10 PHOTO TIPS
We don't want you to get too bogged down by technique, that's why we created this easy Do's and Don'ts list!
THE BEST CAMERA IS THE ONE YOU KNOW HOW TO USE
No need to go fancy, use the camera you are most familiar with. Of course, go with the best quality camera possible, but comfort and knowledge of the equipment is essential!
USING A SMART PHONE? ALWAYS SHOOT LANDSCAPE
Landscape is the way to go when using a smart phone. Click here for some GREAT tips on shooting using a smartphone... really it's worth checking out!
FRAMING... A LITTLE TO THE SIDE
Frame your subject a little to the left or a little to the right of your screen. Avoid placing your subject in the middle of the screen or too far away.
TIP: Make your subject comfortable by asking easy questions first. It'll make it easier to capture emotion! MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE the white of your subject's eyes!
KEEP IT STEADY!
Shaky footage can be distracting, unless it's intended, like in an action shot... Keep that shot steady by using a tripod.
Using a smartphone? Check out this great steady cam hack using a paper cup!
LIGHT & SHADE... BUT NO SHADOWS
Best time to shoot: Early morning or in the late evening.
Middle of the day shoot hack: Shade is your best buddy! Buildings and clouds can create great shade, but be weary of trees, they sometimes let light in and can make your subject look spotty.
Bright faces not bright backgrounds: We want our light source to be facing our subject and not be behind them... think of the sun as a proud parent looking at their child, and not standing behind them stealing the show.
HOLD THAT SHOT!
Hold your shot 5 seconds after you got what you needed... The extra footage is essential for editing the material.
Want more? This 4-minute video has all the "HOW Tos" of our tips list!
We want to see those lovely faces... let's keep hats, sunglasses and dirt (unless dirt helps telling the story) of the subject's face :)
CLOTHING: PLAIN IS BEST
Plain clothing with no writing or logos keeps the focus on the subject and not what they are wearing.
Look for any distractions in your background... clothing on a clothes line, a person standing in the background, garbage on the ground... If it distracts from the story, change the shot or tidy up.
Make sure we have the permission from every participant. If they are a minor we must have the gardians permission. BTW most camps already have the participants permission, just check with your camp's administration first.