: 09 Feb 2014 12:32 PM PST
The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) is an iconic species–found only in the southwestern United States–which embodies the beauty of the desert. Sung Jin Ahn‘s award-winning timelapse video pays tribute to the trees, depicting their splendor in a variety of desert scenes:
After reading that the Joshua tree may be endangered by climate change, and that it might even be eliminated from the national park that bears its name, Ahn was inspired to capture the trees’ beauty in their current natural habitat.
Shooting at Joshua Tree over the course of a year with a Canon 5D Mark III, Ahn created a breathtaking film that immortalizes the trees, despite what their future may hold.
No additional words or information is needed in the video– the trees and the desert speak for themselves.
Go to full article: The Unique Beauty of Joshua Tree Captured Through Timelapse Photography (Video)
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