I want to share one aspect that helps me tell stories through images. My hope is that there is something of use for the storytellers out there.
What do you want to show most in a picture?
You may have so many elements in the picture. But when you chose one thing to focus and sacrifice other elements that deceptively seem interesting, you have composed a picture that looks good.
What do I wan to show most in a picture? This is the question I ask myself all the time nowadays when I am filming a documentary or news. Anybody can switch on a camera and randomly point at a subject, but usually the image will be mediocre. Why? Because it is likely that other elements in the frame distract audience’s attention away from the most important part of your image.
If you don't know what you want to show most, then the audience will not know what to look for either. Keeping it simple is important to deliver an impact through images.
For example, it might be blurring your background to make the subject stand out.
It might be about giving the main subject more space in the photo. It might cut out other interesting elements, but the impact of the image will be bigger.
Sometimes there are so many things you want to tell in a scene, but when you try to put all in, you lose all in return. Sometimes it is about subtracting the unnecessary to achieve what is really necessary.
I am a documentary/News cameraman based in London.