Storytelling is not just central to our lives on the internet–it’s central to human existence. Far beyond memes, stories help others really get different pieces of ourselves. Whether it’s a story about what made your day great, how weird an encounter on the street was, what made your last trip absolutely awesome, or what created a special connection with someone, stories are the social glue that holds us all together. These days much of our storytelling is taking place on the internet. Sometimes it’s just a brief photo on Instagram or a quick update on Facebook. Other times it’s a long blog post detailing all the twists and turns of a journey. Either way, photos are now a vital part of our internet experience and if you really want to make a splash, creating a photo collage can really add some punch to your story.
Create a whole new piece of art simply by combining different photos together.
You can build your collage around a common theme, capture a series of events, offer different perspectives of the same subject, or detail the highlights of a trip. And there’s no way to get it wrong–whichever theme you choose will look great, even if you have low-resolution images.
No one has time to go through 147 photos!
Often times we go somewhere special and take lots of photos with our phones, only to find that we have a zillion photos to choose from and our friends only have so much patience. Creating a photo collage can help you out of this mess by allowing you to show just a few “images,” each packed with your favorite photos. The collage above is from my trip to Jerusalem. Instead of having my friends scrolling through lots of pictures, I can just give them a few to look at all at once.
You can tell a linear story with a photo collage
Just choose the template that works best for you (Photojoiner offers plenty of templates). The collage above was from a backpacking trip we made through the Olympics. It shows the campsite from the first night, the pass we hiked to the top of, a secret waterfall along the trail, and our final destination–the Sol Duc Hotsprings (and waterfall).
A collage let you highlight the important elements
Collages can also tell the story of the elements of your garden, your home, your room, or really just about any place that strikes your fancy. The pictures don’t have to be in any order (unless you want them to be). They just need to convey whatever feelings you have about the place. The collage above is about my garden in the early summer. I could tell stories and stories about it! If I were to take a single wide-angle image of the garden it would lack a subject. However, with a collage, I can guide my audience to several interesting subjects.
Interested in making a Photo Collage?
Perhaps the best thing about photo collages is how easy they are to make, especially with a free online collage maker like Photojoiner. All you have to do is choose your template (how you want the collage to look), upload your photos, and drag-n-drop them into the collage where you’d like them to be. It’s probably some of the easiest art you’ll ever create and it will always look great. Everything’s free and there’s no membership, download or personal details necessary. To start all you have to have is a few photos and a story idea in your head. The rest is cake.
Ready to make your first online photo collage? Get a few photos together and then click here. You can also make a super cool collage for your Facebook cover or stitch photos together. Try it out and let us know how it goes.