Tell a story with your photos
James Paterson reveals how to shoot and design triptychs for stunning wall displays
Create a photo triptych to reveal more than a single image ever could
Whether you want to create an eye-catching wall display or a web page, a triptych is a great way to present a selection of images. It enables you to go beyond the limits of a single frame and expand upon a theme, so you could tell a story with a beginning, middle and end, or present a subject from several angles, or show different aspects of a person’s character.
You may already have three images on your hard drive that would work together as a triptych (in which case, you can just turn to the Photoshop walkthrough over the page), but if you plan to shoot fresh images specifically for this project, there are a few things you need to think about. First, consistency in background and lighting will help to create harmony between your images, particularly in the case of portraits. For our triptych we set up a makeshift home studio using a dark blanket for a backdrop, with a Speedlight attached to a shoot-through umbrella, triggered using the camera’s pop-up flash.
Also, whatever you plan to shoot, aim to capture a variety of poses or angles to give you lots of options for your triptych – try out different crops, and shoot more images than you think you’ll need. We’ll offer a few pointers on the shoot below, and then show you how to piece your images together with maximum control using clipping masks in Photoshop.