Photo Technique- Telling a Story by Image Design

The first two images, “Moonscape” and “Lichen,” are actually very similar in content–a beautiful human form against a harsh and scared landscape. The feeling between the two is very different, however. In “Moonscape,” the crouched position and the camera angle–looking down from above–both suggest fragility and vulnerability. “Lichen,” in contract, has a feeling of power and lack of fear. Both the open body posture and shooting the image from below, tells us that femininity and beauty are powerful forces. The most important reason for the difference, however, is the camera position.This is where the story is told in a photograph. In designing an image, the first question the photographic artist must ask is- what do I want this image to say?

Next time you are in a gallery or museum, remember to ask yourself–what is the image saying, because the story lays in the position, placement, and expression of the objects in the painting or photograph. Paintings of important people almost always show them elevated above the painter, thus implying power.

So try shooting your pictures from above or below your model, rather than on the same level. For the image to ” work,” however, all the elements of the photograph must be consistent–telling the same story.

P. Miller