He traveled with men who illegally mine for tusks of the long-extinct woolly mammoth. In Siberia, a vast and isolated region of Russia, these men go on real treasure hunts. Between hard work, fear of getting caught, hordes of mosquitoes and desperate drinking, they struggle to find the treasure and make money, but also to survive. And a talented photographer captured it all in a series of amazing images.
You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words. But telling a story with a single image is not an easy task. As you know, there are many essential components of a good photo, both regarding technical quality and the story it tells. Photographers Chase Jarvis and Joe McNally teamed up to discuss storytelling in photography.
In this video, they have focused on telling a story in a single image. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do, but there are three components you should include before and during the shoot to achieve it. It takes a bit of preparation, thinking and practice, but it’s well worth it.
Telling a story with our work can often be one of the most challenging things we face as creatives. But it’s also one of the most important. Whether it’s a drawing, a photograph or a film, having your work tell a story gives it meaning. It speaks to the viewer in a way that they can relate to it. According to Pixar, we are all story tellers. Every single one of us. Even if we don’t all know how to tap into it.
In this six part series, from Khan Academy Labs, directors, animators and other Pixar wizards talk to us about storytelling. How we naturally tell stories in the real world without even realising it. And how to look at some of our favourite movies and works to figure out what the story is and why it works. And, oh yes, there are activities!
I feel that there’s a word missing from our vocabulary, and this essay is the culmination of an effort to find such a word, to define it usefully, and to work through some of what it might mean.
Here’s a few reasons why having a story to tell is far better than when it isn’t.
1. Billy Goat curse set down upon the beloved Chicago Cubs. With that, MLB didn’t have to put a cent towards marketing this World Series.
2. Kyle Busch, making the ultimate comeback after a broken leg, goes for his first championship while Jeff Gordon, the face of NASCAR alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr., races his last race (or so we thought). 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship needed no marketing, everyone wanted to see if Jeff Gordon could walk off in his last race with one more championship.
Knowing what to shoot and learning how to tell a story in your videos can be a challenge. It’s something you pick up with over time with experience, but where do you begin?
Rob Nelson’s latest video on Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips helps get you started with some solid story telling advice. While the primary subject is video footage, the same principles also apply to telling stories with a series of photographs, too.
Turning the everyday mundane into something exciting is a challenge for almost anyone, but creative still life photographer Dina Belenko readily accepts the challenge and aces the test.
As Dina describes it, “I tell animate stories about inanimate objects. I believe that each thing contains a kind of ‘folded story’ inside.” Looking around her studio, she saw a wealth of stories right before her and set about bringing them to life.
We all love a photo that tells a story. In stories we talk about sub plots. Subplots can relate to the main plot and enrich in it many ways.
It can prelude the main plot and help create emotional attachment to the characters. It can contradict the main plot and provide irony. It can resonate with the main plot, making its point stronger.
In photography we have subject and background (or far plain). The background can relate to the subject, in similar ways that a sub plot relates to a main plot.
To illustrate that point I decided to use images with shaped bokeh.