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Although most people tend to think of videos when they think
of digital storytelling, the TechSoup Digital
Storytelling Challenge (TSDigs), powered by Lights. Camera. Help., demonstrates the power photos also have to
More than 40 photo slideshows were submitted via Flickr from social benefit
organizations across the globe as part of this year’s challenge. And many more
videos submitted for the challenge integrated photos into their narratives. The
collected photos highlight the many good works being done by social benefit
organizations and the faces of those that work touches.
Throughout the campaign, TechSoup invited
nonprofit digital storytelling experts to share their best practices for
creating stories with impact using pictures. Each of the following photos
reflects one, or many components, of what makes a powerful image.
Submitted by The
Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, this photo incorporates the “rule
of thirds.” The “rule
of thirds” breaks a visual plane into three sections across and down for a
total of nine quadrants. Aligning a subject along these lines or at the
intersections creates a more compelling image than just positioning your
subject dead center.
The Able Volunteers
International Fund (AVIF) captures of a slice of life in rural Kenya under natural
outdoor lighting. The natural
light shows young goat hoarders with their tribe of goats amidst a dry
landscape in full detail. The photo illustrates where AVIF carries out their sustainable
development community works.
Wolf Haven International’s
photo with its incredible up-close detail of two wolves it has rescued
demonstrates why it’s worthwhile to invest in good digital story telling
equipment. The photos were taken with a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, capable of taking higher
quality photos than standard point-and-shoot or mobile phone cameras.
Organizations that are not in a position to purchase such equipment should
consider looking to volunteers who might have such equipment to share their
And remember with the new Facebook Timeline layout for your organization, it's all the more reason to have great photos on hand.
Eligible nonprofits and libraries can receive donation Flickr Pro accounts through TechSoup, an excellent way to share, store, and sort your organization's photos.
Susan ChavezOnline Community & Social Media Team, TechSoup Global@Susan_Chavez