If you photograph a birthday party, check out the theme, the decorations they plan on using, what the birthday kid hopes to get for his or her gifts. This does not mean that you manipulate your audience’s emotions. I recommend beginners first start out by creating a “shot list” for the story.
All of these factors will help you in planning out the type of shots you set up for your story. Find the “real story”: After your research, you can determine the angle you want to take your story. Each shot will work like a sentence in a one-paragraph story. Each shot must emphasize a different concept or emotion that can be woven together with the other images for the final draft of the story. You don’t have to be an incredible writer to pull off a powerful photo essay.
Is the newborn the first son of a wealthy family on whom the family legacy will continue? Is the drama production an effort to bring the student body together? Is the birthday party for an adolescent turning 13, or the last birthday of a dying cancer patient? All you need is a bit of photographic technique, some creativity, and a lot of heart.
Though each story idea is the same, the main factors of each story create an incredibly unique story. Every dynamic story is built on a set of core values and emotions that touch the heart of its audience. And once you begin taking pictures in stories, your images will never be the same.
In part II of this series on Photo Essays, I will give a practical example of how I apply these techniques in a photo essay of my own.
Writing Worksheets Even more worksheets to help teach writing skills.
Persuasive Essay Writing Prompts Students form an opinion on a given topic and write a persuasive essay to support their view.
A picture analysis essay differs from other types of analysis essays.
Neither the topic nor research statement is given to you to start with; you just have to interpret and analyze the artwork, and decide on the topic and content yourself.
Usually, it appears to be quite a daunting task for most students, especially if they do not consider themselves as being experts in art.
Used by world class photojournalists such as Lauren Greenfield and James Nachtwey, and Joachim Ladefoged to name a few, the photo essay takes the same story telling techniques as a normal essay, translated into visual images.
A photo essay isn’t simply for photojournalists however. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the photo essay is a brilliant way to bring your images to life and touch your family, friends, and coworkers. Find a topic: Photo essays are most dynamic when you as the photographer care about the subject.
Whether you choose to document the first month of a newborn in the family, the process of a school drama production, or even a birthday party, make your topic something in which you find interest. Do your researchh: If you document a newborn’s first month, spend time with the family.
Discover who the parents are, what culture they are from, whether they are upper or lower class.
If you cover the process of a school’s drama production, talk with the teachers, actors and stage hands; investigate the general interest of the student body; find out how they are financing the production and keeping costs down. The best way you can connect your photo essay with its audience is to draw out the emotions within the story and utilize them in your shots. Plan your shots: Whether you decide to sit down and extensively visualize each shot of the story, or simply walk through the venue in your mind, you will want to think about the type of shots that will work best to tell your story.
If you want to write a good and impressive picture analysis essay, be prepared to work well with the two key characteristics of this essay type.
They are: your interpretation of the artist’s visual communication techniques and your well-performed analysis essay structure.
Give answers to the following questions: Make an outline.
Write down all the ideas and thoughts about the picture that you accumulated in the process of your analysis and choose the strongest one.
This will be your thesis, and you are going to communicate and assert it in your essay.
Students can write stories to go along with these pictures.
Each worksheet includes a fun cartoon picture, and a few sheets of lined writing paper.
Select the common core icon below each worksheet to see connections to the Common Core Standards.
Proofreading Worksheets Read the paragraphs and use editing marks to correct the errors.
Writing Prompts Ideas for creative writing journals that involve critical and creative thinking.
Today Christina Nichole Dickson looks at the topic of Photo Essays.
Christina is a photojournalist for Revolutionary Media.
She is also an instructor with the Institute in Photographic Studies.
Her work may be found at Christina Nichole Photography.
In the last twenty years, video and film have become the predominant forms of modern storytelling. And for the last one hundred years photography and storytelling went hand in hand.
Now more than ever, the power of storytelling ought to be harnessed.
But telling a story with photos takes more than just a skillful photographer.