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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.

The seminar lasts an hour and eighteen minutes, so we won’t attempt to go into everything that Donner covers here. But if you are fortunate enough to find the time this weekend, the whole thing is packed with good advice (and just a few sections that may sound a bit like a Samsung NX Smart Camera ad).

The tips he gives range from being sure to plan and prep the way photographers like Greg Heisler do, to not being afraid to make mistakes, to making your subjects feel comfortable while you’re taking their photo. Ultimately, however, it always comes back to the same fact that the Nat Geo photogs seem to know so well: it takes a combination of skill and quantity to get quality.

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