The Craft of Telling Stories With Photos

As photographers, we work hard to create photos with technically accurate exposures, balanced compositions, and skilled edits, but what often separates a good photo from a truly compelling one is storytelling. Storytelling can be a difficult thing to develop, though. This helpful video tutorial features two experienced photographers sharing their thoughts and advice on what makes for good storytelling in photography. 

Coming to you from Peter Forsgård, this excellent video tutorial discusses the importance of storytelling in photography and how  to approach it. Storytelling can be a kind of nebulous thing that can be difficult to get right, but it is well worth investing the time and effort into it. If you photograph people, consider engaging in other genres to help give you different perspectives. For example, if you photograph weddings, consider trying out street photography for a bit. Learning to read and anticipate action as it develops in front of you will better prepare you when the pressure is on, and it will expand your creative palette and technical capabilities, making you more versatile and able to handle the needs and requests of your clients. Plus, it is always fun to try something new! Check out the video above for the full rundown from Forsgård.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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