Category: How to Shoot Like a Documentarian

General photography tutorials, how-tos, light guide, composition, what to shoot to tell a story, etc.

The Ultimate Photo + Video Slideshow Creation Guide

You’ve felt it. The seductive impact a mix of music, sometimes sweet voices, movement, and great images plays on our souls when we see the latest slideshows or fusion videos shared by other photographers. Each time I see a gallery slideshow, especially ones mixed with video clips (also known as fusion videos), it reminds me […]

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How To Create a Slideshow in Adobe Premiere Pro for Photographers

So you’re ready to start creating slideshows with the elite software: Adobe Premiere Pro? Hannah Cross is a talented documentary photographer + videographer that can talk you through the basics in creating a slideshow in this software which you can easily do with photos just as you can video. If you’re still trying to figure […]

How to Make a Photo Slideshow in Windows Movie Maker

Making a slideshow in Windows Movie Maker is so easy, plus it’s already on your computer, so it’s free! (I’m a big fan of free). Here’s a video you can watch and follow along as I create a slideshow:   1. Start by opening the program. To add pictures, you can click the ‘add videos or […]

How to Create a Photo and Video Clip Slideshow in iMovie

Creating a video can be as complex or as simple as you would like it to be. iMovie makes it simple to create a powerful slideshow. I’m going to show you how simple creating a movie can be! Begin by opening iMovie Go to File>New Movie Select the theme you would like, I always choose […]

A Few Secrets to Getting More Authentic Photos

The days I cherish most are the ones that are beautifully ordinary. They’re the building blocks of who we are, how we spend our time, who we choose to love, and the foundations on which we grow our family and lives – that is what a Day In The Life session is all about. To […]

Telling Small Business Stories with Documentary Photography

Families aren’t the only ones who have stories to tell. Every business has a story as well. Telling small business stories in an easy-to-navigate way can be a very powerful marketing piece for the business. This is especially true for small businesses who generally must charge higher rates than large corporations in order to survive. For […]

4 Ways to Give Back With Your Documentary Talent

As photographers, we tell stories, immortalize history. We make tangible the intangible. Authentic emotion is the root of all that we do within documentary photography. Thus, as I’ve found in the last four years of pursuing this craft, it seems only natural to channel this potential into not simply creative and financial provision for my […]

Skip the Perfect Vacation Postcard Photo, Do This Instead

The moment we booked our tickets to Marrakesh, I was hoping for many new photo opportunies. I wasn’t disappointed. A four-hour, long flight from Dublin last spring brought us to the middle of the exciting, exuberant, bustling and sizzling city, where tourists and Western influence mix with the Arabic culture. My photography didn’t aspire to […]

How to Create Documentary Portraits of Grandma

I’ve watched my grandmother move homes a few times over the past 10 years or so, but she remains completely and wonderfully herself, bringing pieces of her life and self to each home she makes, while leaving others behind. My grandmother is one of the most amazing women I know, full of amazing stories, a […]

Magnify Small Moments into a Photography Experience

It sometimes feels like clients only seek photography services (documentary especially) for the MILESTONES (weddings, birthdays, events, etc.), as if only the big moments are worthy of hiring a photographer for / spending money on. In my experience (after starting out on this lone, documentary road in my local area), when money is attached to photography, […]

How to Run Day in the Life Photography with a Couple

So often it seems like couples without children feel that the details of their daily lives aren’t “photo-worthy.” And that makes me so sad, because in 20 years, when they’re looking back on where they started, I know they’ll feel completely different about it. They’ll wish they could remember those seemingly insignificant details of the […]

A Morning in the Life Before School

Our “school” mornings consist of our family being together — groggy and sometimes a little crabby, but together. I revealed these Morning in the Life photos for our 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge participants, so they could have an example. The funny thing is, I made these pictures on a whim, before the challenge on the fly, without thought. […]

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