February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

Enhancing Story In Editorial Photography | Robert Hall


For a long period of my career, I was hyper-focused on creating strong technical photographs. I spent a lot of energy on image sharpness, dynamic range, etc. As photographers, we learn early about rules such as “use a shutter speed faster than your focal length to freeze subjects.” This is critical information for capturing high-quality images, but it can negatively impact our creative minds. As my photography has become more about the activities people engage in, I have started to feature more motion in my images. Motion can show direction, create a sense of speed, or capture a process rather than a moment. Don’t be afraid to open up that shutter speed if it can add context to a story.

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