Make Your Photos Work for You
Here are 11 tips for photos that will make your press releases, blogs and social media posts zing!
PEOPLE –Photos should contain a live person, not just inanimate objects or signage.
CLOSE UPS – Get close to the person you are photographing. We want to see expressions and facial features on people. Have them looking at the camera if possible.
CANDID PHOTOS – Take photos of people doing something, but be sure to get their faces – preferably facing you.
POSED PHOTOS – Perfect for awards, important visitors, etc. Be sure the subjects are holding the award, shaking the hand of the VIP, or standing side by side.
PROPS – When taking the photo, see what is showing up as you look through your lens. You may want to add a prop or two to make the photo more interesting (book, plant, etc.).
BRAND – When appropriate, have your company logo appear through signage, name tags, logo on something, etc.
BE THE DIRECTOR – Take some time to think about the setting and how you can make it, and the people, look best. Don’t be afraid to ask people to pose a certain way. They will appreciate your concern. Check everyone in the photo to be sure clothes are neat and well fitting.
DETAILS – When taking the picture, look at the details that are showing up in the photo. Are they appropriate? Do they look good?
LIGHT – Take photos of people away from bright, direct light.
FLASH – Use the flash on your camera most of the time, even when outdoors.
RESOLUTION – If you are taking a photo and can set the resolution, be sure it is on a high setting.