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07 Ways For Better Visual Storytelling

Visual storytelling is a skill that takes time and practice to master. It’s an art form, not something that can be done in a few minutes. You’ll need to think about the flow of the story and how each shot will work with others to convey it effectively. The following are some tips that will help you improve your visual storytelling skills:

Don’t Rush the Story

Now that we’ve determined which story you’re telling, it’s time to make sure you’re telling it correctly. When you run a story, two things happen: You either fail to tell your story, or your audience doesn’t understand what they just watched. When visual storytelling goes wrong, it often occurs because the creator rushes through their story without taking the time to ensure that they’re conveying it perfectly.

Both issues can be avoided by slowing down and ensuring you know exactly what you want to say before filming begins.

Make Every Shot Count

Some things are hard to avoid, especially if you have no control over what happens on set, but in general, don’t shoot a scene just because you can. Don’t shoot a scene just for the sake of having it. If your story doesn’t need it, don’t add it to the mix.

Make sure every shot is telling a story. Your audience will only care about what they see on the screen if they know how each shot connects to the next and how it contributes to their understanding of what’s happening in the story.

Vertigo (1958)
Vertigo (1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Shot Sizes Need to Make Sense

Your shots need to make sense, not just in terms of their content but also their size.

For example, if you’re filming a scene in an office space, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to choose a shot that shows the entire room and everything in it. The same goes for when you’re filming outdoors: If your character is walking down the street and suddenly stops to talk with someone on his cell phone (or whatever), don’t show us both characters’ faces at once—the shot should focus on just one person at a time. This rule applies throughout all types of shots: Close-ups are more intimate; mid-range shots allow more context; wide shots enable viewers to see where they are geographically within your story world while still allowing them some private moments with your characters; high angles show power dynamics between characters; low angles show vulnerability or fearfulness in others—and so on!

Keep it Simple

The best way to keep things simple is not to try too hard. I know that’s the opposite of what you might think, but if you want something that will be engaging and accessible, your best bet is to make sure it doesn’t feel like work for the viewer.

That means no overly complicated storytelling devices (ahem, Mr. Nolan). Don’t try to tell all of your story in one shot or frame—try breaking up your story into small chunks and building on each separately before moving on to another one. And above all else: don’t forget that a visual storyteller’s job isn’t just about creating good images; it’s also about making good stories in which these images can live happily ever after (or at least for as long as their lifespan allows).

Plan Ahead

Planning is an essential part of the process. It’s also the part that many people seem to forget about. Planning will help you to avoid mistakes and keep your story organized and efficient.

Here are a few tips for planning before taking your visual storytelling project from concept to reality:

  • Flesh out an idea. Make sure it has legs and can be executed successfully. If not, rework or abandon it.
  • Brainstorm ideas for each type of visual element in your story (photos, illustrations/graphics, video). Then narrow down these options based on what’s possible within a budget and time constraints, as well as which elements best serve the purpose of telling your story effectively!
Saw (2004)
Saw (2004) Directed By James Van

Don’t Rely on Technical Effects

Don’t rely on technical effects to tell your story.

Technology has made it easier than ever to create visually stunning content, but when it comes to storytelling, sometimes less is more. Your goal is to capture an audience’s attention and keep them engaged in your message—if they’re thinking about how cool a camera trick is instead of what’s happening on screen, you’ve lost them already! The effects should support the story you’re trying to tell and not be the story’s focus.

Visual Storytelling is an Art Form, Not Something that can be Done in a Few Minutes.

Visual storytelling is a skill; like any other skill, it takes time to learn. You can’t expect to become an expert overnight or even in a few days—it takes months and years of practice to hone your visual storytelling abilities.

You can start by studying other people’s work who are good at it. Look at admired photos and figure out what makes them so effective. Are there patterns? Are there colors that are repeated throughout the image? Do some images feel static while others have movement? What makes them feel different from each other? How do they make you feel when you look at them? After analyzing these images closely, try creating something similar yourself!

You may have noticed that all of these tips are geared towards making the story more than just visual. This is because visual storytelling is a complex art form and one that requires careful planning and forethought. Getting caught up in technical effects or fancy editing tricks is easy, but they won’t help you unless they serve the story. If you’re planning on creating a video with a “wow” factor, focus on crafting an engaging narrative first and then let your creativity flow! Now get out there and start telling some stories!

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