Storytellers: A Photographer's Guide to Developing Themes and Creating Stories with Pictures

Storytellers: A Photographer's Guide to Developing Themes and Creating Stories with Pictures

by Jerod Foster


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It's amazing how many images the world's photographers produce! Professional or not, images surround us in our everyday lives. What makes successful photographers stand out? What drives us to revisit the same images over and over?

All images tell a story. Whether they're produced as works of art, on assignment for National Geographic, or as part of a family vacation, images say more than just a shutter speed, ISO, or aperture setting. We make images for a reason.

, by photographer/teacher Jerod Foster, focuses on visual storytelling and how a deep knowledge of your process and your personal vision can create stronger images. Storytelling often requires the use of certain lenses, apertures, or light modifiers, but the story is what holds everything together. To become a better storyteller you will explore:

  • Composition, light, depth of field, and motion and how to properly use your camera technically to dig deeper.
  • Visual themes and how they provide stories with interest and depth
  • Types of shots and shooting styles and what they convey in your images
  • Research and ways to conceptualize your story before shooting
  • Strategies for developing your own effective storytelling workflow during and after the shoot.
This beautifully written and illustrated guide will help you connect the how-tos of digital photography with the who, what, when, where and why of storytelling to bring your vision and your images to life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321803566
Publisher: New Riders
Publication date: 12/07/2011
Series: Voices That Matter Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jerod Foster is a Texas-based editorial and travel photographer with a focus on environmental portraiture and natural history for magazines, books, and commercial clients. He also leads photography workshops and is a photography instructor at Texas Tech University. Jerod is a partner in Badlands Design and Production, a specialty book design/publishing company that also produces HD video on cultural history and conservation projects in Mexico and Texas. Visit his website and read his popular photography “Field Lighting” tips and blog at

Table of Contents

Chapter One: A Tradition Always In The Making

Chapter Two: The Photographic Storyteller

Chapter Three: Use Your Camera, Don't Let Your Camera Use You!

Chapter Four: A Storytelling Workflow

Chapter Five: What (and Who's) Story Are You Telling?

Chapter Six: Do The Research!

Chapter Seven: A Word From The Wise

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Storytellers: A Photographer's Guide to Developing Themes and Creating Stories with Pictures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Nook which makes it easy to carry with my camera gear. I haven't gotten through the whole book yet but so far it has answered several of my questions and opened new avenues of thought for my hobby!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago