Week #6: Love Story

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Feb 1 and Sunday, Feb 8 (noon, Eastern)

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and love is in the air! This week, we ask you to photograph a Love Story. In the past, we’ve had “Love” challenges, but this year we’re kicking it up a notch by adding the “Story” element right into the challenge name. Here at 52Frames, we believe that telling a story is one of the main tenets of a great photograph. In general, whenever you lift the camera up to your eye, you should be thinking to yourself, “What is the story I’m telling here?” This week’s challenge simply makes that question all the more obvious. It’s not easy to tell a story in a single, still image. Of course, your story doesn’t need a beginning, middle, and end. Think of it as a single, frozen scene. It’s a glimpse into another world; it doesn’t even need to be coherent, but it should give the viewer pause, and leave the viewer wanting to know more. Remember to make use of all the tools at your disposal to help tell your story: models, setting, props, lighting, angle, focus, processing, etc. Try to figure out what story you want to tell before setting up the shot.(Note: You’re of course also welcome to capture your shot spontaneously, but even a street capture can have an element of storytelling in it, pay attention to everything in the scene [background, other people, light] and ask yourself how those elements are adding to your story). As always, try to think beyond the first idea that comes to mind. You can always circle back to it, but challenge yourself to think of even more creative ideas.

Tips and Tuts for this week:


Need some inspiration? Check out our previous ‘Love’ albums from 2014 and 2013, and of course our favorite source of inspiration, here.

Extra Credit: “Inspired by a Famous Love Story”

Think of a famous love story from cinema, literature, history, theater, music, or anything else. Draw inspiration from a story that we’re all familiar with, but retell it with your own unique voice and creative eye.

Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!