Other than admiring the work of great photographers, I also love learning their “secrets.” And in this video from B&H, photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice shares five of her own. If you’re looking to improve the storytelling in your images and make them more striking and interesting, Deanne shares some of the habits that you should develop to get there.
1. Serendipity: Look around you and capture the moments that you didn’t expect to happen and didn’t imagine them ahead of time. Allow the moments to unfold naturally and be the one who preserves them in images.
2. Layers: Think of the layers literally, as foreground, middle ground, and background. And then, think of them as layers of information that help your storytelling that you’ll add in each of them to help your storytelling.
3. Juxtaposition: Juxtapose elements in your shots to give them more tension or visual interest. Look for incongruity and things that may not belong together and put them together in a single composition.
4. Building trust: When photographing people, building trust and relationships between you and them is extremely important. People often don’t want to be photographed, and you want to discover why. It’s your task to make them trust you and have them relaxed. Invest time to get to know people and get their consent to take their photos. Share some of your own story if you expect to get theirs in return. and remember, it all comes down to basic humanity and empathy.
5. Light, color, and moment: for Deanne, these are the three most important things for a striking photo. Try making at least one work really well, and in the best case scenario try to get all three.
Other than giving you the tips, Deanne also shares some gorgeous photos she took to illustrate each of them. So, make sure to watch the video to the end, and let us know if you follow these steps too when taking your photos.
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