|Nikon D4, 28-300mm, ISO 800, ƒ/9, 1.3 sec|
In Journalism 101 the five Ws and H are taught as the questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering. Importantly, none of these questions can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no".
Last week while teaching Multi-Media Storytelling Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal we covered getting images that help give context for their stories.
Below here are some possible scene setters that help address the WHERE for the storyline.
When you examine the Five Ws and H most of those questions can be captured visually. The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.
This is why visual storytelling can be extremely powerful. You can get across a lot of information to the audience in a very short period of time.
While one image can capture "WHERE" a series of photos in a multimedia can do even more. Depending on the sequence, some music and the human voice can pull you even deeper into the context of the story.
|Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/13, 1/180|
Context photos are difficult when you use a shallow depth-of-field. Compare these two photos with where changing the aperture to gave a greater depth-of-field.
|Fuji X-E2, 55-200mm, ISO 200, ƒ/3.7, 1/1000|
|Fuji X-E2, 55-200mm, ISO 640, ƒ/10, 1/500|
Personally I prefer to get close with a wide angle verses using a longer telephoto lens, but here in these photos it does work.
|Nikon D4, 14-24mm, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/500|