Capturing #IGVisualStories

The famous song by Bread conveys “a picture paints a thousand words” and as visual storytellers, we should know what belongs in the frame, what to emphasize in the snapshot, and how to use elements of composition to convey a meaningful story.

This 2013, we start by learning the basic principles that can be applied in sharing our stories with a single image. This is @IGersManila’s #IGVisualStories.


A spot stands out from the rest of the elements of our visual story. The “spot” draws our attention because of contrast in colors, tones, patterns or shapes.


In the sample photo by @winthoughts, the girl clad in white and red contrasts the green environment. This is considered a “spot.” See also the other sample photos by @winthoughts.  


Use this technique to highlight and draw attention to the subject. For emphasis on the subject of your visual story, you can make the subject bigger and the rest, smaller.  You can also try color splash and tilt-shift to give emphasis on your subject. 


In the sample photo by @jaimejim, the fountain stands taller than the building. This technique gives emphasis. The other sample photos by @jaimejim used color splash and tilt-shift for emphasis. 


Lines convey a sense of movement and can direct the eye of the view to the main subject. 


 In the sample visual story by @jajeco29, the optical lines of the bridge suggest a long path. The other samples visual stories uses lines in a variety of ways.


Patterns are graphic elements that appeals to the eye.  When we see group of things, we tend to find some kind of order in them. And when we do, that’s the pattern. 

In the sample visual story by @happyninjamoves is the Eton Centris Walk at in Quezon City. The other sample visual stories of patterns are also snapped by @happyninjamoves. 

Point of View

Changing the angle of the camera changes how the subject is viewed. 


Captured by @jhunyow is a sample visual story taken from the side. The other sample snapshots used different perspectives – from the front, from eye-level, from below or from above.


This is formed when elements in our visual story mirror each other.  Using symmetry conveys a sense of balance. 


Snapped by @ivanborlongan, the two statues mirror each other. Other sample visual stories convey a sense of balance by making the left almost similar to the right side of the frame. 


Breaks the frame into uneven spaces that allows the eye to focus on the subject of your visual story.    


Framed by @myxyruzkarl is a sample visual story using the rule of thirds. The road only occupies a third of the frame, while the trees served as the “space” that allows us to focus more on the road. See the other visual stories snapped by @myxyruzkarl.

Apply the techniques that you think best conveys your visual story. Post them on Instagram and tag with #IGVisualStories #9pmhabit #IGersManila #IGersPhilippines. And while you do, keep the good vibes rolling!

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