Visual impact

Vulture hovering over child

Famine in Sudan, 1993, photo by Kevin Carter

Dramatic images

We are working in visual media. Newspapers, television and the Web are all visual. If we are to tell our story well (whatever the story is), we need to give thought to how we might tell our story visually. At a minimum, we can include mug shots (or group shots) of our sources, landscape or architectural shots to show physical locations, relationships and size. With a little thought and care, we can often produce a dramatic image that calls attention to an important aspect of our story or that tells it in a way that words cannot.

The image above earned South African photojournalist Kevin Carter a Pulitzer Prize. No words could convey the desperate nature of the famine in Sudan as well as this image of a vulture waiting for a starving child to die.