What story will your images tell?

Start thinking about shooting in a series

In Authentic Photo Stories we capture real life and make it look beautiful.

We also create a series of images that together tell a story.

Images are shot on the fly, yet when put together they also tell a coherent story.

 

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography is about creating natural, relaxed photos.

The trick to telling a story in a series is to shoot enough of the right kinds of images.

You might then show two or more images in a composited storyboard created in Adobe Spark or other software.

Lifestyle photography is where the technical aspects of photography intersect with narration skills.

 

Narrative storytelling

Narrative storytelling is a version of “this happened, then that happened, and this other thing happened next.”

You can think of this way of storytelling like a comic strip whereby each frame reveals a piece of information.

It is by putting together the frames that a story unfolds.

Below are examples of narrative stories created by students in the March class of Authentic Photo Stories.

Images: Beth Harris

 

Images: Don Boys

 

Images: Stephanie Weustink-Wright

 

Associative storytelling

In this way of storytelling the brain tries to create a story from different subjects or scenes.

The below examples were shot by a some students of the March class of Authentic Photo Stories.

 

 

Images: Beth Harris

 

Images: ShoB

 

Images: Bernard Bedard

 

Images: Don Boys

What stories will you tell with your images?

Join the next class of Authentic Photo Stories to find out!

This course takes you beyond just taking a snapshot of your day. Learn how to capture a slice of life in a beautiful series of images.

You might also learn that you already have several great photo stories in your image library that you missed seeing!

Use any camera, even your phone. No post processing is necessary.

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A CLASS WITH BRIT HAMMER

Finding Beauty

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRIT

Brit Hammer is a photographer, author, and artist whose work has aptly been called fresh and optimistic.

Visit her website at brithammer.com

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Mrs. Green in Flora Photography

Colors are very important in every aspect of photography and Flora is absolutely no exception! However, there is one color in Flora which seems to be overlooked, mostly because of its abundance. And that is Mrs. GREEN.

Green is not even a “real color”, it is the color between blue and yellow, so in fact – as you might remember from your school art classes – you can easily create it by combining yellow and blue ;-). By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage (hello frogs, hello crocodiles!)

So yes, the majority of Flora is in green thanks to chlorophyll. Leaves, stems, grass, trees – there is so much green, than we tend to focus on other, more rare colors in Flora and we are hunting for every other color BUT green. That’s why Flora is often associated with colorful flowers. But that is totally unfair to the green color, and the rest of Flora and it is also a missed opportunity because the green parts of Flora are so beautiful.

And that’s why we are always mesmerized by the work of our students, when they are sharing assignments in green. Green parts of Flora are the best to showcase elements of design, particularly lines and patterns. To showcase how green Flora images are stunning, we have put together some examples taken by our students in the recent PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes.

 

And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

This has been an eye-opening class.  Watching Patrik’s critiques has been invaluable, with his kind encouragement and clear guidance for improvement.  I hear his voice in my head sometimes now when I take photos now! I also learned a lot and gained inspiration from my classmates. I will probably take it again.
Mika Geiger

Thank you Monika and Patrik for a wonderful and inspiring class. With your encouragement I have been able to play and experiment and be creative with my flower photography. I truly appreciate the lessons and the excellent critiques.
Pam Corckran
Thank you, Monika and Patrik. Your style of teaching is so much fun and enjoyable. There are lots of things to learn but not enough time to do it! I wish you can change it to 6 weeks! Your video critiques are most helpful. I learned quite a few techniques from your suggestions by listening to your critiques from my classmate’s works.
Vangie
Thank you for a great class Monika and Patrik. So many techniques it could easily be an 8 week course. I plan to continue working on many of the ideas you gave us.
Doreen

 

PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in June 5th, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora too (and not only in green color ;-).

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


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Iva Ullrichova

 

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Ann Fitzsimmons

 

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Patricia Daley

 

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William Basta

 

Pam Corckran_Photographing-Flora-Green

Pam Corckran

 

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Vlastimil Babický

 

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Terrie H

 

Sharon Davidson_Photographing-Flora-Green

Sharon Davidson

 

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Patricia Daley

 

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Mary J Beck

Dina Damon_Photographing-Flora-Green

Dina Damon

Creating Mood in your Images

Our best images are much more than simply good composition in good light.

