How to Use Pictures to Create a Story
One of the hardest aspects of photography (whether you are a professional or just a lover of pictures) is knowing how to arrange and organize your photos. In doing this, the ideal outcome is to have a collage or magazine booklet that accurately portrays the events that you’re capturing.
In fact, what most people fail to realize is that the art of taking a good picture is as much in the storytelling as it is in the technique.
If this isn’t something that comes naturally to you, however, don’t worry. This article will go over some of the best ways to use your pictures to create a story and help you understand the delicate art behind picture-based storytelling.
Let’s get started!
#1: Never Underestimate the Small Details
If a story is what you want in your image, then small details are going to be your best friend.
Think about it: whenever you’re photographing a person, just a regular portrait of them never tells the whole story. Rather, their life is present in all the little details surrounding them. For example, taking a picture of a travel fanatic with brochures and travel books strewn around their desk. The books and brochures are small details, but they tell you more than just a portrait alone would.
#2: Never Take “Just One Photo”
When your goal is to memorialize a moment forever so that, each time you look at the photo, it brings you back to that moment, then taking a single picture won’t do it. To get that perfect shot, you want to take dozens of pictures and pick out only the best to keep.
Remember: you can always delete photos, but you can’t take more once the moment is over.
#3: In That Spirit, Learn to Be Selective
Think about how you feel reading your favorite book. When the pace is just right, with just enough detail but not too much, you become absorbed in the pages and begin to live the story.
Photography is much the same way. If you take 100 photos of a single scenario and try to use all of them, your story is going to become lost in all of those tiny details. Instead, try narrowing a large set of photos down to an essential 10 or 20 that really drive your story home.
#4: Think Outside of the Chronological
Another aspect of excellent stories is their ability to reveal information to the reader as it is needed, rather than simply dumping it onto the page in chronological order.
For example, a book might start a story from the middle and reveal information through a series of flashbacks and conversations. This makes the read much more compelling and allows you to make sure the reader is engaged throughout.
You can do the same thing with photos, especially when they are accompanied by story-telling text. So, the next time you’re arranging a set of photos (perhaps in your LIFEazine), try to put them together in an order that isn’t chronological. You may be surprised by how it turns out!
Telling a story with your photos is one of the most difficult tasks that you will encounter in your LIFEazine journey. Just because it’s difficult, however, doesn’t mean you have to be an expert or a professional to learn how to do it.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to take stunning photos, we recommend checking out the rest of our blog! Or, if you’d like to get started with creating your story-telling photo collage, you can visit our LIFEazine subscription, which is temporarily free until March 1st!
Regardless of where you decide to go from here, keep this in mind: storytelling with photos is difficult, but so long as you don’t give up, you will get better over time.
Your LIFEazine team believes in you!
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