|Photo Check: capturing the moment
(from October 2002 Leader Link)
Pictures say a thousand words, or so that's what the
saying says, but we have all seen pictures that say
only two or three, and others for which there are no
words. So, what makes a good picture good?
Several factors go into taking a good picture: light,
shape, proportion, and color. Here are some ways to
keep these in check for great pictures.
- Decide what the picture is of... have a focal point:
people, equipment, a sign. Before you take the shot,
think of what it says about the event or what you
are trying to capture.
- Fill at least 50% of the picture with the person
or object. Use as little background as possible so
that your picture will capture the viewer's attention.
- Don't be afraid to turn your camera on its side
to get more of the object, or for a different look.
- Put people or objects in the shade when taking
pictures outside so people won't squint and objects
won't have a glare.
- Use natural light when inside, but be careful not
to put people in front of a window. Otherwise you'll
have a great picture of light from the window with
some barely visible people or things in the way.
- Keep the camera still, especially when taking pictures
inside or in darker places. The film is exposed for
a longer time, and so any bump will blur the image.
Pictures of people
- One person is usually more interesting than several.
This seems to focus the viewer's attention, whereas
pictures of three or more people starts to spread
the attention from one person to the other. There
are many times, however, in which multiple people
doing something or a group shot is important and interesting.
Use your own judgment.
- Faces are more interesting than a whole person.
When taking a picture of one or more people, you don't
need to necessarily get all of them in the shot. Allow
the shot to have as much face in it as possible. If
they are getting an award, cut the picture off just
below the handshake. If they are speaking, cut it
off below the microphone rather than trying to fit
in the whole podium.
- Relax the people in the picture. The more natural
the people feel, the less their smiles will look computer-generated.
- If you are outside, make sure that the person isn't
half in the shade and half outside the shade. The
picture will only capture half of them well.
For the E-Bulletin
To post pictures online, they have to meet some basic
technical specifications including:
- They should either be in .jpg or .gif format.
- They should not be part of a word document, but
should be submitted as separate files.
- You should stick to a size of no less than 400
pixels. Any smaller, and the image will become obscured
when it is blown-up on the web.