By Leigh Rogers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 11) — Mike DuBose and Jan Snider from United Methodist Communications led a workshop for communicators to improve their visual storytelling through photography and videography at the annual Religion Communications Council convention this week in Alexandria, Virginia.

Taking better pictures

DuBose, an award-winning photographer, led the session with the thought that the key to good photography is to “make folks feel what you feel inside,” like a country music song sings. It should be universally literate, communicating the same message across languages and cultures.

Showing his own images to the group, he gave tips on how to go beyond the basic group shot or head shot to convey context, emotion and ultimately humanity. Instead of the headshots, consider portraits, he advised. The difference is that headshots are generic and expressionless depictions of people, whereas portraits “reveal personalities” and “give a human connection” to the person. To get that, DuBose suggests distracting the subject away from the camera so they might offer more interesting expressions.

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