Narrative Photography With Kate Woodman

Narrative Photography With Kate Woodman

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Narrative photography is the art of using your photos to tell a story. When viewers can relate to a story or in your photography, they are more compelled to feel emotion or take action.

Kate Woodman, instructor of PRO EDU's The Science of Color, is back with an inspirational tutorial on storytelling. Whether you’re a commercial photographer, working on a personal project, or specializing in portraiture or landscapes, narrative photography is the answer that will add complexity and depth to your work.

In this course, Kate uses a case study of her invention to tell a romantic and mysterious story. Follow along as she shoots 2 models in 6 different, color-coordinated rooms. Learn her lighting, framing, and color thought processes as she directs the models and makes calculated changes to get her desired result.

In each of the six color coordinated rooms, Kate shows the location, explains the props, frames the shot, and sets up the composition according to the tone of the Narrative Arc. She directs the models explaining her thought process on each model’s hair, makeup, wardrobe and styling so the emotions of the characters are drawn out through camera. Kate talks about why she chose her gear including camera, camera settings, and lenses for this image. As she begins shooting, she makes changes in the lighting, props, color temperature, and styling to add to the authenticity and believability of the scene. Once Kate has made intentional decisions about the image she wants, she makes adjustments and takes final images as well as a backplate. Back at the studio, Kate explains her entire workflow for editing and color grading using actions.

In this chronological exploration of Kate’s storytelling process you will learn:

The concept of narrative photography and the four elements of The Narrative Arc that help an audience engage with a story
How to find inspiration and conceptualize it using a storyboard, mood board, journal, Pinterest, or other tools
Kate’s strategies related to framing, lighting, composition and color that help facilitate the narrative in this tutorials’ case study.
The basics of color theory, theme and emotion and how they can be used to add depth and layers to your work
Editing and post production workflow using actions
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll feel confidence to forge inspiration, conceptualize your ideas, and execute your plan to see it all come together in post production editing.

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Narrative Photography With Kate Woodman
  • On Location-Scene Breakdown

    Episode 1

    With pre-production complete, go on location at the Angad Arts Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Follow photographer, Kate Woodman, as she executes her vision for a vibrant, colorful narrative series. In this first room, the Purple Room, establish the scene and intention of the shoot. Identify camera...

  • On Location-Setup

    Episode 2

    After identifying the important components of the Purple Room scene, follow photographer, Kate Woodman, as she works through the location setup. Identify camera settings and watch as Kate iterates through a series of captures, honing in the story and perfect look. Learn how to manipulate pose, ad...

  • On Location-Photoshoot

    Episode 3

    With settings, lighting and pose perfected, watch as Kate executes her plan. Iterate through a series of captures (both subject focused and additional backplates) that will be composited in Photoshop during retouching.

  • Photoshop-Layer Blending

    Episode 4

    Enter post production on the first step of the narrative series. Follow photographer, Kate Woodman as she guides you through the image selects preparation in CaptureOne. Learn to composite multiple layers into a finished image using the power of Photoshop. Blend layers, manipulating scale, opacit...

  • Photoshop-Color Adjustments

    Episode 5

    Move from layer blending and compositing, into making dynamic color adjustments within Photoshop. Create color separation and motivated shifts in hue and saturation, while protecting skin tones. Employ a 2 pass approach to modifying color with global, then more targeted adjustments. Utilize solid...

  • Photoshop-Dodging & Burning

    Episode 6

    Focus on creating a more dynamic and dimensional image through using Photoshop’s dodging and burning tools. Using a curves workflow, create separation and impact through subtle and targeted lighting adjustments in post production.

  • Photoshop-Final Adjustments

    Episode 7

    In this section, focus on the final adjustments for the first image of the series - The Purple Room. Utilize the included custom action from Kate Woodman, entitled Mona Lisa, for a compressed dynamic range that yields a more painterly, stylized look. Learn to adjust a preset action for a customiz...