I am wondering about what some of the traditional guidelines are to telling a story photographically. As some of you know I've been on some recent trips, and even though I like my images I'm finding it hard to "tell a story." In part, I'm missing key shots, and now I find myself wondering what the "rules" are. I remember reading that in the hey-day of magazine coverage (late 1960s through the late 1980s) a typical editor would seek an average of six shots to cover a story. Exotic travel magazines like National Geographic used 12 to 15 images. Are there guidelines? Are there "templates"? Are there rules? What is the outline for a photo-reportage? I would love to know them, in part to acquire the discipline of "getting the shot." I find myself overwhelmed by a location and the subjects within it sometimes, and am disappointed when I get back home, only to find I never shot the door, or the stage, or something else that's actually vital to the story.