Would you like to learn a relatively easy technique to create beautiful and unique images that go with your story?
Or would you like to have a selection made for you?
Today's topic is: Articulating Backgrounds
It's a technique I use very often to tell a cohesive story using my backgrounds while the words tell a different and sometimes opposing story
You might be wondering: Why not simply use the stock pictures that are available during the story creation process?
I am not an expert on the subject, and I don't have any formal training with visual design, but I can tell you a thing I've noticed:
The biggest problem I have encountered with stock images is that they tend to leave NO room for imagination
If you type in "sad" you know EXACTLY the photo you are going to get
The problem with these sorts of photos is that their meaning is not exactly open for interpretation.
If the story or poem you are creating is made intentionally to be "closed", then by all means make use of the stock photos.
BUT, if you would like to allow your reader to project themselves into the story and visual piece you have created, then stock photos might not be the best for you.
You are most likely looking for a "surface" that your reader can use to "go into" and explore without giving them everything away
take a look at this image:
I am unsure what it is, but because it has movement and shapes that I recognize, I immediately start to imagine how it looks outside the frame
Oh, I finally remembered the word I was looking for: AMBIGUITY
Stock photos lack ambiguity, that means they are closed, not open for interpretation.
Can you think of a situation in which you would want your story to NOT be open to interpretation?
Most likely, stock footage and images were created FOR and BY advertisers.
Because when you want to sell a product, and you need to attach a particular emotion to it, it's imperative you do it as FAST as possible.
It's almost like force-feeding content to someone else.
Another way of understanding stock footage is by looking at Blockbuster movies.
Hollywood Summer Blockbusters tend to rely heavily on the use of SPECTACLE
Action-packed movies with special effects and all the tropes and tricks but no character development that makes you invested in the movie.
That is generally because movies are short, expensive to make and most people do not want to ponder about what the movie was trying to convey.
so, hopefully, you now have a better understand about how, why and when to use stock images
Would you like to have an alternative to these options and try them in your stories?
I added a new section to Commafultips.com where you can download sets of backgrounds which you can use freely
Link in the description:
If you would like to start learning how to make this backgrounds, continue reading.
The Making of Articulated Backgrounds
It's a technique I use to tell a cohesive story (using my backgrounds) while the words tell a different, and sometimes opposing story
This gives your story a chance to be interpreted in MANY different ways, depending on how the reader is feeling at the time.
In my experience, people seem to like it a lot when they can relate to the stories you create
for this example, I will show use this image:
What I will do with the image is to zoom into it and create sub-images by cropping the original into smaller ones.
The difficulty is that you require a skilled called: Visual Composition
In the visual arts, composition is the placement or arrangement of the visual elements, such as figures, trees, and so on in a work of art, as distinct from the subject or the style with which it is depicted. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art.
I'll teach you the basics so that you can get going with it right away!
1. Rule of thirds: Look this one up online because it is the bread and butter of visual composition
You'll have to divide the image with a 3x3 grid and place the important elements on the 1st or 3rd lines but NOT on the middle.
This is by no means a perfect example, but just to give you an idea:
"rule of thirds"- grid
What you do then is you first try to crop the image so that the important elements are somewhere along those red points on the grid.
that was the first rule, and the second and last rule that I will give you is this:
2. Don't cut too much You'll notice that often times an image can be cropped so that a certain object ends up badly maimed.
To summarize: You want your important elements to land somewhere on top of the 4 red dots I showed you before
And you don't want to cut away certain parts of the image <------ which make it seem like something went wrong
You want to use backgrounds which are like a lake that reflects the surroundings without stealing the attention away from the story you are telling.
How long does it take to learn to do properly?
I have several thousand hours of content creation of all kinds and I don't think I have a particular good grasp, however, it can definitely be learned
My suggestion is to take it easy, with patience and to have fun with it, because it will open up many new options for your storytelling
Thank you for watching, don't forget to join the Story Jam #3 and check out the link for the backgrounds!
I also went ahead and compressed all the images and made them into perfect square so that you can simply insert them into your story.
If you do use them, make sure to tag me so see it. Remember, these are NOT the backgrounds for the Story Jam #3
It is a new section to the Commafultips made for those who would like to have other options aside from the stock images.