Unit 5: Telling Stories in Photos

Not technically a course this is another experiment in offering a full ds106 experience to open participants based on previous syllabi taught at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). The first was August-December 2013 as a “Headless ds106”. This Open ds106 is a re-organization of that experience, but without references to date or time- this could be something individuals or groups could do at any time, at any pace. See the full index to learn more.

Photo by Jennifer, UMW ds106 student, Spring 2013, see http://ds106.livingwithouta.net/2013/02/17/no-rules-for-good-photographs/

Photo by Jennifer, UMW ds106 student, Spring 2013, see http://ds106.livingwithouta.net/2013/02/17/no-rules-for-good-photographs/

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
-Ansel Adams

The photo, quote, and lead for this unit’s ds106 comes from a previous ds106 student’s perspective on photography.

In doing ds106 Daily Creates you’ve already been using photography and drawing skills, plus you’ve had some practice doing visual stories from our Introduction to Storytelling. This unit we go a bit deeper and give you the opportunity to practice telling stories in visual form. We also hope to have us thinking more about story when we use our cameras.

You may go from someone who takes a lot of snapshots or quick mobile photos to one who thinks more about composition, framing, and being more intentional with your photography. Even if you are an accomplished photographer, you can always get better by honing skills or trying new approaches. And we find that people doing this unit’s work come away noticing the world around them in new ways, in more detail.

This uniy most of our work comes from the ds106 Assignment Bank – we strongly urge you to write up your assignments to meet the criteria of being a Blogging Champ— this means not only blogging the visual media you create, but writing about the idea/inspiration behind it and information on how you made it.

Inspiration: Photographer Jason Eskenazi describes Storytelling and Visual Literacy

Hat tip to Barbara Ganley for sharing this video in twitter. Tweet her @bgblogging and invite her to share her visual storytelling prowess to ds106. She needs some ds106 action!

The Story Behind a Photo

Becoming Better Photographers


Daily Creates and Flickr

Visual Assignments

Rally Your Radio Show Groups

Summary Checklist for this unit

Just For More Inspiration

Check out Curious Wanderings of Batman in the American Southwest for a visual treat of putting one character into a different setting.


In this delightful series of black and white photographs by French artist Rémi Noël, Batman is imagined in a number of tongue-in-cheek scenarios. These photos are almost like a glimpse into the life of a retired Batman living out the rest of his days in the desert landscapes of the Southwest.

Whether he is sunbathing by the pool, waiting for his cape to finish washing at the laundromat or learning a new recipe, Batman still appears stoic and majestic in his surprising surroundings.

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