TAOP: Part 5 – Narrative and Illustration: Exercise: A narrative picture essay
September 26, 2012
This exercise required between five and 15 shots to form a narrative picture essay – arranged in a suitable presentation.
I chose the wedding of friends as the subject, as I was acting as second photographer. While I didn’t write down the shots I intended to get, I had a good idea of the images I’d need for the narrative:
- exchanging vows and rings
- the kiss
- celebrating with the wedding party
- the couple after the wedding
- cutting the cake
- the first dance
- a still-life, e.g. the rings
Below is my presentation of the images:
I haven’t bothered captioning them individually, as the exercise advises, as I believe they’re self-explanatory.
The flow of the pictures is generally in the order of the event; with the exception of the confetti image which I think serves as a kind of ‘title shot’ for the set.
I limited the number of images so as not to overwhelm the viewer with images – I also think reducing the number of images helps keep a tighter narrative; like good Powerpoint Presentation practice – it ensures you deliver the essentials of the story.
I found having a clear idea of shots I expected did help me keep in mind what I had to get; but once I got the basics I then looked around for other ‘unplanned’ shots. It’s definitely a big help having a good idea of what you’re going for, and having a good look around the venue beforehand was also useful.