Crafting a good story
“Ideally the image should have strong moments, a balance between visual information and emotion,” Joseph explains. While news photography usually demands drama or iconic backgrounds, he feels that this rarely reflects real life and sometimes seeks balance in quiet and unexpected moments. Building a good story transports the reader into the news action, and evokes emotions as though the reader is experiencing the events first-hand.
In the age of digital journalism, pictures work in tandem with text graphics and video to create an immersive experience for the reader. Captions play a vital role in educating readers about the issues in the image, while providing some context. The way the photos are displayed can influence the way a story is told as well. Whether scrolling from left to right, up and down, or flipping through an interactive gallery, the layout ultimate shapes the flow of the narrative that builds in the reader’s mind. A great photo is nothing if the story ineffectively told, he states.