There is a difference between photography and visual storytelling. It's easy to take a photograph, but it can be more challenging to take a photograph that tells a story. Sometimes pictures are taken in a series, but I prefer to seek out photos that can stand alone. These types of photos draw you in and make you feel like part of the story. Our camera is our tool we use to tell the story....not only capturing a moment in time, but something more.
Want to be a better visual storyteller? Here are some tips:
1. Find a subject you're passionate about. All good storytellers create stories that matter to them. For some people it's showing their travels, for others it's the natural world. For me, my stories revolve around two loves of my life....my children and nature.
2. Paint a picture. Sometimes a picture of a person isn't enough. Showing context around the photo gives more adjectives to your story and becomes more of a descriptive narrative. Not only does the environment add perspective, but it also adds meaning.
3. Keep it simple. When we over think things they become too contrived. A viewer tends to easily escape in a storytelling image, while one that is overworked requires more effort. Simplicity is key. When you let yourself go and follow your own emotion then your image will reflect that.
4. Be on the lookout for details. You all know how much I love little details. It's kind of my thing. Asking yourself what is the story you want to tell? That will lead you to your focus. In the photo above my focus was on the leaf. I didn't need to show her face to tell the story.
5. Find your niche. Find what interests you and create a story.
"There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." J.K. Rowling