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In the last couple of decades, visual communication has become increasingly present both in the media and in our everyday lives. Video and photography are modern means of telling a story. A photo essay represents a series of images, organized in a particular succession so that it depicted a specific emotion or concept or events unfolding in a specific way. Photo essays vary from those that are composed solely of photographs, photographs with descriptions or subtitles to those in which the text is predominant and photos are used to complement or illustrate the written text. Photo essays are becoming widely used by the members of the press, people in the advertising industry, bloggers. They are a handy tool for expressing emotions, creating a “how to” instruction, or showing the unfolding of events.
Making a photo essay can be divided into three sections: selection of the topic, creating the images and developing the organizational structure of the essay.
These instructions should give you an insight into what a photo essay really is and how you can create it yourself. Remember, however, that practice makes perfect so do not expect your first photo essay to be a masterpiece. Stick with it and with a bit of photographic technique, some practice as well as some passion you should make an excellent storytelling photographer.