Our living Planet is Burning! Yes, burning from the effects of our own doing. Our climate is fast changing, our rivers drying, rains erratic, and extreme weathers becoming norm of the day. But how do we position ourselves in order to deal with the elephant in the room? What actions can we be part of,both on-ground & via other avenues, in order to be the voices Nature need? These are the questions I recently got answered during a hands-on skills training for Digital stories.
Digital storytelling usually would mean use of modern platforms(media) to advocate for local action, and push for change around us. Usually, this will involve activities such as Photo stories,Video recordings, Petitions(online) & Campaign platforms. Usually, the digital world has an ever growing consumer demand, and the dynamics are on the rise. It is in our best interests therefore, to invest in telling our unique stories using the technologies available. As a Digital storyteller, here are some of the skills that you should have;
- Clear digital Workplan/ strategy
- Have a dedicated team
- Diligent messaging
- Proper communication
- Community recruitment
- Relationship with media(journalists & online)
- Short videos
- Active participation approach
- Use of art
What tools are there available to actualize some of these storytelling avenues? Well there are quite a number of them. Here are several Apps;Photos: inshot, snapseed, adobe lightroom, Canva, obscura camVideos: adobe spark video, adobe premier rush, king Master, spice, video snap, wondershare, etc.
Campaign/ petition: control shift platform,Afrika VukaDigital storytelling can be challenging, and so, you have to be aware of some rules if you want your digital story to be a cut above the best. Here are several tips that may help;
Photo Tips:Just recently, I learnt about the LAMB rule to good photography.
L-Lighting: Be sure where the lighting is( go for least amount of shadow). NB: Good photos will usually be ones taken around sunrise/ sunset. Also, use your hand and move it around in order to see where light is balancing enough.
A-Angles: Angels change how we communicate the message. If you focus mainly on the object, the message will be different from when you capture everything around.
M-Message: Have a clear message for your audience.
B-Background: Be aware of what makes up the background. While editing photos, remember Balancing, Contrast/ Highlights, and Cropping are good methods of making your images speak 1000words.
- Keep the phone Horizontal at all times
- Always keep phone/ gadget steady. Note: Use your surrounding as your tripod.
- Use the rule of 3rd (vertical & horizontal imaginary lines that outline the object covering most parts within)
- Move camera more slowly than you think
- Get a variety of shots(wide, medium, etc.) NB:No zoom for phones, it destroys video quality
- Reach out to people around you to tell your story
- Get closer to your subject
- I’m cases where your subject is not able to sign a physical consent form, ask them to spell out their names( read it up) NB: LAMB+S(stability), A(Audio)
Digital storytelling is a good opportunity for Africa’s Youth to take a lead in the Fight against Climate crisis. We cannot sit back & keep saying we don’t have the power to influence change. That change lies within our hands, and on our Gadgets. Let us start off and create the wave of change we need across the continent. Viva Afrika!