I love taking photographs and am finally working through my camera’s manual to learn about its functions (two years after I purchased it).
But I also love writing. Even though I have been very busy of late, in terms of my own writing projects including blogging, I have been feeling a little ‘stuck’ – ie. not moving backward, yet not moving forward. Thought it time for me to create some new quests and challenges to keep me motivated. So when I received one of my regular emails from The Daily Post at WordPress.com about ‘Set the Scene with a Three-Picture Story’ I got hooked on the idea.
If you’re interested, I would encourage you to read the full post by Michelle W (February 19, 2014) at: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/three-picture-story/#more-69410 Michelle includes great examples.
And subscribe to The Daily Post for more challenges.
However, here is a little about the three-picture story in brief (taken from Michelle’s post).
What is a Three-Picture Story?
‘It encourages you to think about the connection between your photos and subjects in a different way, and helps you create context that allows your photos to create a complete scene’.
It’s a story told through three related images – designed to create a more complete sense of your subject than a single picture. Together, they capture both visuals and feel:
Picture One: The Establishing Shot
This is the big picture — where are we? For this shot, step back from the subject and put it in context. Think wide-angle.
Picture Two: The Relationship
This shot starts to get at what it’s like to be in the place you’re shooting by showing subjects interacting. Often, this means people connecting with one another — talking, involved in an activity together, or just looking at the same thing — but it doesn’t need to be. Inanimate items and scenery elements can interact, too. (Michelle provides photographs as examples).
Picture Three: The Details
The third image completes the scene by zeroing in on a detail, something you might not notice (or even be able to see) in the broader photos.’ [cited from Michelle W’s post – http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/three-picture-story/#more-69410]
When I told my husband about the three-picture story, he laughed, and said that I already do that. Hmmm I thought, a little miffed. So I looked back at some of my photos taken in Japan, Seoul and Italy last year, and found that I instinctively do this a lot of the time. But what I don’t really do, is place pictures in a sequence to ‘tell’ individual stories.
And it is nice to be more aware of the pictures I take and what they will communicate, especially in terms of the experience of places, people and things, and be more conscious of creating a complete scene in three shots. I love this idea.
Of course this is just a guideline, and can be adapted to suit scenes without people, etc. Michelle gives some suggestions in her post.
So last weekend (the weekend that has just slipped around the corner) I paid three visits to my local park (not just a playground park), which is within walking distance from my home and was very snap happy. I also played around with my camera in the kitchen.
With that, here are some ‘three-picture stories’ I have captured thus far.
At Underwood Park.
At a local park – Dorset Park.
Preparing my daily juice.
The above pics aren’t the most interesting but thought I’d just experiment first.
Because ‘The Daily Post’ photo challenge this week features – threes. As such, I will be posting my selected ‘Three-Picture-Story/Stories’ this week.
This week’s challenge.