Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Considerations for shooting, editing and assembling photo presentations that entertain
How Multiple Photos Act Together
One photo can be limiting when you’re trying to tell a story. Put together a whole set of images, and the effect can be dramatic. That effect is strongly influenced by the order of the images, however, and how photos change from one to another. If you understand some of these concepts, this also will affect the types of pictures you take so you have more choices for your slideshows.
Here are two things to try:
• Wide shot, medium shot and close shot. This is a classic technique of Hollywood. By shooting more than one type of shot, you can better show off your subject.
• Connections. Whenever you put two photographs together, there’s always a connection, or at least an implied connection, that a viewer will look for. For example, a child packing a bag followed with an image of a train implies that they go together—people will make that connection even if the child never went on that train!
Simply adding a lot of pictures together doesn’t necessarily help you tell a good story. The pictures must work together to support the story.
Be careful that you don’t have pictures that take away from the story. Whether we like it or not, photographs that are out of place in a group of pictures, no matter how much we like the content of that image, will be distracting and take the viewer out of your story. You can’t throw in any picture of the subject just because you like it if that image is overexposed, has focus problems, is blurry or in any other way will engage the wrong sort of attention from the viewer.
Another thing that you want to be aware of is that your pictures must have variety. If all the pictures look more or less the same (i.e., all shot from the same angle and in the same light), your viewer will get bored and stop paying attention to your story. Mix up your shots with different angles and compositions. Create variety with wide shots, medium shots, close shots and extreme close-ups and details.
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