Mobile Photo Essays – Some Great Tips!

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I have detailed below some excellent tips to create your own Mobile Photo Essays.  I’ve also added a few links to some excellent favorite essays of my own.

Go here to read our Structuring Tips

Wonderful example photo essay links:

NYTimes
MotherJones
Magnumphotos
Time Lightbox

 

Photo Essay Tips – Signature Photo

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A photo that summarizes the entire issue and illustrates essential elements of the story. This might be a photo of woman — maybe your main character — as with the example above and the link here to the complete photo Essay.

Establishing or Overall Shot

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A wide-angle shot to establish the scene.The idea of the establishing shot is this: When you do a photo story you are taking your viewers on a journey. You need to give them a sense of where they are going, an image that allows them to understand the rest of the story in context.

Close-Up

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A detail shot to highlight a specific element of the story. Close-up, sometimes called detail shots, don’t carry a lot of narrative. Meaning, they often don’t do a lot to inform the viewer on a literal level but they do a great deal to dramatize a story.

Portrait

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This can be either a tight head shot or a more environment portrait in a context relevant to the story. As mentioned above, photo essays are built around characters. You need to have good portrait that introduces the viewers to the character.

Interaction

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Focuses on the subject in a group during an activity. Images of your character interacting with others — all helps give a human dimension to your character.

How-To Sequence

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This is photo or group of photos that offer a how-to about some specific element of the story or process.

The Clincher

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A photo that can be used to close the story, one that says “the end.”

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