How I practice storytelling through photography

Alfred Tanuwidjaja
5 min readFeb 12, 2024
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Recently, a client of mine asked me how she could practice photography as a beginner. If I am starting as a brand new photographer again, I would focus on storytelling first instead of jumping onto the technical side of things. This way, I will build my interest and morph into the photographer I want to be without losing any interest or frustration.

Since the world today revolves around social media, we might be overwhelmed by the technical terms of photography or even become envious of other professional photographer’s work. The best thing to do as a beginner is to enjoy the journey and have fun taking pictures first. Everything else will fall into place eventually.

Now, the question is…

What would I do?

I will group my photos in threes and focus on writing a short story or caption that best represents my photos.

Let me give you an example.

photo taken in Taipei

If you group photos, it is easier to tell a story. From the picture above, we tell that it is getting dark and a lady is waiting for a bus. The best part of this practice is the narrative behind it — we have the power to influence…