45 : Picture Stories

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What’s Your Story?

This week we are concentrating on our storytelling skills by practicing Picture Stories. The goal is to capture several images of the same subject from the same position in rapid succession. 

While each picture in a series is lovely on its own, the effect of displaying images together creates a result that is "greater than the sum of its parts". Showing a series of images can make a stronger emotional impact than just one image on its own. The viewer is able to infer more information and draw a narrative between images.

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TIPS:

  • Try to stay in the same position as you shoot. A consistent angle helps tell the story.

  • Shoot in burst mode or continuous mode if your subject is fast moving.

  • Don't ask your subject to look at the camera or smile. (Unless you specifically wish to make a series of expressive face portraits!)

  • Look for locations that have even lighting. Patches of sunniness or shadows can make it hard to keep your images looking consistent.

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EXTRA IMPORTANT TIP:

  • However tempting it may be, DO NOT look down at your camera and check your images as you go. You will miss the action! When shooting a series, keep the camera up and let the action unfold in front of you. Wait until it is completely done before you review images.


Creative Prompts

  • Almost anything can make an intriguing picture series. Children of all ages will engage in some kind of physical activity every day. Even something as simple as a child walking to the bus or a baby playing with toys on a blanket will make great subject matter. The more variety in the activity, the more likely you are to get a compelling set of shots!

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Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!