The Art of Narrative Photography

An artist’s ability to create images is usually judged by how well they can tell a story. Whether it be through the use of light, color, or movement, the images that are created should evoke emotion in the viewer and transport them to another place. The art of narrative photography takes this idea one step further – these photos document an event or experience so thoroughly that you feel like you were there yourself.

The following blog post will explain what narrative photography is and why it is becoming more popular in today’s society. It also includes tips on how to create your own narrative photographs using different types of cameras!

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The history of photography

The history of photography dates back to 1839. This is when a French scientist, Louis Daguerre, managed to create a photographic plate that captured the image over a long exposure period using silver nitrate and mercury. He called this process “daguerreotype”.

However, the first photographic camera dates back to 1826. It was invented by Nicéphore Niépce who managed to capture an image using a primitive pinhole camera. This process is called “heliography” and it is considered as one of the earliest forms of photography in history.

What is narrative photography

Narrative photography is a form of artistic expression that creates a story through the use of photos.

A narrative photograph relies on context and emotional effect to evoke a reaction from the viewer. The goal of a narrative photographer is to create an emotional connection with the viewer by telling a story in each photo they take.

A good example of this type of photography is “The Kiss,” which was taken by Robert Doisneau in 1948. It depicts a couple kissing passionately in front of the Eiffel Tower, and it explores themes such as love, romance, and sexuality. This photo has become one of the most iconic photographs in history because it tells such an intimate and personal story about two people who find themselves drawn together by fate.

The benefits of Narrative Photography

Standard benefits:

– Capture moments in time.

– Relive memories.

Emotional benefits:

– Create a storyboard for your life.

– Share your unique perspective with the world.

The importance of storytelling in photography

Photography is an art that is famed for its beauty. Narrative photography takes it one step further, by adding to the beauty with a story. Narrative photography can be seen as something that relates to the world around us and how it affects our lives, or it could also relate to our personal experiences.

The world around us is filled with stories. The way light reflects off of a mountain, or how the shadows fall across our faces all tell their own story.

Narrative photography has only just begun to gain traction in recent years thanks to digital technology that makes it easier than ever before for everyone to pick up an SLR camera and begin creating compelling images right away. Yet even though there are many brilliant photographers who have not yet mastered narrative skills, they still produce stunning work because this kind of artistry does not require any specific training; anyone can be creative! This means that whether you’re interested in taking pictures during your family vacation or documenting your time as part of a landscape team at Yosemite National like I did last summer (link to blog), you can tell a story.

No matter how you choose to capture your surroundings, remember that storytelling is what makes it art!

How to tell a story with your photos

One of the best ways to tell a story with your photos is to take different angles. You can do this by standing up and even sitting down for variations in perspective. For example, when photographing a group photo, try taking it from close up and far away, so you can capture the whole group and individual people in it. There are many types of shooting angles that you can experiment with that will help bring out different emotions in your subjects.

Tips for telling stories through photos

1. Use your surroundings to create a story.

Another way you can create a story through your photo is to study your surroundings. Rather than go to the trouble of creating props or setting things up, see what’s in your immediate environment. For example, if you’re taking a photo of an abandoned house, take the time to look for interesting details for your photo–is there broken glass on the ground? Does the paint on the house has peeling edges? What are the plants growing around it like?

If you’re telling a story with people, try getting close to them and seeing their facial expressions. If it’s about plants, get up close and personal with them–does this one flower need pruning?

2. Choose an important event in your life, or one that is happening right now, and share it through photos over the course of a few minutes.

3. Feature only the people who are involved with the project you are showcasing to tell their stories.

4. Write down what you want to show in your story ahead of time – how many photos total, what each photo should show, etc

Why you should use Instagram Stories as an additional platform for sharing your photo narratives

Social media platforms have been a major source of information for the public. In this regard, many people have been using them as a platform to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Instagram Stories is one platform that has been used as an additional tool in sharing photo narratives.

Some of the benefits of using Instagram Stories as a photo narrative include:

The ease of creating a story

The availability of editing tools before publishing a story

The ability to choose from a wide range of filters, fonts, and stickers

The length of time that content remains on the app before it becomes private again

The anonymity that comes with not showing your real name or profile picture when posting content on the app.

Examples of narrative photographs in film, art, and life

Examples of narrative photographs in film, art, and life:

– Camera pans up to reveal the New York skyline in “Premium Rush.”

– The focal point in “Guggenheim” is the winding staircase that leads to the top of the building.

– A series of shots of two hands playing together in “The Piano Player.”

Here are some examples of narrative photographs in art:

– A young girl stands at the edge of a pool, looking out into the distance.

– An old man sits on an isolated beach with his suitcase and hat to keep him company.

– A woman is seen from behind as she walks into a room full of bookshelves. She looks over her shoulder before reaching for one particular book that will reveal a key moment in her life story when she was younger.

Even though these photos do not have any people or moving objects in them they still manage to tell us stories through their imagery alone without words being involved at all! This is what makes them narratives – you can see pictures where there aren’t any but you still get the sense of what’s happening in them!

Why so many people are drawn to this type of photography

Photo narratives are more personal than other types of photo projects. For this reason, many people find them to be more appealing because they allow the photographer entrance into their lives.

The images in these photos can be shown without words which draws people into their story. They seem like secrets that the photographer is comfortable with sharing. A viewer of these images may wonder if they will ever experience what it’s like to see life through this person’s eyes. By looking at the photos, you’re given a sense of getting closer to the photographer who took them and understanding how they live. This type of intimate relationship allows viewers to feel safe with the photographer and able to relate stories with them on a new level.

An added bonus for photographers who are looking to make a name for themselves is that publishing images on social media platforms like Instagram have helped many people get noticed. The fact that photo narratives can be told without words makes them easy for anyone who does not speak the same language or read in whatever key your photos were taken, to understand and appreciate what they’re seeing.

How you can start with your phone or camera today!

You don’t have to have expensive cameras to take narrative photos. Narrative photography can be done on just your phone! All you have to do is find a good setting for the photo that will tell the story of what you are trying to convey. There are different tools that can help you edit your photos in order to make them look more professional. You can also use filters in order to change the mood of the photo depending on what it is that you are trying to share about your day-to-day life.


The art of narrative photography is a new and exciting way to tell stories.  It is not just about the final image, but capturing moments that tell a story. The best photographers are those who can capture something in an image that makes you feel as if you were there and experiencing it first hand. Feel free to contact us for any questions or queries at [email protected]