We all have them, lots of photos taken at special events, holidays or vacations. There are some interesting images in the group but they’re lumped together in a way that does not engage your viewer. Translation: you’re excited about some of the pictures but no one else wants to watch your slide show. How do you show off your images in a way that is interesting and meaningful? Tell a story, visually.
Watch a great movie or TV show and notice how it’s put together. You might see a wide shot of a room, then it cuts to a medium shot of someone’s face, then a close-up of a foot or hand or other detail in the scene. That creates interest for the viewer and draws us IN to the story. The same principle applies when telling a story with still images.
Here is a good example of telling a story with very few images.
These pictures were taken by a student of mine who loves the golf course. He watched my Landscape and Panorama show (DTWP-104) and learned how to create a panorama image with his point and shoot camera. That’s his wide shot. Next he took a medium shot of the pin, a closer shot of his shoes and golf club (nice perspective) and a detailed shot of the golf ball. See? Pretty easy. Try it yourself. I bet you start to see things a little differently and now, everyone will be interested in seeing your pictures!