Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1334 (1:18:43)

Chris Marquardt

Every week Chris mentions how a picture "tells a story." But how do you do that? That's the topic of this week's Photographic Super Powers. There are at least three ways to tell a story in your image. First, contrast. Contrast can give people something to think about as the image provides a comparison. Old vs. new, bright vs. dark, etc. Contrast draws your attention and makes an image really interesting.

Another way to tell a story is how the subject moves toward another. This can provide a sense of tension, showing what's going to happen. Thirdly, don't tell the whole story in one shot. Leave something out that leaves the viewers imagination to do some work and finish the story. Leave some room for interpretation. Always leave them wanting more.

This month's assignment is "Scale". Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Scale" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Scale" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next week's photo contest review segment!