THROUGH THE AGES, myth and story have been the primary vehicles for communicating meaning and truth. They are not merely the stuff of bedtime tales. The primary storytelling medium in our culture is the cinematic film, and given the billions of dollars attached to the film industry—as well as the royal status of its stars—it should be clear how important story is to us. An understanding of the elements of story and how they can be incorporated into your photography will make stronger images.

It doesn’t matter what you are photographing; a sense of story will make your images more engaging and compelling.

Story told in a single frame of a photograph and story told in a movie or novel are very different kinds of story. One ...

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