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William’s take: Creating Drama, Visually

When you take a photo, you tell a story about your subject. Much like writing a good one, you’ll also need to plan and start crafting the story you want to tell before you shoot. Capturing things from a different perspective adds layers to your characters, while great composition acts very much like an unexpected plot twist that grabs the viewer’s attention. They will then sit up, and can’t help but want more.


Here are some of my tips for telling the perfect tale:

•    Think of the story that you want to tell, before looking through your viewfinder to create that story.
•    Pay attention to the things happening around you and interact with the environment. How will you be able to capture the magic of a place, if you don’t experience it for yourself?  When inspiration strikes, you’ll know when to start shooting.
•    Any photo with faces tells a more compelling story. Facial expressions serve as the emotional heart of an image and pull the viewer in. Always point your camera towards the subject that is approaching you, not moving away from you. 
•    Adding a little motion blur to your photo, directs the audience’s line of sight and adds something extra to an otherwise regular photo. It’s all about making a good photo, great.
•    Photography involves taking 2D photos of a 3D world, so try approaching your subject from different angles.  An unexpected one might just work better.

When composing your photograph, consider what elements you can add to tell your story better.  The rain water on the window and the person in a jacket tells the viewer that it is a wet and cold day in the city of Nepal.

I have chosen to use a slower shutter speed to capture the actions of people in this photograph to showcase that this is a busy marketplace.  The blurred actions tell the viewer a more compelling story and add vibrancy to the overall photo.

The majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge set against the beautiful cityscape in the background makes the bridge “pop”.  This is a good example of how you could approach your subject from different angles to bring out your main subject in the photo.