I found a wonderful group on the Web that urges its members to Tell a Story in 5 (Photo-)Frames.
A good story has characters in action with a beginning (Act 1), middle (Act 2), and an ending (Act 3).
Fortunately a lot of information can be given in a single photograph, enhancing the limitations of five photographs for your story.
Location, time, and atmosphere aid viewer imagination. Keep standards of pictorial beauty, but pack as many story telling elements in one photograph as possible to develop an action.
1st photo: establish characters and location.
2nd photo: create a situation with possibilities of what might happen.
3rd photo: involve the characters in the situation.
4th photo: build to probable outcomes
5th photo: have a logical, but surprising, end.
Have a look and try it for yourselves at www.flickr.com/groups/visualstory/
Here is an example:
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The Power of Five:
- We have 5 Fingers on one hand, or 5 five toes on one foot
- We have 5 Senses (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch)
- We have 5 Working Days in a week
- We have a 5 Forces Model in Competition according to Michael Porter, an Economics Strategist
- We have 5 Elements (Water, Earth, Fire, Wood, Metal)