Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Creating a Compelling Narrative in Photographs

I read the article "6 Easy Ways to Give your Photographs a Compelling Narrative" by Robert Bradley, and discovered the six secrets:

  1. Ask yourself questions when photographing, and bring along a notebook to record your ideas.
  2. Capture an image with conflicting emotion from at least two different subjects.
  3. Build relationships between the subjects, whether they are both human or not.
  4. Isolate your subject. You should follow the rule of thirds and keep it at one or two subjects if you're a beginner.
  5. Incorporate the basics of color theory to determine which colors blend well.
  6. Capture a candid image at just the right second.

This is a photo I took of my two sisters, Missi and Jenny, with Missi's pug. I think this photo tells a compelling narrative because it builds a relationship with the subjects (Missi eyeing Jenny eyeing pug), as well as conflicting emotion (Missi annoyed with Jenny because she is having fun mocking the pug). 

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