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

    At this phase of the narrative, move forward into the Yellow Room. Go on location with Photographer, Kate Woodman, as she crafts the next frame of her story. Follow Kate as she sets the scene, describing the location, props, wardrobe, characters, gear, camera settings and story motivation.

  • On Location-Photoshoot

    Episode 2

    In this environment, follow Kate, as she walks through how to efficiently capture her vision within the space constraints of the location - the Yellow Room. Hear her philosophy on shooting without a tripod for composite imagery and when she chooses to shoot with a bracket and stitch mindset. Lear...

  • Photoshop-Layer Blending

    Episode 3

    With the photoshoot complete for the Yellow Room, follow Kate as she exports her image selects from Capture One and begins compositing and retouching with Photoshop. Watch a quick overview of the composite process.

  • Photoshop-Shaping, Color, & Perspective

    Episode 4

    Build on the composite of the Yellow Room by adding dimension to targeted areas with Dodge and Burn. Add lighting detail to the image subjects and environment for dramatic effect. Manipulate color with Kate’s custom Photoshop action, Mona Lisa. Change the image perspective to correct frame edge d...