My current photostory series, The Smallones, started out as a rather thrown-together idea. I didn’t plan anything ahead of time, so for most of Season 1, I just came up with the plot as I went along.
When I decided to make a Season 2, I resolved that I would be much more prepared and organized. Though I’m not a very organized person (at all), I’ve managed to keep things pretty organized during Season 2 so far. This season is going to be much longer than Season 1 – most likely 20 parts or more!
Today, I’ll be showing you what goes on behind the scenes when I create an episode of The Smallones. 😀
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Before I began posting Season 2 of The Smallones, I came up with the whole plot and wrote it out in Google Docs as a rough draft. This has helped me a lot because now I don’t have to worry about forgetting where the story is going.
As I create each individual episode, I take a section of the draft and write it out into an actual story. I use that story as my script, which narrates what each character is going to say and do. Once I’m finished writing, I print out the script so I can take it with me when I go out to take the pictures.
Before I start taking pictures, I read through the printed script, note any changes I’d like to make, and mark the places where I’m going to need to put a photo. I also write a short description of what the photo should look like.
Now it’s time to get my characters ready! I gather all of the dolls (and dragons) I’ll need, then I dress them and do their hair.
Once the characters are ready, I pack them in a bag along with my camera, reflector, script, and any props I might need. Then I head outside to take the pictures!
When I’ve arrived at the spot I’ll be taking photos, I begin setting up my dolls. I pose a doll, take a photo, and so on, consulting the script as I go.
Wanna guess how hard it is to get a doll to stand on her own on a grassy, uneven surface? REALLY HARD. XD
I take a spray bottle and brush with me so I can fix the dolls’ hair if it gets messed up while I’m working.
It can take a while to get every photo just right. If I want a picture to display a certain emotion, I have to use lighting and angles to express that, because the dolls can’t change their facial expressions. It’s hard, but a lot of fun too!
Once I’m finished taking pictures, I pack everything back up and head inside. Then, I upload the photos onto my computer.
After they’re uploaded, I convert the pictures from RAW format to JPEG using a program called RawTherapee. Once they’re converted to JPEG, I go through the images and delete any that I don’t need.
Now it’s time for editing! I use a combination of picmonkey.com and pixlr.com to edit my photos. I usually enhance the color, brighten them up a bit, and add a watermark. If the photo is supposed to convey a flashback or a memory, then I’ll lower the photo’s saturation to give it a bit of a faded look. If it’s supposed to be night, then I lower the shadows and highlights and raise the contrast. Editing is probably one of my favorite parts of the whole process. 😀
At this point, I’m finally ready to put the post together! First I copy my script from Google Docs and paste it into the post draft, then I add the finished photos.
Once I check the post for typos and grammar mistakes, I add some tags and make sure everything is formatted correctly. Then it’s ready to publish!
That’s about it! Making a photostory is a lot of work, but it definitely pays off. I love reading all of your comments about The Smallones. It makes me very happy that you guys enjoy my series! 🙂
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I wanted to give a huge thank you to my sister AddyLover, who took these pictures for me. 😉
Have you ever made a photostory? What are your tips for staying organized while you work? Would you like to see more Behind the Scenes posts?