Tell a story with your photos

James Pater­son re­veals how to shoot and de­sign trip­ty­chs for stun­ning wall dis­plays

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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.

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