Edited and prepared by Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU

D. Scott Carruthers has been interested in photography since an early age. He’s also interested in Vegan and Paleo diets. You can find more of his work at carruthersphoto.com

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and there are many things that could be tucked in pictures. Many people who understand photography don’t just take photos for the purpose of keeping memories entirely, but they use this as a perfect opportunity to present their story about the environment and subjects included therein.

If you have been wondering how you could as well tell a story through photography, you need to listen to some of the information am going to offer here. I am D. Scott Caruthers, a renowned photography expert and enthusiast and part of my passion has been exploring different photography ideas and presenting the beauty of nature through the art.

Embed a relationship

One of the ways you could cleverly tell a story through photography is by embedding a relationship in your photos. The content presented to the audience through photos should include information they can relate with or things they can join together to get ideas about the relationship you are trying to introduce through the art.

To play around with relationships, you need to consider using people, probably more than one. Having several people and working around a specific setting allows you to deal with the issue of embedding a relationship that offers a definition to your photos. A creative way you could do this is by cutting out one of the subjects in a manner that only a small part of the person will be visible. This allows viewers to ask questions and want to know the relationship between the two or more people present in the photo.


You also need to consider the context of the venue and subjects. You could utilise the background and elements present to help tell a story about the time when the photo was taken. In the background, the kind of things present could give a hint about what kind of event was happening or the time during which this happened. Of course you should not be too obvious as to give the audience an easy time when interpreting the hidden message.


Apart from taking a single shot that sums up what you are up to, you could introduce a structure in your story telling journey. Basically, a structure includes an introduction, a plot and conclusion.


The introduction shots should aid viewers to move into the plot and other levels of the story. This could be hints about what is about to come in later photos, but you are advised not to give a lot of information as this could render other parts of the story irrelevant because too much on the introduction could make the body look repetitive.


When it comes to the plot, you need to incorporate a sequence that leads viewers through different events, and in this stage you should consider exploiting the values of color and texture to emphasise mood and to help pass the message candidly in a manner that many will feel connected to the story.


The last photos, or last couple photos, needs to complete the journey you’ve taken the viewer on. It could finish as expected, or have a twist of some kind. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it.

If you follow these tips, you’ll definitely get it right, every time!

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