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Discovering the art of storytelling by showcasing methods, tips, & tools that help you find and tell your story, your way. Find me on Twitter @gimligoosetales
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Why We Should All Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Family Photos | Save Family Photos

Why We Should All Learn the Art of Storytelling Through Family Photos | Save Family Photos | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"There was once a time that I didn’t think much about my family stories. It’s not that I didn’t care, but I just didn’t make time for it. I think what changed my course was having children. They start asking me questions like, “did you do that when you were a kid?” Or maybe it went more like, “back in the olden days did you…?”


Once I had children, I realized that it was important to share my stories of childhood and family with them. One of the best story prompts is a picture, and it only takes one to start the journey."


Read the full article to find out more about using pictures as story prompts as well as an example of telling a story with a photo.

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I love the idea of adding items to a photograph as they did in this article.  It can really enhance the story or fill in gaps.

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6 Tips for Storytelling Photography | Click it Up a Notch

6 Tips for Storytelling Photography | Click it Up a Notch | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Although I love to take posed portrait images, my main photography inspiration comes from my desire to capture those mundane, everyday moments with my son. I want these photographs to be able to transport me back to the day the photo was taken, to that very moment in time. Whilst most definitely a single image can do that, I regularly find myself telling these everyday “stories” through several shots. When viewed together, these images allow me to create a more meaningful collection of memories than a single image could."


Read the full article to find out more about these six types of images to consider when using multiple photos to tell your story:

  1. The introductory shot
  2. The detail shot
  3. The portrait shot
  4. The moment shot
  5. The end shot
  6. Getting it all in one shot
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How B2B Businesses Can Use Instagram | Maximize Social Business

How B2B Businesses Can Use Instagram | Maximize Social Business | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"I frequently hear from B2B business owners that they want to use Instagram but they just don’t know how it translates to their businesses. They don’t necessarily have tangible products to sell which can be displayed on Instagram. They don’t think they have much visual content to share so they have instead focused on blogging and other content strategies to connect with their audiences.


Whether you’re a solopreneur or a large company, there are a variety of ways to use images and videos on Instagram to grow your audience, and your business."


Read the full article to find out more about these ideas on using Instagram for your business:

  • Share Your Business Story
  • Highlight the People in Your Business
  • Go Behind-the-Scenes
  • Show Off Your Geographical Area(s)
  • Promote Your Educational Content
  • Promote What You Have To Sell
  • Just Keep It Visual!
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This article is so about storytelling!  And is applicable to anyone, not just organizations.  Everyone of these tips can be used as a story idea told in any format (stand alone or combo of) - pictures, written, video, audio, etc. 

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10 storytelling tips from the pros | Intrepid Travel

10 storytelling tips from the pros | Intrepid Travel | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

As travellers in the digital age, with every image we share, with every post we write, we’re adding to the larger narrative of how travel and place are described around the world. We become, by default, storytellers.

 

A final note: As so much of travel media and the Internet is image-driven, or ‘visual storytelling’, the following points take ideas from image-based work and draw parallels with writing / journalism, or vice-versa.

 

Whether you just want to share your travels with friends and family, or you want to develop writing, photography, or video as part of your career (or even pursue a career in travel journalism), these simple tips can help supercharge your work.  Read the full article to find out about:

1. Good things happen at sunrise

2. Don’t just write when it’s convenient to your schedule

3. Simplify your composition

4. Focus on the key events or “windows” into your overall journey

5. Always put a subject in your images

6. People are what make a travel story

7. Carry a tripod

8. Imagine your narrative as a camera

9. Expect to lose or break something

10. People are just waiting to tell you their stories

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Storytelling Photography | PictureCorrect

Storytelling Photography | PictureCorrect | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
We all have emotions within us and a careful shot of a scene can make us laugh, cry or even angry. This is the magic of a photo that tells a story.

When a person feels an emotion out of anything, process or event, the person will hardly be able to forget that specific thing, process or event. May it be a good, positive or even negative feelings. Same holds true when a person sees a photograph. The fun part with a photograph is that it “always” tells us a story, actually there can be multiple stories that can be associated with a photo. But it is in the mind of the photographer to “direct” or “channelize” the minds of the viewers to a particular, strong and appealing stories. And if the photographer is not successful in this endeavor than the photograph loses its distinctiveness and falls under the “normal” category.

As any other properties of storytelling, a photo should comprise of 1 or more of 5 elements. Read the full article to find out more about these characteristics:
- Mood
- Emotion
- Narrative
- Ideas
- Messages
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Photography Composition Tips: How to Tell a More Compelling Story | Picture Correct

Photography Composition Tips: How to Tell a More Compelling Story | Picture Correct | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That means that your photographs should be a great way for you to communicate. The question is, do your photographs communicate the right thousand words to tell your story?

 

I would like to share a few tips on composition that I think can boost your success rate in capturing your experience while photographing. Instead of just raising your camera for a quick snapshot, take the time to make a careful composition that will guide your viewer to understand what you think is important in the scene, and even how you feel about it.

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Memo from the Sports Desk: Tips for better pics | Taosnews.com (blog)

Memo from the Sports Desk: Tips for better pics | Taosnews.com (blog) | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The Sports Editor for the Taos News, receives pictures of events all the time from the public.    Realizing not everyone has had formal photography training, he decided to publish a photography tip-sheet with 12 tips.  Even those these tips are for aspiring journalists, even if you never plan to submit a photo to the Taos News, these 12 tips still should help you improve your snapshots.

