Earlier this week, we talked about taking three-picture stories. Now, it’s time to share three photos of your own. (If…

Earlier this week, we talked about taking three-picture stories. Now, it’s time to share three photos of your own.

(If you’d prefer to stick with a single image, we’ve got ideas for re-interpreting this theme below.)

In a nutshell, a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:

  1. An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
  2. A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
  3. A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.

You don’t necessarily have to take your photos with this in mind — you can simply use it as a guideline for choosing three photos you’ve already taken, or try cropping photos to focus on the key details. Here, I’ve picked three images I took during a show at the Montréal Jazz Fest last year:

In the first, I took in the entire stage, from instruments to lights. In the second, I focused on two of the guitarists, who were soloing together. In the third, I honed in on the face of the lead singer, with the help of a little cropping. You can find many more examples in “Create a Scene with a Three-Picture Story.”


If you want to try a three-picture story, great! If not, try three images of the same subject taken from different perspectives, three images of the same thing at different times, or even a single image inspired by “three” — three flowers blooming in a line, three dogs frolicking at the park, three cars waiting at a stoplight.

superman curlIf you’d like to post multiple photos using a layout like this, create a gallery and choose the “square tiles” option — here are detailed instructions on making galleries. That’s just one option, though. You can use any of the gallery formats, or none at all; having readers scroll through three full-size images is also a great way to tell a visual story.

Happy shooting!

– Michelle


New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.


  1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our quarterly newsletter — we’ll highlight great photos from the most popular challenge.


All photos by Michelle WeberCC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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