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February 17th, 2011 (05:29 pm)

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Poll #1706271 Photostory Panel - What would YOU like to know about if you attended one?

What would you expect if you attended an ABJD photostory panel?

how to write dialogue
how to come up with a story
where to shoot the stories
how to code coloured dialogue (html)
camera angles that do and do not work
props, backgrounds and clothing
lighting on the cheap
Various Photoshop methods to add text
Various Photoshop methods to adjust photos
Various Photoshop methods to create panels
Other - please list below:


Posted by: Jasmine Wolf (dark_skada)
Posted at: February 18th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Wren & Camera

I would think that a photostory panel shouldn't focus very much at all on photoshop, and more on the story telling aspects of writing, photographing and telling the story through props & sets. The main reason being there are loads of programs out there other than photoshop that people use to edit photos and create photostories. And you also have to look at how you would split the time between two topics that are very time-consuming. But what about having another workshop for photoshopping skills, since those who use the program are likely interested. You'd have enough time to focus on photoshop, without having to think about taking away from time spent talking about storytelling. Just like you don't want to spend the bulk of a photostory panel talking about photoshop instead.

Posted by: jaded old fox (toshirodragon)
Posted at: February 18th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)

I "contract out" my photoshop stuff hahahahahaha

And most of the rest of that is an extension of my normal daily life... which reminds me I have two chapters to write this weekend...

Posted by: kyrenea (kyrenea)
Posted at: February 18th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)

I would most likely be interested in points:
(in order of interest)
5 - camera angles that do and do not work
7 - lighting on the cheap
6 - props, backgrounds and clothing
3 - where to shoot the stories

I think #1 & #2 are least important since chances are the people attending already have photostory ideas and or dialogue. It can be mentioned, but time wise, I think other concepts are more important. #4 is kinda important but other than just html, let people know that some forums have a function that does this. But color coded dialogue is nice (and need to include a key) and make mention that some colors are HARD to read...so they should check it on their monitor and change if needed.

I agree w/Jasmine about Photoshop - it isn't the only program out there, nor is it necessary - so it is the least important aspect of a photo story how-to panel. I know plenty of people who do photo stories w/o the use of fancy software. There is a LOT that can be done w/free software or even w/camera talent. All that being said, I think you do need to mention photo manipulation and explain how it improves the quality of the finished product. You can also make mention of proper placement of speech bubbles if people decide to use that function of photo editing. So while photoshop isn't all that important - I think spending some time mentioning how to improve your stories through photo software is a good idea.

And speaking of panels...we need to figure out what we're doing for All-Con. I was kinda thinking to just test run elements of your A-Kon panel and then spend the rest of the time playing w/cameras. The panel in March is on photography and not photo stories...so topics #3, #5, #6, & #7 and then stress the importance of photo correction and cropping using software for nicer finished projects.

Posted by: mmc_ningyouai (mmc_ningyouai)
Posted at: February 19th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)

camera angles that do and do not work
lighting on the cheap
where to shoot the stories
props, backgrounds and clothing

I agree with Kyrenea that these are your top points that need the most focus and to me in this order of emphasis.
There should definitely be some mention about photo editing and manipulation and I think you would be fine to say that you use Photoshop for what you do, and it is the program that you use that has all the tools utilities that you may mention, but of course say something like, "I know not everyone has or uses Photoshop". And besides I think you would more so be making mention about what the process of what you do does and not so much a how to of how to do it.

Posted by: richila (richila)
Posted at: February 19th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)

My worst area is camera angles. I have been writing stories all my life, but getting the pictures right to illustrate my stories is definitely a challenge for me.
Lighting is the second most difficult. I am never sure what to use or what directions it should be coming from.

Posted by: authenticalice (authenticalice)
Posted at: February 21st, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)

I don't know if I'll be there, but I voted for the things I think need the most improvement in the photostories I see.

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