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How to Improve Your Photography with Storytelling Images | Digital Photography School

How to Improve Your Photography with Storytelling Images | Digital Photography School | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"How many times have you had this interaction?

     “This photo is beautiful!”

     “Thanks!”

End of conversation.


There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. Beautiful is a great, great compliment. However, if you’ve ever wanted to have a longer conversation with a viewer about one of your photographs, then creating images with stories behind them, or around your own personal stories, can be a very important approach to try."


Read the full article to find out more about how to make use of the following types of photographs to create your story:

  • ambiguous
  • personal
  • documentary

Via Cindy Rudy
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Good examples of how to further develop your story and engage your audience by using well thought out images.


A favourite exercise of mine is to share an image and ask others what story they see in it.  No two interpretations are ever the same.

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FVallet's curator insight, October 15, 2014 8:14 AM

Utiliser des visuels, des photos en com interne est indispensable à l'heure de l'egocasting. Pour autant toutes les photos ne sont pas automatiquement "raconteuses d'histoires".  Cet article ne  concerne pas le domaine du corporate mais ouvre un sujet de réflexion interessant.

 

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Storytelling Using Photography | Contrastly

Storytelling Using Photography | Contrastly | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Today, illustrations can also come in the form of photos. And in some cases, especially in classrooms, a series of photographs is used to tell a story. There are little to no words needed, just the photographs. This is what visual storytelling is all about."


Read the full article to find out more tips and tricks to help you create a moving story by using:


These five basic elements of a good storytelling photo:

  1. mood
  2. idea
  3. emotion
  4. narration
  5. the message


And ways to come up with photos that tell clear, focused stories.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

No matter your age or where you come from images can make a story more interesting and alive.

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Two Pens's curator insight, August 11, 2014 6:51 PM

Took Aline Smithson's photo workshop in Portland this weekend. We used many of these tips in our assignments and guess what? They all contribute to images that carry the story.

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Do you tell a story with your images? Insights, issues and interest... | Photokonnexion

Do you tell a story with your images? Insights, issues and interest... | Photokonnexion | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"The photostory is one of the great inventions of the last century and in a great photostory we can see all aspects of our daily lives – the extraordinary and the beautiful as much as the ordinary and the ugly."


National Geographic is the pro at this.  Read the full article to see images taken by Paul Nicklen of his experience with a leopard seal, view David Griffin's TED talk, and discover this list of items you should consider when putting together a short photo-story:

  • Impact
  • From the ordinary to the extraordinary and back
  • Unique perspectives
  • Amazing sights, sounds and colours
  • Lovely light
  • People or animals
  • Insight into a situation
  • The shock from an event
  • Excitement
  • Great beauty or great ugliness – or both!
  • Different lives…
  • Something from within you
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Photographs are one of my favourite ways to tell a story.  I copied this list onto my phone and pull it out when I'm stuck for inspiration.


You can also check out Paul Nicklen's TED talk where he discusses (and shows) his experiences taking photos.  The leopard seal photos & story is my favourite.

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Eye Phone | Sauder d.studio

Eye Phone | Sauder d.studio | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Eye phone is an exercise around building a story by taking photos that:

- Helps practice keen observation.

- To make you think about what you are seeing and why you are choosing to capture that “visual thought”.

- Helps develop visual story-telling skills.

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Two Pens's curator insight, December 22, 2012 7:06 PM

Love this idea of training yourself to think visually, especially if you're not into photography or drawing.

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How to Tell a Great Story With Photographs | Huffington Post

How to Tell a Great Story With Photographs | Huffington Post | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here we are again, another summer, another day with our kids and perhaps another great vacation. Of course we have our cameras, but this time lets not only think of getting that perfect vacation image, let's tell the story of our trip as a "Photographic Story"!

 

Telling stories with photographs is not a difficult task. The only thing different is that we're taking more images with a purpose to express what we see to someone else who could not be with us; and doing so, more for social sites like FaceBook , emails, calendars and picture books.  Photographic story telling is not about dumping ALL our photos into an album, but the choice images that follow a beginning, middle, and end, with connecting images in between.

 

A simple way to start a photographic story is to pre-visualize your story with a beginning, middle, and end. Think about the establishing image, the beginning. What does the scene look like? Perhaps an overall wide angle shot, or a close up detail of what the story is about. Next think about your "Point of View" or your creative idea on how to see the story and try different angles when taking the pictures, and end it with a shot that fulfills the mood of the storyline.

 

Read the full article for an example and link to a digital photography site.

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The Complexity of a Storytelling Image | Brenda Tharp Photographs

The Complexity of a Storytelling Image | Brenda Tharp Photographs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

It’s an interesting connundrum when you do travel or photojournalistic-style photography. Your main goal is telling a story, and that might mean including quite a bit of information.  Though I love to simplify scenes when I travel, sometimes the story is in all the little details that make the picture work.

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Storytelling with Photo Books | Shutterfly

Storytelling with Photo Books | Shutterfly | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Become a better storyteller with new photography, design, and storytelling ideas.

 

The "Storytelling" section of the Shutterfly site includes inspirational articles on photography tips, design tips, profiles, articles, and personal interviews.

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