Introduction to Narrative Photography

A course by Dara Scully
Photographer and writer.
On Domestika since 11/28/2018
, Photographer and writer

Learn the resources to tell a story through images

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (71)
  • 2926 students
Introduction to Narrative Photography

Learn the resources to tell a story through images

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (71)
  • 2926 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 11m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Dara Scully started taking photographs at age 17 and has since developed a unique creative voice and personal universe. Photographer and writer specialized in narrative photography, in this course she will teach you how to offer a photographic series in which the photographs have the power to tell a story in themselves and to create a global story by "reading" them as a whole.

For this, you will get to know her professional working method, from the birth of the idea to its final development in the photoshoot, and subsequent its editing and retouching in Adobe Photoshop. At the end of this course, you will have started an artistic path to tell stories in photographic series both behind and in front of the camera.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before the picture: the idea
  • U3
    U3. We start photographing
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction: narrating with Photoshop
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by meeting Dara, who talks to you about her artistic work: what inspires and seduces her, why she started taking photographs, and her beginnings developing a narrative and poetic photography styles.

Learn what’s narrative photography and what’s a photographic series, and delve deep into the importance of an artist's notebook. You’ll then start the creative process, creating a brainstorm to help you define your images through sketches and annotations.

Dara walks you through the photographic equipment that she usually uses in her sessions, and how you can take high-quality photographs without needing a huge setup. In addition, she explains why location, props, styling, and models are key to the narrative of your photoshoot.

You will learn to make two photographic sessions: the first behind the camera and the second in front as an element of the image. Learn how to assemble the set and how the images are built before the shooting. Discover some simple tricks to make this process more fun and also more complex.

Once the sessions are finished, you will start the post-production phase. Select the best images, learn how to adjust them with Camera RAW, and edit them in Adobe Photoshop.

To finish, Dara gives some tips on publishing your narrative photographic series and reaching more people on social networks, among other ideas to share your project.

What is this course's project?

You will develop a narrative series of 4-5 photographs that tell a narrative idea or concept, through their composition and their relationship with each other.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at beginning photographers or creators of any level who want to explore narrative or conceptual photography, and also want to build their own artistic universe through photographs that, as a whole, can tell stories.

What you need

You will need basic photography skills, as well as a camera of any kind. In addition, it’s recommended to have a computer with editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.


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Dara Scully

A course by Dara Scully

Photographer and writer

Dara Scully started taking photography at seventeen and has since then developed a creative voice and a universe through experimentation, error, and play. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca (Spain) and completed her technical training in photography at the EFTI School in Madrid (Spain).

In her work, she explores everything that seduces her and shapes her artistic universe: childhood and the transition to adolescence, instincts, the link between the human and the wild, and everything that lives in the shade. Dara’s photographic work has been exhibited at art fairs in Spain, Great Britain, France, and Iran.


  • U1


    • I introduce myself
    • What inspires me
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Before the picture: the idea

    • Narrating through photography: the photographic series
    • Artist's Notebook
    • Visual culture
    • The idea: brainstorming and sketches
    • The photographic equipment
  • U3

    We start photographing

    • Preparing the session: locations, props and styling
    • The photo shoot: behind the camera
    • The photo shoot: in front of the camera
  • U4

    Postproduction: narrating with Photoshop

    • Selection of images
    • Basic settings in Camera Raw
    • Edit with Photoshop 1
    • Edit with Photoshop 2
    • Narrative editing
    • The after
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to narrative photography

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Introduction to Narrative Photography

A course by Dara Scully
Photographer and writer.
On Domestika since 11/28/2018
  • 97% Positive reviews (71)
  • 2926 students