Using pictures to enrich your timeline.

Have you ever seen a history book without pictures? Neither have we. In myHistro,  stories and pictures go hand is hand, just like in history books. Images are bound to provide information and clarity into your timeline. Whether you are creating a story about Napoleon Bonaparte, your recent journey to India or the Beatles, in this post you’ll find some tips how to make your timeline more dynamic.

In myHistro pictures are one of the main component of your timeline. They add depth and colour to your story. You might think, well what does ‘colour’ stand for? In this case ‘colour’ signifies a meaning and embodies a context in relation to you story. Check out this nice story about Renaissance cultural movement. Could you imagine this without images? It wouldn’t be the same, would it? The portraits and pictures of paintings do add additional value to the timeline.

The Renaissance

The Renaissance

From history projects to biographies, most commonly 2-3 images are used in a event. You can add more or less, that’s entirely up to you. Focus on the relevance rather than the number.  Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France, is still widely quoted today for his famous saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Having eye catching photos in your story will most definitely attract more attention amongst your readers than not having photos at all. This is why we encourage you to use myHistro as a creative platform for digital storytellers like yourself.


Napoleon Bonaparte

So how to get started? As a first example we’ve got a timeline about the journey of the Beatles. You might want to approach it by thinking about the keywords that describe the story. The Beatles – it’s a band, they make music, sell records and perform at concerts.  Already, we got some strong ideas what kind of images we could add into the timeline. Plus portraits and images of the concerts.

The journey of the Beatles

Perhaps you were given an assignment to create a chronological timeline about  the Pope at school. Similarly, let’s start with some of the keywords that are characteristic to the era, like religion, art, location – and much more! If you are struggling you can always take a peak in Google. We won’t mind! In historical timelines pictures are especially popular because history is such a fascinating and engaging subject, which without visuals would probably be unrealistic.


Papacy in the Middle Ages

Land of Hope

Land of Hope

We also spotted some good examples of photo composition in this personal story ‘Land of Hope’.  There are compositions that are always a safe choice such as simplicity, the golden rule, the rule of thirds, symmetry and patterns, leading lines. Click the following image to check out some more examples. But as they say there aren’t any rules just basic guidelines! Fire away, experiment with different techniques and let your creativity shine!


Leading lines by Pierre Metivier

What did you find most helpful in this post? Share your tips and comments in the section below.

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