Capture Artful Moments With Your iPhone | Day 10 of 10


Whether told in images or words, a good story contains a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is true whether you’re photographing a family vacation, daily life, or an event. 

A photo story can be told in a single frame or in a series of three to five (or more) shots. I like to create a shot list for my photo stories. Photograph your subject in a variety of ways in order to narrow down your story later. Use all the tips you’ve learned from days 1 through 9 to create a visually impactful tale.

To create a photo story in three frames, try this: 

Frame #1: A wide expansive shot of your subject.

Frame #2: Your subject in action.

Frame #3: A detail shot.

To create a story in five frames, add a few extra shots:

Frame #1: An establishing shot (creates the setting for your story). 

Frame #2: A portrait of your subject.

Frame #3: A change in perspective of your subject.

Frame #4: An action shot. 

Frame #4: A detail shot.

*Remember to create an arc in your photo story and sequence it from beginning to end. 

To create a story in a single frame, try this:

Show detail and context about your subject, such as an environmental portrait. 

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Show story snippets with detail shots. Get close to your subject. Hold your camera steady. Reach your hand close to your subject. Frame your composition then manually lock focus on your hand close to your subject before you click the shutter. This will focus on the detail you want in your frame. 

 You can try to isolate your subject by using negative space (such as a blank wall or open sky) as the background or conversely, fill your frame with positive space (such as a field of flowers or forest of trees). 

The idea is to get a sharp point of focus, either on the whole subject or the part you want to emphasize, with a background blurry.

 If your iPhone has Portrait mode, you can try that out as well to capture details.

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Action photography includes any subject in motion, such as children, concerts, pets, sports, transportation, etc. The first step in capturing action is to have your camera on hand and be ready to shoot. If there are people or pets in the photo, focus on their faces, especially the eyes.

Include enough of the surroundings to tell a larger story with your image.

Use burst mode on your iPhone to capture a quick succession of photos. To use burst mode, frame the subject with your smartphone then hold down the onscreen shutter button to take a series of action shots.

You can also can slow the slow the motion by panning your iPhone (or mobile phone) from left to right. Hold your phone steady and try to move your phone at the same speed as your subject as you tap the shutter button several times.

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