Aug 19 2014

Camera Position 142 : Dolce far Niente, or Put The Camera Down

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Be in the moment.

In this episode, I encourage you to put your camera down, disconnect yourself from your devices and other distractions and embrace the Italian concept Dolce Far Niente; the sweetness of doing nothing.

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Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Grasses, Lake Superior, 2014 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Aug 05 2014

Camera Position 141 : The Medium Is Not The Message

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“The medium is the message” is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

Content is king. Emphasizing content over visual flash encourages the viewer to respond intellectually and the idea of storytelling takes precedence.

In recent years, the proliferation of photography as a pastime has meant a huge number of images being produced and viewed every day. Some photographers have resorted to using visual flash over interesting content to rise above the fray. I still believe that content is king.

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Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Barista, Montepulciano, Toscana 2005 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Jul 22 2014

Camera Position 140 : Editing & Sequencing

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Content, sequence and structure matter. This episode looks at editing down your photographs to a cogent and clear set that tells your story most effectively and strengthen the work.

We also look at the element of sequencing your images as an important element of helping you to create structure in your work. Whether you are trying to tell a story or you want to create a different type of coherence in a body of work, the process of editing and sequencing your images becomes of paramount importance.

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Mercato Rialto, Venezia, 2003 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Mercato Rialto, Venezia, 2003 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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Jul 08 2014

Camera Position 139 : The Story Spine

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The Story Spine is a wonderful method of conceptualizing a story. Initially conceived by playwright Kenn Adams, it’s a great tool for anyone who wants to tell a story effectively. The Story Spine is a template, but a loose one, with some open-ended statements that you can fill in to help you start to conceptualize a story.

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The Platform

  • Once Upon a Time…
  • Everyday…

The Catalyst

  • But one day…
  • Then something changed…

The Consequences

  • Because of that… (repeated as needed)
  • And then __________ occurred
  • And then…

The Climax

  • Until finally…
  • Then suddenly…

The Resolution

  • Ever since then…
  • And the moral of the story is…
  • And the funny thing was…

For a PDF of The Story Spine, click here.

 

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Jul 01 2014

Camera Position 138 : Telling a Story with Pictures

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Photography excels at storytelling. While a single image can tell a story, we can tell much more complex stories with sets or series of images.

If we set out to create those images with a story idea in mind, it’s much easier to have our stories make sense. This episode presents the essential elements of storytelling with images.

We’ve all known great storytellers and we know that what they are able to do is tap into both the personal and the universal when they tell a story. They also understand that a story has to have a beginning, a middle and an end.

Typically, a good story has most, if not all of these elements, each of which is explained in the podcast:

  • Introduction
  • Situation
  • Main Character
  • Detail
  • Setting The Hook
  • Tension
  • Consequence
  • Conclusion

I’ve found that photographers have a much easier time with storytelling if they photograph with story in mind. If you start thinking about the story that you’ll tell before you start to photograph, you’ll have an easier time of making a story work than if you try to impose story on photographs you’ve already made.

Storyteller, Roma, 2012 - Photograph by Jeff Curto

Storyteller, Roma, 2012 – Photograph by Jeff Curto

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