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How to Write a Story in Multiple Ways

Lesson 20 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

How to Write a Story in Multiple Ways

Lesson 20 from: Becoming a Travel Photographer

Laura Grier

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20. How to Write a Story in Multiple Ways


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


How to Break Into Travel & Destination Wedding Photography


How Are You Perceived as a Photographer?


Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You


Activity: What Are Your Photography Goals?


Owning Your Own Style


Preparing for a Photoshoot


The Importance of Research


Lesson Info

How to Write a Story in Multiple Ways

Okay, so there's not just one way to tell a story and then going back to repurpose ing images. I did this and I got the article published on having a post. I was like, but I want to share it with more people. I want to do more with us. There's so many cool things like these pictures are awesome. And so I ended up just trying to write different stories about it for different publications. Novica did a block post on it about, you know, a vanishing culture. And so I did a different spin on it, and I wrote that for them, but still repurposed a lot of the images. And then, you know, I wrote about in my own log and like I was trying to just get it out in lots of different ways. So there's always more than one way to tell a story, and going into that, I want to do kind of ah, fun exercise. This is one of pictures I took on this trip, and this is a floating sort of like a convenience store that comes every couple days, the island and they can buy really not healthy food. It's like chips and st...

uff like that. Sodas from the mainland. But it's sort of like they're one modern like luxury that they get on the island. They're pretty much is having fish all the time. And so they get, like, basic groceries and stuff brought out in produce. Brought out to them was obviously they can't really grow anything here and on. This little girl was like opening up like a Ritz bag or something, and I did a photo of her and a lesson that I learned when I was learning. Photojournalism is the power of words, and I wanted to give an example. We would do an exercise like this where somebody would have put a picture up and write a caption for it. So I just did a quick caption that was like the kudos indigenous people can be found living unfolding grass islands in Lake Titicaca. There, perhaps one of those outstanding examples of ancient human innovations still in existence so I can write sort of a celebratory idea or caption like Look how amazing these people have somehow kept this civility civilisation alive, you know? But then I could take that same image and write something a little bit more like sad. Like the orders, people are vanishing culture and poverty. Lack of food is forcing have contact with modern day cultures on land and brought tourism and means during products to their islands. So I can talk about like instead of this being a celebration of their culture, I could use the same image and say something like their vanishing and look at them. Now she's eating a Ritz bag and, like this, is like their cultures dying. You know, I could write an article. I mean a caption that illustrates that idea, working right even more darker. Caption that says. Some argue that the kudos way of life doesn't exist anymore, and it's just for show and the tourism and permanent contact. The mainland has created a Disneyfication of their culture, so I could just write a whole article about how it's a sham and like that, it's not really, really anymore. You know, it's interesting because I'm using the same image, but I'm applying a totally different meaning to it through my words and and it's really powerful, Like people talk about wanting to travel for, however, in a photojournalist about being truthful and documenting life and being honest in, like National Geographic or different companies like you can't retouch your pictures and and the reality is we're all editing. The second we looked through a lens and decide to frame it a certain way and decide to take that picture. There could be like there's so much going on in the outside of this picture. I like my assistance, like holding a light and like all this stuff happening, you know, it's not like this moment was just there and I caught it. And but people don't know that, and there's a lot going on, like the story and the set up in the whole process to get here and what I write about it. And and so as photographers, we have a lot of really controlling the environment, and we're controlling how we choose to frame it, how we choose the crop, it how we just delayed it and how we choose to talk about it. And so we have a lot of power with are images through words and a lot more than you think. And so if you could sit there and argue back and forth, you know what? Israel, What isn't Really Are you looking at something? Is that truth when you're looking at it? Or is it perception is truth or, you know, there's so many things like I could probably crop it on this picture and just have it be a portrait of a little girl and cut out the whole, like, you know, floating grocery store and stuff, and it could be a completely different image. So that's something I just wanted people to start thinking about, that your words really are powerful, and they really can change the entire meaning, our concept to your story, like or to your images. So with that, I started really thinking about my gosh. I have all these images on hard drives from all the years of traveling. Why can't I, like, bring them back up and just write different stories about them and and submit him to publications? Like I was thinking like I had to do. Everything was so current and so new. But a lot of these stories are age old stories. A lot of these places haven't changed that much in years, and if I visited it two years ago like who says I can't take those images and right a multitude of different articles and submit in two different places. And so you know the same thing that what National Geographic does is they literally go through their archive of images and say, All right, well, let's do new coffee table book. Let's say, you know, um, let's make the theme water. And so, like, I would have to go through and, like, go through years or the working his pick out cool images that had to do with water and, like they would just repurpose it and create a new AH brand new copy table book for National Geographic and sell it. But it's just repurpose ing stuff that they already had.

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Ratings and Reviews


I've been listening for, like, two hours. OMG. Like, I could, like, you know, get more from this if, like, she stopped jibbering and get to, like, you know, the topic? She sounds more like a rambling stream-of-thought teenager than a mature adult giving a succinct organized presentation. In two hours, I have, like, learned about two or three things I can, like, use. Like, Ehhhh...? It's like, bor-ing! Like, whutttt? Is she, like, 15 or what? Sheesh.

a Creativelive Student

I have to start by saying that I was lucky enough to be part of the live audience in this class! What Laura has shared this 2 days, is something that will have taken me a few years to learn. Thank you for remanding me that we create our own opportunities and we have to go for what we want instead of waiting for it to happened and will these tips your share in this class, will make it a lot easier to approach editors or potential clients to be able to conquer my goals! Thanks you very much Laura and Creative Live for making all these possible for the photo community all around the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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