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How Drones Can Help Tell Your Story

As cameras have become smaller and lighter, we have entered into a whole new realm of photographic possibilities. In fact, some of them can even fly. Yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about drones. It’s no surprise drones are becoming more popular than ever before. They provide new perspective and…

Conservation through photography: Interview with Dave Showalter

Dave Showalter does not need words to convey his message. In his new book, Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads, the photographs of valleys of grazing buffalo and the ostentatious plumes of the sage grouse are powerful in their own right. These images are taken throughout the yawning…

Picture yourself with us: How supporter photos add a new edge to canvassing

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words but a new experiment conducted by Amnesty International suggests that it might also be worth over a million dollars in donations. Canvassers for the organization recently added one simple step to their recruitment strategy in Toronto: photographing new supporters.…

Humans of New York: A big city reclaims its community through visual storytelling

Has "Humans of ___" come to your city yet? It all started when a guy named Brandon Stanton had an idea to take photos of New York City citizens and pin their photos on a map to create a visual representation of his participants’ locations. Humans of New York is…

Using visuals to communicate size and scale

Just how big is the Great Barrier Reef? A quick Google search will tell you that it is approximately 2300 kilometers long and covers 344,400 square kilometers. That’s pretty big. But, just how big? It is difficult for people to wrap their head around large and obscure numbers. Grounding numbers…

5 best practices for photo captions that sing

Think about your blog posts. They probably include a photo or two. Hopefully authentic ones from your work. Perhaps taken by staff or volunteers, or crowdsourced from supporters.  If we’re describing your website, congratulations! You are already taking huge steps to draw supporters’ eyes and touch their hearts with smart…

Photo essays that captivate, part 2

This part two in a two-part series on photo essays. Yesterday, I wrote about powerful essays that use just one or two images. Today, I’m going to talk about longer-form photo essays. You probably are familiar with these from online news sites which use slideshows of five to ten images…

Photo essays that captivate

Instant. Emotional. Captivating. Yes, we’re talking about stories. Visual stories to be precise. Traditionally, stories are (hopefully, gripping) text with images to support the storyline. But, what if the story format was flipped to be largely made of images with text included to support the visual story, not vice versa?…

5 great visual stories from Exposure, and what you can learn from them

Ever seen a picture, a painting, or a photo, and wondered "what the heck is that?" You’re not alone. It’s how our brains work. In order to "know" what we see, we need to have seen it, or something similar to it, before. It’s easy to recognize a mountain, because,…

From hoarder to order: Organizing a photo library

I’m a saver. If I see a great photo, I grab it knowing there will be a project down the road it will be perfect for. While I prefer to think of myself as delightfully proactive, my computer desktop is telling me I’m a hot mess. Well, if you’re anything…