We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.
What’s in a Landscape?
When we see a scenic photo op, our instinct tells us to snap a few shots with the object in the center quadrant while zoomed. People look at an object and instantaneously conclude that it is unique. Recognizing uniqueness is one thing, but communicating that to someone else in a picture is another. So to better communicate uniqueness to another, simply ask yourself, “What makes the object unique and what can I do to make someone else come to the same conclusion without having to explain it?” Try to utilize surrounding intricacies that turn an ordinary shot into an exciting picture.
Tip:Truly open your eyes, look around, and incorporate subtleties into your shot. Try to find picture-enhancing objects such as cloud formations, layers of sediment, colorful flowers, reflection, fence, etc. Shooting an interesting object in the foreground helps to create depth.Including people for scale from a distance amongst wide open background depicts grandeur. Straight, linear objects shot at an anglelead the viewer to the center of interest. Don’t be afraid to offset your main object to one side. Reflections off a body of water produce horizontal symmetry, which is very appealing to the eyes.