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Best Ways To Create Photos That Tell A Story

Updated on February 14, 2015

A Story Immediately Comes To Mind

In this hub, you will see a lot of pictures that tell a story. Some of the pic are my own and some are one that others took but all can easily be looked at and a story immediately comes to mind.

These Photos All Tell A Story That Is So Easy To See

Free Tips For Taking Photos

As an amateur photographer, I have developed a list of free tips for taking photos for those who are just starting out or for those whose photos are not quite the way they wish they were. First of all it's always important for your camera to be still when shooting so if you have a tripod, it sometimes helps with photos. Some of the best photos in the world are ones that tell a story when you look at them. So look for subjects that show emotion.

Photos with a Story - Photos are more interesting if they have some meaning so when shooting, think about what story there may be behind the photo and will the person viewing the photo be able to read into the story.

Use the rule of thirds in your photos. If you were to divide the photo into 3rd's vertically and into thirds horizontally, the important parts of your photo should be where the lines intersect.

The rule of thirds breaks it into nine equal squares. The points where these lines intersect are strong focal points. The lines are the second strongest focal points.

Make sure your horizons are level.

Add water to you landscape scenes when possible

Practice and compare to others who are successful photographers

Make sure there is composition - something in the foreground, middle and background

Use a quality camera and a quality lens - I use a digital camera - a Canon Rebel

Great Things About Photography

Are you thinking about taking up the hobby of photography? Many who have already discovered this exciting and fulfilling hobby can tell you the top ten reasons why photography is so great. Maybe you will be captivated by this compelling and diverse art as well.

1. The Challenge of Getting the Perfect Picture
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sometimes a hundred shots have to be taken and you have to try for several days to get just the picture you want. An individual must have patience, but at the end of the day a great sense of accomplishment is felt from capturing the best part.

2. Tell A Story
From beginning to end of a snowball fight, with people throwing their first snowball and eventually rolling in the snow and then dusting off, you can see the event and it tells the story of friendship, fun and joy of life. Looking at pictures of an old family farm from its humble beginnings to the growth and increase over a hundred years it tells a story of family, hard work and sacrifice. Everyone has a story, photos can share that story and bring it to life.

3. Express Individuality
A photographer subject matter will reflect their interests, likes and preferences. A photo can also reflect the individuality of a subject. The clothes they choose to wear and the location they want the pictures shot all show who they are and their personality.

4. Joy and Laughter Increase
Anyone who looks at their first grade picture can attest to this fact. What is more fun than looking back at your younger years or seeing the awkwardness of adolescence? In your later years of life, seeing a picture of your family working or playing together warms your heart and lets you remember good times and better health. A photo lets us travel over the decades and brings back moments that make us laugh and carries us through the hard times.

5. See Things Truly As They Are
Somethings are so perfect- the petals of a flower, the height of a Redwood, the still calm of the lake at dawn. They draw you in to the grace of nature and life in purity and simplicity. The sweet smile of a child reflects the goodness of life and all the hope for what we can become and achieve. This is what life is and who we are in it.

6. Solitude of the Dark Room
The magical atmosphere of the dark room leads you to discover the potential of the photograph. Lightness, darkness, shadows all are in the control of the photographer. It is a work done alone with your ideas and skills combined to bring out the story of the photo before you.

7. Understand the Emotions of Others
As you look over the events of history and witness the faces of those who endured the depression or see victims of the Holocaust you can see in their eyes what they have endured. Their faces portray their hearts and hurts and although you were not there, you understand what they carry with them a little more.

8. A Gift to Others of Their Most Precious Moments
After the couple returns from the honeymoon one of the first priorities is to get the wedding photos. One of the happiest days of their lives is recorded forever. When someone does something for you that you can't do for yourself you feel indebted and forever grateful. It is a special gift to give someone their special memories and most cherished events.

9. Once You Capture a Moment You Can Display it
From the famous to the personal, photographs reveal lives of people. Some are placed in history books, some on the walls of a museum and some in the home. When they are displayed they are able to reach into the lives of others and stir emotion and thought. Photos are meant to be shared and seen.

10. The Only Way You Can Freeze Time
A photo is a moment frozen in time for a person to enjoy and remember whenever they want. The look, the expression, the emotion only happen for an instant. Although someone might carry it in their heart, with time the memory fades. If a photo is taken a child is able to see the happiness of their parents on their wedding day, a parent can see how small their child was the day they brought them home for the first time and all the years after as they grew to adulthood. All the birthdays, first days of school, vacations and friends can be captured and with you always. Time and space do not take a loved one from us when we can see them and the moments we share together, always.

These free tips for taking photos may help you create some fantastic pictures

Francesca Black

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      Stephanie 4 years ago

      OMG, he's just soo cute!! I love that second pirtcue of him it makes me smile:) I love how you posed him too I just find the 3 month olds so hard to pose without a parents, but you truly know your stuff:) Happy 3 month birthday!!!

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      Noor 4 years ago

      I used to rent a room in one of those old houses on West Nicola. I love that so many plpoee have the patience to restore those old houses. I love the photos you took there. Beautiful.

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      malonge 4 years ago from Western New York On Hubpages

      Sure you can use the picture.

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      Brigitte Thompson 8 years ago from Austin, TX

      I love your top 10 reasons for photography. So, so true.

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      RTalloni 8 years ago from the short journey

      Very nicely done!