Telling a Story with Your Camera

You’ve heard the saying about how pictures tell a lot more of a story than words, I’m sure.  Well, ever think about doing both and really driving a point home with pictures?  I have been doing it (unconsciously) for years.  I just thought I might pass on the idea of the obvious.

You’ve been watching me use this method of exchange of ideas with almost every blog I have created so far.  I used it when I was writing articles, but the inclusion of pictures was indeed – much harder.  Writing tech-manuals was even harder, but almost every tech-manual I have ever seen, has pictures or drawings to stress a point, or aid in an instruction.

Conveying information in u-tube is great, but it doesn’t give the looker/listener the advantage of learning easier or of having the history for reference later and tend to fall into the category of either entertainment, or just flat out boring!  Mere words can and do become boring beyond imagination without question, so my conclusion is the best way of communication has to be both the written word and the pictures to enhance the information.

Let me give you a vivid example:

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera

OK – it’s a camera, and if you look close, it’s a “Fuji”.  Well, so far, so good – but it doesn’t tell you enough information to further define it.  Big Deal, a camera is a camera, it could be almost anything, and so far, you’re right.  But when I add this —

Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR Digital Camera – (our personal camera)

You have enough information to go to the source and get accurate more detailed information.  You also have a much better mental idea of what kind of a camera I am talking about.  It’s not one of those little pocket cameras nor is it one with a two foot long lens.  Agreed?  (thought so) —

Without both forms of communication, you are almost faced with nothing – no accurate information at all.  Compare this example to other things, such as describing “water skiing” against “snow skiing” if you are dealing with someone that has no idea what the difference really is.  There is a standing joke about how the guy hated “skiing” because it was so much blasted work getting that boat up the hill.  Get the point?  Pictures remove all doubt.

Try to describe a white Trillium flower, a native wild flower of where I grew up in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon.   It’s a Beautiful little flower that the deer in the hills love to eat.  They eat the white flower and leave the rest.  As the bloom ages, it turns red, then purple, but the deer still love to munch on ‘em.  They only bloom once for the season and their bloom life is fairly short.

white Trilliam White Trillium

(courtesy of

Try to describe what a red Christmas Cactus Flower really is.  Some people have no idea what a “Christmas Cactus” really is – (never heard of it).  You can probably describe it if you have a working knowledge of the flower, but a half page of words can best be shortened to something like this:

Red Christmas CactusRed Christmas Cactus Flower bloom

(courtesy of

You can take the pictures yourself and be proud of them because after all, you took them.  There are also multiple sites on the web that will donate their pictures for you.  All you have to do is ask, but either way, which is the best way to describe a Christmas Cactus Flower?  You decide.

You are supposedly heavily engaged in making better memories with pictures and you really need to concentrate on the best possible picture you can get for your efforts.

People buy cameras for different reasons, but in almost every case, it’s to get and keep better memories.  You don’t have to be a professional, just have a working knowledge of what you want and how to get it.

 By the way, this blog has only 676 words in it.  How many words would it take to describe all of the above without pictures?


About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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