A Picture Is Worth...

Storytelling in photography doesn't come with description and dialogue - it's created by the eye of the photographer and then again in the eye of the beholder. And each beholder will create their own story because we all see everything in a different way.

I picked this photograph today because there are at least three stories within this image - the two men in the foreground, the couple behind them and finally the lone man leaning on the wall. And then the fourth story would be the relationship (or lack thereof) between the three factions. 

People fascinate me. I love street photography because there are so many stories to be told. It's no wonder that the adage "A picture is worth a thousand words." was coined. 

What story do you see in this photograph?

 
 

Do you look for a story when you take a photograph? Or do you just look for a cool shot? Next time you take your camera out make a point of shooting stories. They are everywhere. You just have to be paying attention to the world around you. I promise your photography will improve.

It's All About the Eyes - Photography Tip #4

If you're shooting people, it's all about the eyes. Even if they are not looking at the camera or their eyes aren't even in the photograph, we, as the audience still need to feel the eyes. I'm going to see if I have some examples to illustrate my take on this. To be truthful, I was going to leave it as "It's All About the Eyes" with no text and just this one photograph.

 
 

So, you see I didn't just show a photo with engaging eyes...this eye tells a story.

Here's my example of straight-up engaging eyes.

 
 

In this photo you can barely see the eyes, but I think you can still feel them.

 
 

Bottom line, be aware of the importance of the eyes. Even this one...