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Storytelling
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Handy Worksheets

Now that we have looked at how to get the best from our cameras and smartphones, it's time to really think about the images that you want and need to create to tell the story of the things that you make and sell.

The Maker Inspiration Sheet

I've spent a long time looking at what makers share on Instagram and I've distilled what I've found down into this handy worksheet. I hope it will give you some ideas for images you could be capturing of you, your process and the things you create.

Print it out, stick it on your wall near your desk, and any time you are thinking "what shall I take a photograph of today?" you can look up, and get inspired.

There's probably a year's worth of photos here, and next week we'll be delving into these themes a little more.

For now, does something jump out that you could take a photo of today and share? Are you in your studio or at your maker table today? Have a read and see if you can capture one of these themes in a single image!

Or if you have some time to think about it, use one of these themes combined with one the lessons?

The story planner sheet

A story has a middle, a beginning and an end. So does anything you make. Are you about to start making something next week?

I've made a very simple planner to help you tell a quick visual story of the thing you are making. Use some of the inspiration from the first sheet, then plan out a set of images you might need to capture to tell the story of you creating something. You'll shoot three images, three times through the process of creating the thing you are going to work on. Again, print it out and put it on your wall so you don't forget!

Three images at the beginning. Three in the middle. Three at the end.

You'll likely shoot more than that, but what I want you to aim for is a set of nine images that would work on Instagram or in a blog post.

This is a project that will probably run through the whole week, or longer depending on how long it takes you to go from beginning to end on the things you make.

If you are using Instagram I'd also like you to try noting down how many likes you get on the different types of image that you share there. On the right of the worksheet there's a column for "24 hour likes", which is how many likes you received after 24 hours. It's a rough guide of how much your audience appreiciate the images you share, and it can help you when you're looking back to work out what went down well and what didn't.

These worksheets and the next few lessons will help you to create beautiful and engaging images that tell your stories. For now I'd just like you to start thinking about the kinds of images you might need to capture if you wanted to show someone "beginning to end" in a blog post or on social media.

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