Part One: The Journey

1) Getting Close: A Personal Note

2) Steep End of the Learning Curve

3) The Camera as Writer’s Notebook

4) Upon Reflection

Part Two: The Classroom

5) Craft Lessons

  • One: Beware the So-What? Pretty Picture
  • Two: Consider the Point of View
  • Three: Capture Arresting Detail
  • Four: Bring Something Strong
  • Five: Create Tension
  • Six: Play with Foreground and Background
  • Seven: Take a Wide Perspective
  • Eight: Zoom in Close
  • Nine: Create the Right Mood
  • Ten: Include an Extra Element
  • Eleven: Embrace Surprise
  • Twelve: Show Motion
  • Thirteen: Draw in the Viewer
  • Fourteen: Use Gesture to Reveal Character
  • Fifteen: Tell the Truth

6) What’s Happening in This Photograph?

7) Photographing to Learn

8) How Photographs Spark Writing (or Do They?)

9) Double Exposure: Ralph Talks to Ralph