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

    Move on to the second location for the series - the Red Room. Follow photographer, Kate Woodman, as she establishes the scene and narrative goal for this scene. Look at model posing, wardrobe intention, camera settings, lighting, and prop placement. Understand the mindset of the characters to set...

  • On Location-Photoshoot

    Episode 2

    With the scene set, follow photographer Kate Woodman, as she captures multiple images for a composite workflow. Hear her insights as she shoots and listen to her directives to her subjects, to achieve the next phase of the relationship of her characters.

  • Photoshop-Layer Blending Part I

    Episode 3

    Follow Kate at a more accelerated pace as she works through the retouching/compositing phase of the Red Room image. Begin as she identifies her photoshoot selects in Capture One and preps them for Photoshop editing. Work through part 1 of her compositing and blending workflow to create the second...

  • Photoshop-Layer Blending Part II

    Episode 4

    With the scene extended, continue blending and compositing layers, stitching together the best elements from each capture for the final image. Utilize the crop tool guidelines as you continue to align and adjust your composite for the optimum framing and composition. Add the backplate to composit...

  • Photoshop-Dodge, Burn, & Color Adjustments

    Episode 5

    In this phase of post production, transition from compositing into color and lighting adjustments. Follow Kate’s workflow in adjusting skin tone utilizing Photoshop’s hue/saturation adjustment. Paint masks to target color adjustments to specific locations within the composition. Utilize a curves ...

  • Photoshop-Final Adjustments

    Episode 6

    For the final step on the Red Room - focus on color to complete the image. Utilizing Kate’s custom Photoshop Action, Mona Lisa - apply a dynamic range shift for a painterly aesthetic. Learn how to manipulate her action to fit the context of this image.