The Elements of a Photo Essay

What are the elements of a photo essay

The photo essay is a form of photography that tells a thought-provoking story with the power of images. Whether used to document events or simply to evoke an emotion, photo essays are an important part of any photographer’s toolbox.

The key to a good photo essay is a unique story. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go out and photograph something that nobody else has done before – but it does require careful planning and consideration.

For example, if you want to do a photo essay on abandoned homes, it might help to create a shot list and think about the narrative of your story. It may also be helpful to research the history of the location you’re shooting in or any important events that have happened there in the past.

Once you’ve got your shot list together, it’s time to start putting the photo essay together. You’ll need to choose a strong opening image that introduces the subject of your story, and a closing image that leaves your audience feeling the way you intended them to feel. It’s worth using a mix of different types of photos in your photo essay – far-away shots, close-ups, weird angles and unique lighting can all add to the overall effect of your photo essay.

Don’t forget to include a text introduction – this can be as long or short as you like, and should help to contextualise the images that follow. And don’t forget that you can use Shorthand to add text that floats over your photos, too – perfect for adding a caption or commentary.

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