Photo Storytelling: Using Color, Contrast, and Scale | Cyn Lagos | Skillshare

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Cyn Lagos, Street Photographer

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9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:39
    • 2. Why Use Visual Language?

      4:21
    • 3. Studying Your Photos

      7:35
    • 4. Curating Your Hero Shot

      2:53
    • 5. Editing With Color in Mind

      9:30
    • 6. Refining With Contrast

      1:47
    • 7. Working With Scale

      3:07
    • 8. Putting it All Together

      5:10
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      0:23
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About This Class

Sourcing from your archives is a great way to explore photo storytelling from the comfort of home. Please respect all rules of social distancing if capturing new stills in your city.

Revisit your photo archive and discover how to tell a story through color, contrast, and scale with street photographer Cyn Lagos!

Join Cyn in the photo studio for a class that will make you see your camera roll in a whole new light. Known for her vibrant style and a strong point of view, Cyn believes that visual language is one of our most powerful tools of connection, regardless of culture or language. In her own work, Cyn has learned to let go of concentrating on technical skills when taking and editing her images and focuses instead on color, contrast, and scale to transform her photos from a standard image into a story. 

Now, she’s sharing how you can do the same. You’ll look into Cyn’s photo archive to spot trends and techniques she uses every day to carefully craft the story of her subject and the experience for her viewer before diving into editing tips and tricks you can apply to your very next photo project.

Each lesson explores a new aspect of storytelling through photography, including how to:

  • Spot the perfect hero shot from among your images
  • Use color, scale, and contrast to expand on your message
  • Edit in Adobe Lightroom with a narrative in mind
  • Ensure your images tell a story individually and together

Whether your go-to camera is a smartphone or your trusty DSLR, we all have the ability to tell a story through a photo lens. After taking this class, you’ll be able to revisit images you’ve taken in the past, curate your best shots, and share a story from your life like never before.