Combining photos for display in diptychs and triptychs is a great way to tell a story or describe a sequence of events.  Of course, they also make a quick and easy way to display photos on your blog or print a collage!

These are the guidelines I generally follow when creating diptychs and triptychs in particular – these are storyboards using either 2 or 3 photos.

 

  • Demonstrate the context of your story with storyboards.  We all know that an up close portrait is much more effective, but we also want to display that huge mountain vista we were standing near.  Show them both in a diptych.
  • Take the close ups a step further.  Display a macro of a sweet baby hand next to the pull back of the entire baby.  Or the wedding ring next to the couple holding hands.  The candle on the birthday cake plus the pull back of baby blowing out the candles.  These is one of my favorite styles to use.
  • You can make storyboards yourself, or purchase products to automate the process.  The 3 storyboards I use in this article were created using MCP’s Display Lightroom Templates Web.  If you have Elements, you can use MCP’s Blog It Boards. (MCP also offers Present It Lightroom Templates for Print, and Print It Boards for Elements
  • Make sure the processing is consistent in all storyboard photos.
  • Think about the order of your photos.  In the photo below, when the girl walking on the wall was the 2nd photo, I thought about a woman waiting, being disappointed, and leaving.  With the walking photo first, I saw a lighthearted woman taking a stroll and then pausing to enjoy her environment.
  • For a less rigid grouping, combine photos by common colors, subjects or locations rather than photos taken at the same time.
  • For the borders of your storyboard, use colors that you’ve sampled from within the photo, use your branding colors, or go with a simple black, white or gray.  For the storyboards in this article, I chose white borders (which you can’t see because they match the blog) and orange strokes around the images.
  • Storyboards with branding bars have space for you to add your studio name or logo, or a caption describing the event.
  • For internet display, make sure your watermark touches each photo for added security.
  • Although you can put many photos in one collage, I find that two are three are most effective to telling a story.  That’s why I love diptychs and triptychs.  Keep it simple with suggestions of the plot – no need to cover every detail.

I’m curious about your opinions on that last point.  Do you think it’s better to display just two or three images, or do you like telling stories better with lots of them?