Photography tips from the Heritage Makers team

People Make the Picture
from Chris Lee, Heritage Makers CEO
Whenever I take a photo of a great landscape, a beach, a mountain, a red-rock arch, a spring meadow of flowers, an autumn tree-lined street, or any famous landmark, I remind myself that most of those images are already available somewhere in a postcard or online. But what I won’t be able to do is re-create the moment I was there, and the memories of the people who were there with me. So I always remind myself that “people make the picture.”

Even if you’re visiting a landmark by yourself, use the self-timer and race out into the frame. You’ll be happier in ten years when you look back at that image and remember what you looked like when you were there. Seeing that smile on your face will bring back your memories much more than seeing yet another empty photo of the Eiffel Tower.

Using Your Digital Camera

from Don Lenhof, Director of Marketing
Photographers should know how to make simple adjustments on their digital camera (learn from your camera’s manual), such as:
• How to change the film speed to shoot better pictures under lower light.
• How to shoot with “aperture priority” so that their moving images won’t be so blurred.
• How to use the “picture mode settings” to get better results, i.e. “landscape,” “nighttime,” etc.
• How to set the camera for “no flash” if they want to get shots in museums or other places flash photography is not allowed.

Take Three Instead of One

from Stephen Felt, Senior Developer
• Every time you pull out your camera for a shot, take three pictures instead of one. This way you’re increasing your chances that one of the photos will turn out just the way you want.
• Try one without the flash. Photographs taken without flash usually feel more authentic. It’s free with digital, so go ahead! Shoot!

Type of Shots
from Ryan Harper, Web Developer
• Move things away from the middle of the frame; use the rule of thirds (check out
• Use flash while you’re outside in the middle of the day.
• Get down on eye level with your subject. Too many kid photos are looking down.
• Get in close.
• Watch your lighting; keep faces out of shadow.


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