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Photo Essay

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Mahad Khn

on 3 October 2013

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Transcript of Photo Essay

Photographic Essay

What is Photographic Essay
Photo essay is a combination of art and journalism.
It is a series of photographs that tell a story or evoke emotions in the viewer.
Every photograph is a part of it and contributes to the whole story.
A Normal essay translated into visual images.
Photograph used in photo essay should not only be artistically strong but they also should be informative and expressive.
Essay vs Photo Essay
Essay contains a lot of text well not a rocket science.
Essay gets boring.
Essay are often vague.
Picture explain better than words.
A real picture is always better more
descriptive than a thousand words.
Types of Photo-Essay
Time Sequence
Time Sequence
Sequence of photos showing the chronicle of an event like series of still photos from movie.
e.g cliff diving, life from birth to
To capture the feel of a location with the help of glimpses of people and places in a location.
It can be as compact as a School or Garden
or vast as a country.
series of pictures showing a theme or an idea.
e.g hope, love, close up, abstract art etc.
Cover a specific happening like wedding or a demolition.
Showing critical part of the events.
Elements of Photo Essay
The Story
Range of Photos
The order of the photo
Information and emotion
Story :
Core ingredient. Your essay should be excellent and logical without needing a written article.
The Range of photos:
There should be
a variety of photos in your essay (wide
angle, detailed, portraits)
The order of the Photos:
The order of the photo
is very important. Photos should be placed in a way that they tell the story smoothly and effectively.
Information and Emotion:
Your pictures should
be informative. They should also be emotional to make an emotional bond with the viewer.
Captions are the best way to ensure that your viewers understand what is happening in the photo.
Types of Photos
By including a variety of types of photos in your essay, you will ensure that it is both interesting and informative.
Is it important to choose powerful photos, but also to present them in an effective order.
The Lead Photo
The Scene
The Portraits
The Detail Photos
The Close-up Photos
The Signature Photo
The Clincher Photo
The Lead Photo
Similar to the first two sentences of a newspaper article, your lead photo should effectively draw in your audience.
This is usually the most difficult photo to choose and should follow the theme of your essay.
It could be anything an emotional portrait or an action shot, but ultimately it should provoke the curiosity of the viewer.
The Scene
Your second photo should set the stage and describe the scene of your story. An overarching photo taken with a wide angle lens is often effective.
The Portraits
Your photo essay should include at least one portrait. Capturing an emotional expression or telling action shot can effectively humanize your story.
The Detail Photos
Detail photos focus in on one element, be it a building, a face, or a relevant object. These photos are your best opportunity to capture specific objects. The captions of these photos should be informative and educational.
The Close-up Photos
These photos are tightly cropped, simple shots that present a specific element of your story.
You can provide information through caption.
The Signature Photo
The signature photo summarizes the situation and captures the key elements of your story in a telling moment.
The Clincher Photo
The final photo, the clincher, should evoke the emotion you want the viewer to walk away with, be it a feeling of hope, inspiration, or sadness. Decide on this mood before you select this photo.
This is basic instruction for a Photo Essay. Keep this in mind that the best art is formed when u think outside the Box.
Thank You...
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