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How to tell a story through photography
These days, with our phones constantly clutched to our hands - anyone can be a photographer. However, the key to a great photograph is understanding how to go from concept to execution.
Stories are integral to human culture and storytelling is timeless. In photography, visual storytelling is often called a “photo essay” and the practice “reportage photography”. It is a way for the photographer to tell a story through images. Understanding how to capture a moment, event or story in a candid and unobtrusive skill is an amazing skill to have for any creative.
Giulio Mazzarini established photographer and Reportage Photography tutor, gave us some easy tips to have in mind when telling stories through photography:
1# Keep it simple
Have a simple photographic kit - e.g. a good compact camera, a light mirrorless camera and a good lens or just a good camera phone - and take it everywhere. Remember the best camera is the one you have when you need it.
2# You need a subject
At Central Saint Martins, we used to have a sign saying "You don't need a camera, you need an idea". You can give yourself a simple brief, for example, shadows in Venice. But choose a subject. To choose it, find inspiration through your passions. For example, if you love cycling, document the cyclists' world.