Posts Tagged ‘storytelling’

The Storyteller’s Kit: The Gear You Need to Tell Stories with Your Photography

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Gear does not make the photographer, allow me to state that for the record before we dive in here. A talented artist can make an image with whatever falls into their palm, but for those of us who have the luxury of choice, be it the pocket sized Ricoh dangling from Moriyama’s wrist, or Crewdson’s cherrywood 8×10, a powerful image is about the framing of a moment, the machine it is seen through when chosen properly, serves to simplify and streamline the process. Read more…

500px ISO: A New Visual Storytelling Blog for ‘Unique, Crazy and Beautiful’ Photos

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Earlier today, 500px officially launched 500px ISO: a story-telling blog consisting of 500px photos and original content created by a team of editors and photographers.

Striving to be “home to the best photo stories on the web,” 500px ISO wants to “surface the unique, crazy, and beautiful stories that result in the photos you see on 500px.” Read more…

Nat Geo Photographer on Storytelling and Striving for Authenticity

National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez is part photographer, part filmmaker and part explorer. That triad makes his photography great because while some photographers take pictures, Alvarez has learned to tell stories — and as the years have gone by and his gear has improved, his stories have continued to get more compelling.

In this short video, Alvarez talks about some of his best work, revealing little behind the scenes tidbits while simultaneously sharing his motivation and drive. Read more…

Storytelling Made Easy: How to Capture Photos that Tell a Compelling Story

Even before the digital age, National Geographic’s photographers, on average, took about 1,933 photos for every one photo published. And it’s this dedication to showing the world only the very best of what they manage to capture that makes these photographers some of the best in the world.

In this B&H Event Space seminar, seasoned photographer Marcus Donner explains the necessity of quantity, and shares some lessons on how to go from taking pictures, to telling stories. Read more…

One Plus One Equals Three: Ken Burns on a Story Worth Telling

Ken Burns is a documentary legend, and even though he comes from a filmmaking perspective, his ideas on what makes a story worth telling (or, in our case, a moment worth capturing) are universal and universally inspiring. In this short interview he did with Redglass Pictures he talks about finding subjects where one plus one equals three — where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. He also talks about sincere emotional manipulation, and how he believes it is at the heart of his greatest documentaries. “Emotional truth,” maintains Burns, must be pieced together and created.

And it’s these abilities: the ability to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts, and the ability to “manipulate” the story to piece together an emotional truth that may not be obvious to the casual onlooker; its these abilities that should be at the center of every artist’s tool chest, be they photographer or documentary filmmaker.

Ken Burns On Story (via Fstoppers)

How 6 Minutes and a Street Photograph Touched a Life

Australian photographer Liam McHenry tells the inspiring story of an encounter he had with a confrontational teenager when doing street photography. What started out as a situation spiraling out of control instantly changed when his subject suddenly “understood” his photography. McHenry says that the big revelation he had through the experience was: “it’s never just a photo.”

(via L7px via Eric Kim)

Photographing a 45-Foot-Long Whale

It’s always fun listening to photographers recount once-in-a-lifetime experiences that lead to once-in-a-lifetime photographs. In this short National Geographic video, photographer Brian Skerry describes what it was like to get up close and personal with a 45-foot-long whale. We only wish there was a little video to go along with his wonderful storytelling!