Storyboards have been used for decades in film and video production. Storyboards could be described as visual aids that explain your idea to others. A storyboard might be used to pitch your concept or as a visual instruction guide to your team when shooting your video project. Traditionally you would hire an illustrator to sketch out your vision.

man drawing storyboards

But you don’t need to be a talented artist to have storyboards added to your creative arsenal. Storyboards can rage in a wide scale from simple stick figures to borderline on artwork.

A quick and easy way to get a storyboard together is by doing a photo storyboard. Simply scout out your location and have another person stand in as if you were about to start shooting. Snap a photo each time you want to move the camera to get a different image for your storyboard. (Bonus points if you use the same or similar camera / lens combination you expect to use when shooting.)

*Pro Tip* If you don’t have an extra person available to you when you take your photo storyboard you can draw over the image with computer software like photoshop, or even print and use pen and pencil.

**Pro Tip 2x** If you can’t get to your locations at the time or are unsure, you can always look up stock images and other graphics that can represent your idea on paper.

Compile all of your images together with your script and camera directions and you will have a quick and easy storyboard that you can use for to explain your idea or begin planning for your shoot. You can even take it a step further and turn your photo storyboard into a simple video storyboard by adding narration, music, sound effects, and even simple camera moves to your images.

Before: https://youtu.be/xl9zO77bY8Y
After: https://youtu.be/MF-jJbWyyiE

Storyboards are a super helpful tool to convey your concept and a great aid for you and your team during production. Storyboard certainly don’t need to be works of art, find what works for you and get your ideas down before recorded on camera.