This photography tip is so obvious and I’m surprised that many people forget it. It doesn’t even require any special skills, just a camera and a steady hand.
It has often been said that a good photo is not necessarily one that follows strict technical standards. It’s not always about composition or lines or depth-of-field. A good photo expresses something — as though it is speaking to you but silently. But some photos don’t mean much when viewed singularly. When viewed as part of a series, however, the viewer’s experience is enhanced. The sandwich entry, for instance. And the sunrise in Aklan. And the one showing Sam discovering how to operate the Sewing Genie. Would those pieces be as effective without the series of photos?
The operative word is ACTIVE. Make the photos active, make the viewer feel that something is happening. For a mommy blogger, for instance, a photo of your child playing with building blocks might look good to you but for people who don’t know you or your child, try instead a series of photos showing various points of the play session. That way, the photos as part of a blog entry make sense. Instead of you showing off your child, you’re illustrating how a child learns to put together a 3D puzzle. That’s what building blocks are — 3D puzzles.
Take a video instead? Still photos capture facial expressions that are so precious. In a video, they are nothing but fleeting split-second forgettable frames.
So, the first thing to remember is that, sometimes, a series of photos works well even though the photos are almost identical. To hell with those who insist that photos that look too much like each other should not be used together. Phooey.
There are times, however, when a series of photos, as dramatic as they may be, can’t stand by themselves. They need accompanying text to make the viewer appreciate what the images are about. Remember, even silent movies, despite the emotive faces of the actors, were helped along by text at the bottom of the screen. Example? Click the link to page 2.
Imagine that this page is a separate and full blog entry and the title is LATE FOR SCHOOL.
Sam got sick and was unable to go to school for an entire week. When she went back to school on Monday, she started grappling with her backlog. Consecutive late nights leave her practically catatonic in the morning and getting her out of bed could be filmed as Mission Impossible 4. As a result, the school bus leaves without her and Speedy is obliged to drop her off to school before he goes to work some thirty minutes later. That was what happened this morning.
There I was on the second floor balcony saying bye-bye to my husband and firstborn.
Why was she not in uniform? Because in HEdCen, students don’t wear uniform on Wednesdays and Fridays. They wear ethnic clothes on Wednesdays. On the first and last Friday of each month, they wear smart casual and the Fridays in between are what I call blue jeans and Converse days.
Why did Sam get in the backseat instead of the front seat? Because on weekdays, Speedy’s stuff are all over the front passenger seat.
So, Speedy made a U-turn and they were off.
Daddy and Big Baby have left for the day.
End of imaginary entry.
The photos, even in a series, are not as visually interesting as, say, the Sewing Genie or sunrise in Aklan photos. But because these photos are preceded by all the text in the previous page, they become illustrative AND relevant. That’s how to make photos work in a blog entry. And you don’t need to be an expert photographer to do that.