Storytelling EDU with Grryo

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“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a quote we have frequently heard that matches with Grryo’s (formerly known as Juxt) storytelling segment. Quoting from their website : ‘“Griot” simply means storyteller. Grryo simply means storyteller.’ Every picture has a story, and Grryo has successfully managed to get us motivated and inspired to be part of the weekly Storytelling community. Below are tips shared by the Storytellers team on how we can learn, capture and create :

1. Start with the story! Before you even look for a photo, create a story in your mind that you want to convey. That may mean dreaming up a fantasy tale on your drive into the city or watching a real interaction between people across the street and imagining their back story or future. I’m not saying you need a written final draft of your story, just something to put your mind and eyes on the right path towards capturing your storytelling image. Heck, you may go out with one story in mind, but stumble upon another inspiration! (Josh St.Germain @pavingapril)

Josh (tip 1)

2. Always keep observing your surroundings and ready to capture moments even when taking posed portraits. Sometimes the most unexpected moments that make up full and emotional images exist in those in-between seconds when you observe a subject taking a quick moment to themselves. (Brandon Kidwell @b_kidwell)

3.Take tons of pictures, all the time. You never know when a picture will inspire the story. You can find inspiration in very unexpected places at seemingly inopportune times. Those always tend to be my favorite ones. Don’t overthink it every time. (Natalie Maddon @natmaddon)

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Natalie Maddon 3 (tip 3 & 5)

4. Be mindful of the surroundings in relation to the story you want to tell. That might mean you adjust where you shoot from initially to incorporate or eliminate an element from your composition. It may also mean manipulating the image afterwards. We have a huge arsenal of creative apps to add, remove, and adjust the contents of an image. This can make an enormous difference in what your image portrays, even if it’s a minor difference in the background. For example, I used Handy Photo to remove two pedestrians from behind my subject in order to isolate this man in the frame and give a sense of loneliness and anticipation. (Josh St. Germain)

Josh (tip 4)

5. If the initial photo that comes out of the lens does not perfectly portray the story you wish to tell, there is so much that can be done in post- process so dont fret. You can darken the photo for a more moody impact or brighten it to let the sunshine in. If you want to add smoke and mirrors, do it. It’s your story, tell it. (Natalie Maddon)

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6. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes when you have a nine to five job that does take up a lot of time. However just waking up an hour early to catch the early train into work. Sun rising, empty streets vacant can lead to a wonderful shot. Places that you normally visit when they are crowded and full of chaotic comings & goings. When visited during dawn can very beautiful and serene. You’ll see shapes and light reflecting off buildings that you wouldn’t have noticed before. Leftover evidence of the night before littering the streets, can make for an interesting story within an image. (Paula Gardner on EyeEm @jahsharn)

7. Never dismiss at opportunity to shoot even if you aren’t comfortable. You will learn more about yourself and your process in the taking. (Anna Cox @starklifephoto)

8. Challenge yourself to shoot without editing options. This will cause you to slow down and really focusing on the capture instead of holding on to being able to correct in post process. (Anna Cox)

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Hopefully, the tips were useful and encourage you to take part in Grryo’s Storytelling week.

Share and express your very own stories through your captures. Let us continue to capture, create and inspire!

Article contributed by Simran Nanwani @simirani – a passionate photographer and writer. She photographs moments through her camera and iPhone and mainly writes about captivating moments found in daily living. Find her online at


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