"Though the road seems familiar...we're just remembering where to go" by Heather Binns

“Though The Road Seems Familiar, We’re Just Remembering Where To Go” by Heather Binns

December 17, 2013 / by

Featuring a story-telling photograph by Heather Binns, we are inspired both technically and spiritually. We explore the message in the photograph as well as the methods and compositional means in which she tells the story.

"Lost Shoe" by Christoph Hetzmannseder

“Lost Shoe” by Christoph Hetzmannseder (Or Tell a Simple Story)

January 29, 2013 / by

This week, we learn from the work of Christoph Hetzmannseder just how important it is to consider your audience. In short, it is easier to connect with fellow photographers. But how do you connect with everyone else? One way is to tell a simple story. Christoph’s photo, “Lost Shoe”, tell’s such a story. We will explore the photo and learn from his fine example.

"Lost Screw" by Djura Stankovic

“Lost Screw” by Djura Stankovic (Or Tiny Details That Tell A Big Story)

July 31, 2012 / by

This week we feature the photo, “Lost Screw”, by Djura Stankovic, who is among the Shutter Photo royalty. We’ll explore how Djura tells such an interesting story of (and using) such a simple subject. Read on to be inspired.

"Path To Saint Paul's" by Jonathan Russell

“Path to St. Pauls” by Jonathan Russell (Or It’s What Is Obscured)

July 24, 2012 / by

Sometimes it’s the details that we leave out or obscure that help us to tell the best story. Photographer Jonathan Russell’s photograph, “Path to St. Paul’s” is one that forces us to formulate a story based on how he’s obscured the main subject. Read on to learn about this great photograph and learn about this storytelling technique.

"Pearl Tower, II" by Mark Heath

“Pearl Tower, II” by Mark Heath (Or Interest From Unfocused Subjects)

November 29, 2011 / by

When composition alone isn’t enough, sometimes some contextual cues can help us to tell a simple story and create a great photograph. That’s the lesson we learn this week with Mark Heath’s inspirational photograph, “Pearl Tower, II”, in which he uses focusing techniques to offer context and story line to the photograph. Read on to be inspired by Mark’s work, and to learn how you can improve your simple compositions with some context.

The Circle

Wide Angle Lenses Are For Shooting Close

September 29, 2011 / by

Wide angle lenses aren’t just for fitting the world into your lens, they’re also great for shooting close-up. Read on to learn the benefits of shooting close with wide angle lenses, and learn some tips about using them in this manner.

"Artist's Work" by Ana GR

“Artist’s Work” by Ana GR

March 08, 2011 / by

As hobbyists, it’s often difficult to remember the power of storytelling when it comes to setting up a shot. We think about lighting, we think about composition, we are checking the edges for clutter and we’re worried about white balance (and I’m only scratching the surface). But that camera is a unique tool that one can use to create a story – fulfilling the old belief that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Stories are quite easy to reach with the camera. This week’s inspiration, Artist’s Work by Ana GR, is a great example of short story telling. The story doesn’t have to be extravagant. And unlike literature, the story doesn’t necessarily have to have a beginning or an ending – though it can inspire both. But when a photo is used to tell a story, we can have fun with the primary subject. Is it a simple subject? Is the subject simply the boy or the artwork? Or is the subject perhaps a little more abstract and less tangible – such as the emotional connection between the boy and the artwork? In truth, a storytelling photograph should have both a simple subject and an intangible subject – an […]