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Help To Tell The Story With Detail Images | Corey Rich

By Chris Nachtwey on September 2nd 2014

As a photographer, our goal is to always tell a visual story. I have the belief that someone who views one or more of my images knows the story I’m trying to tell right away. Coming from the wedding photography world, I know how important detail images are, but no matter what you’re photographing, you should capture some detail images to help tell a better story.


In the Adorama sponsored video below, Corey Rich shows us a simple way to create detail images to help tell a better story about fly fishing.



Nikon D4s

Nikon 50mm f/1.4

corey-rich-tell-story-with-details-3Corey does a great job of keeping things simple and using the best light he has to create details images to help tell a story. A lot of people might think you need a macro lens to capture the small flies, but the use of a 50mm f/1.4 is a good choice in this case because Corey wanted to also include his subject in the background vs. just the fly in full detail.

Corey uses backlighting and a shallow depth of field to create  great detail images that you could easily do on the fly (no pun intended) when you’re capturing a visual story. I like his choice of having his subject hold the flies in the foreground, this captures the detail of the flies front and center, and still shows us more of the story with the fly fisherwoman in the background.



While this tutorial might seem very basic to some of you, it’s an important reminder to create detail images when you are trying to tell a story. Detail images are important for not only a magazine spread, but also a personal blog post. The more quality images you create of the whole “picture,” the better your visual story will be.

Via: Adorama Youtube Page

Images captured via screen grab

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Lehman

    I am new to photography and wondered about taking pictures with your sunglasses on as he does in this piece. Does that affect the way you see pictures while taking and/or reviewing them?

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  2. Basit Zargar

    nice one

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  3. David Hall

    Enjoyed this. Always include the details.

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  4. Chuck Eggen

    Applies to vide as well.

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  5. Peter Nord

    An edit button would be nice for old typists. shot should be show.

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  6. Peter Nord

    Always fish with flies. He doesn’t shot the real scene with one stuck in the back of a shirt.

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  7. Wendell Fernandes

    hahahahha indeed.

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  8. Mark Iuzzolino

    I never tried fly fishing mostly because it just seems boring. But at least this article helped to make it interesting.

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