How To Master The Art Of Story Telling Through Photojournalism
Documentary Photography
February 26, 2020

Photojournalism is all about documenting a story without using a lot of words to explain the photograph. And to capture a story through a photograph is truly but a master's art. You can be an ace photographer but if you can’t capture human emotions through your camera, then you can’t become a good photographer.

And as a photojournalist, the prior most thing that you should learn is to understand people and capture their emotions. With that, when you focus on a couple of more things like, the background - which will add context to the story and the subject- which will portray what the feeling in the situation is. 

So today in this blog we are going to tell you about the art of storytelling in photojournalism and how you can practice it to become a better photographer.


Here Are 5 Things That Will Help You Learn The Art Of Storytelling Through Photojournalism


The Starting Point:


A story always has a start/ beginning. And in a two-dimensional photograph, that starting point can be captured through good and meaningful composition. Photographers always confuse having more elements as better compositions.

But let me tell you, a well-composed photograph is when you use little things in the frame and yet tell a story successfully. ‘Beginning’ storytelling happens when your photograph leads to other pictures, or even if a single picture explains the story that is going to take place.


People in Action/ Gestures:


This is the most used technique of storytelling in photojournalism. Where the people are standing in a setting that can be used as your background and their action becomes your subject. The actions will be very natural and when used against the right context, they will convey a great story. For eg; a popular picture of a Girl giving a rose to the policemen amidst a protest.


A Single Person As A Subject:


A single person can also be your subject and their expression can speak volumes about the tension or situation of a particular story. The happiness, sadness, horror in one's eye are a good way to convey a story without using many elements in a picture.


Open Story:


An open story is the one where you don’t focus much on the context, but you just capture the expression of the subject. It is called an open story because the viewers don’t know anything. Where the subject is coming from, where the subject is heading towards. The viewer is absolutely clueless and the photograph is open to perception.


Closed Story:


It again doesn’t have much of a context or background focus, but the subject in action will tell you what must have happened in the scene. It gives you a clear idea about the incident. But what made it occur is not necessarily justified.

For eg: A woman holding her injured son and crying. 

We know here, that the son is injured, might or might not die and the mother is in sorrow. 

But we don’t know what caused the injury. It could be an accident or a fight.




These are just a few ways of conveying a story. But when you understand how to develop an eye for emotions and stories around you. You will definitely become a great photojournalist.

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