A photo story (or, as they often say, in the English way – “photostory”) is a story that we tell photos. Looking at the pictures, we should see vivid emotions, atmosphere, moods of any moment or period of time. Stories can be different and tell us about the journey to the sea or the magic of the winter forest. One of the most common stories – “Love Story”, is also popular – one day of a child’s life (with shooting both at home and on a walk).
It happens that it is impossible to tell your story with just one shot. It is better to disclose the idea of making a series of shots. It is then that they resort to this genre, which is a series of photographs.
Directions in the genre of photo history
In modern photo art there are four areas of photo history:
Large-scale photography, transmitting the photographer’s view of any problem in society. This is not about empathy for any individual person, it is important to show the urgency of a problem through photographs of different people or objects united by a common need. A series of shots can turn out to be very interesting or very superficial, depending on the chosen plot, and it does not matter if you spent a month or a year on creating your story.
“Narrow” shooting – the tasks do not have a universal scale, there is work with a separate and ready-made plot.
Photographing from the same place for a certain time. This is an interesting way not only of narration, but also of displaying the problem.
Working with a specific person is the most interesting direction. Interesting and difficult, because you need to trust between the model and the photographer, the lack of fear of the lens. The photographer tells the story of a certain period of a person’s life with his daily worries and joys, emotions, moods, desires.
In addition, there are several plans photo stories:
detailed: objects are very close and enlarged,
Medium: objects shot at a distance and fully visible.
general plan: the shooting was conducted remotely, on the frame you can see a lot of objects.
Using and combining different plans allows you to create a complete story from photos.
How is photostori created?
A photo story is compiled by combining several photos with one theme or storyline. Even three or four well-chosen photos are able to convey the importance and significance of an event. And placing pictures in chronological order, the photographer creates a sense of presence in the audience. It is very important to convey the development of events: the beginning – the culmination – the ending.
Many events naturally create a photo story. A good example is shooting a wedding or other similar event.
But the photo story can make and pictures of the facial expressions and facial expressions. So, for example, an interesting photo story is obtained when a person is first waiting, which is replaced by surprise or joy. The transition from one emotion to another is a favorite theme for the work of many photographers.
It is also interesting to alternate between official and unofficial shots made from different angles.
Any story has a thematic and chronological story, the observance of which helps to see all the elements and all the moments of the event.
When working, it is important to use a continuous shooting mode, allowing you to catch the most successful and interesting moments. And the photo story itself can be created both in a few seconds and in a few years.