Our best images are successful because they evoke an emotional response in our viewers; transporting them back to a place and time, allowing them to experience a moment in the same way we did as the photographer.  To truly succeed, our images need to resonate with the viewer in this way. 

The mood created by or within an image helps to set up the viewer’s response to an image, making them more receptive to the visual message you are trying to convey.

Let’s explore this idea a bit more in the following video.

-BPSOP Instructor – Mark English

Mark Teaches:

After the Click: Refining Your Vision in Lightroom & Camera Raw

The Art of Printing & Selling Your Art

Storyboards and stories

Creating a story

In Authentic Photo Stories we capture real life and make it look beautiful.

We also create a series of images that together tell a story.

Images are shot on the fly, yet when put together they also tell a coherent story.

 

Storyboards

The images you shoot can form a storyboard, which is a graphic organizer displaying images in a sequence.

You can think of the storyboard as a comic strip, collage, or even a composite image.

In film making the storyboard is used to pre-visualize a film’s story. Often images are sketched.

Below is an example to give you an idea of how a film storyboard might look to represent part of a scene.

Images: Tennessee Rick Elliott

 

Lifestyle photography

In lifestyle photography you create the story and eventual storyboard after the shoot because you are shooting spontaneously throughout an event.

So the trick in lifestyle photography is to shoot enough of the right kinds of images that can be put together to tell an interesting story.

You might then show two or more images in a composited storyboard created in Adobe Spark or other software.

 

Real life can look artistic

Experienced portrait photographer Tennessee Rick Elliott took part in the March Authentic Photo Stories class.

His lesson 2 assignment images (shown below with permission) are his answer to instructor Brit Hammer’s challenge to photograph hands (or feet).

Tennessee took her challenge onboard and went two steps further, reflecting his artistry. He shot low-key images and converted them to sepia in post.

His images convey both emotion and atmosphere.

Read below what he did to create each image.

 

Tennessee: “We set up a temporary workbench and a little work light. This shot was my establishing shot, including some of Jack’s wood gouges, the light, the piece he was working on, and naturally Jack. The lighting was provided only by the solitary work light.”

 

 

Tennessee: “This was my favorite shot of the three! If you would have told me last week that I would have enjoyed shooting hands, I’d have scoffed. I absolutely love this shot. It was still lit with only the solitary work light and I did push the contrast in post processing to give his hands a bit more weathered look. I always tend to like a sepia look and it just seemed to suit this shot so well that I did all three in sepia for a bit of consistency. I’m color-blind…and because of that, I seem to be naturally drawn to the sepia .”

 

 

Tennessee: “This third shot was taken away from the workbench and it was lit with a constant light in a small octabox placed just to camera left and feathered behind Jack. I tried to use the edge lighting to carve him out as he was examining the cutting edge of his gouge. I probably should have used a tripod for all these shots because it was shot in very low light, but I kept moving around to try different angles and heights so I just pushed the ISO and tried to hold the camera as steady as I could.”

Below is Tennessee’s narrative story shown as a 3-image composite.

See more of Tennessee’s work on his website.

 

 

Tennessee: “Brit really helped me to grow significantly as a photographer and as a person as well.”

 

 

Learn how to shoot your own compelling series of images in Authentic Photo Stories.

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A CLASS WITH BRIT HAMMER

Finding Beauty

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRIT

Brit Hammer is a photographer, author, and artist whose work has aptly been called fresh and optimistic.

Visit her website at brithammer.com

  • After a truly enlightening experience completing Stretching Your Frame of Mind Parts 1 and 2, I could see my photography definitely go up a “notch”. And, not by just a little. I’m no youngster… I’ve been shooting for a long time and have taken a lot of courses. This course builds upon the Artist’s Palette and use of color and light in the previous classes by focusing on specific key principles that help make the difference between OK shots and great shots. For me, the best part of this course is Joe’s critiques and encouragement. Joe keep’s me honest and doesn’t overlook a thing. I am now shooting with intent and a process for getting it right in the camera rather than trying to fix things on the computer. Regardless of your skill level and experience, I recommend this course if you’re looking to bring out the creative person in you and have people view your photographs in a whole new way. Read More
    Mitch Eiss Stretching Your Frame of Mind Part I & II
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