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Laura Ross, Publicist

Storytellers: A Photographer’s Guide to Developing Themes and Creating Stories with Pictures

New Book/eBook from Peachpit Explores How to Create Visual Stories Through Images

Berkeley, CA—December 9, 2011— All images tell a story. Whether they're produced as works of art, on assignment for National Geographic, or as part of a family vacation, images say more than just a shutter speed, ISO, or aperture setting. We make images for a reason.

Storytellers, written by photographer and instructor Jerod Foster, focuses on visual storytelling and how a deep knowledge of process and personal vision can create stronger images. Storytelling often requires the use of certain lenses, apertures, or light modifiers, but the story is what holds everything together. To become a better storyteller, readers will explore:

  • Composition, light, depth of field, and motion and how to properly use the camera technically to dig deeper
  • Visual themes and how they provide stories with interest and depth
  • Types of shots and shooting styles and what they convey in images
  • Research and ways to conceptualize the story before shooting
  • Strategies for developing their own effective storytelling workflow during and after the shoot.

This beautifully written and illustrated guide will help photographers connect the how-tos of digital photography with the who, what, when, where and why of storytelling to bring their vision and their images to life.

About Jerod Foster
Jerod Foster is a Texas-based editorial and travel photographer with a focus on environmental portraiture and natural history for magazines, books, and commercial clients. He also leads photography workshops and is a photography instructor at Texas Tech University. Jerod is a partner in Badlands Design and Production, a specialty book design/publishing company that also produces HD video on cultural history and conservation projects in Mexico and Texas. Visit his website and read his popular photography "Field Lighting" tips and blog at

About Peachpit
Berkeley-based Peachpit has been publishing the industry’s best-selling books on the latest in photography, graphic design, Web design and development, digital video, digital lifestyle, and general Mac computing since 1986. Its award-winning books, eBooks, videos and applications feature step-by-step explanations, time-saving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all experience levels. It is the home of the internationally recognized Visual QuickStart Guide series, the design imprint New Riders and its acclaimed Voices That Matter series, Adobe Press, Apple Pro Training Series, and Apple Training Series, and is the publishing partner for Kelby Training/NAPP and others. Peachpit is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson's primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. Learn more at and