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L u n c h B o x S e r i e s March 29, 2017 Basic photography tips and tricks Vivian Atakos and Christine Bukania

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L u n c h B o x S e r i e s

March 29, 2017

Basic photography tips and tricks

Vivian Atakos and Christine Bukania

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First things first…. Familiarise with device• Understand your camera – whether professional or non professional;

phone camera. How does it work?

• Resolution of the pictures you are taking? Determines quality of the image

• How to adjust settings to different situations – What icon is used for different situations? Close-ups, landscape, portrait, panoramic, auto

• How do I click? Seems obvious but not. Need to push button to focus then push to take picture

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Let light be your friend

• Avoid taking pictures in places with insufficient light; take pics outside; disable flash for better pictures. Darker situations, call for patience. Stand still and avoid moving objects

• Outside – sun should be behind you. Subject will directly face the light. Downside, people tend to close their eyes

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Picture the picture frame

Imagine the frame. Not thisBut borders of your photo

• Is everyone in? But also the composition. Art of photography• Experiment! Experiment! No film to waste with digital

photography• Use of viewfinder versus LCD screen. Limits distraction of things

not in your frame. Better focus• Move in closer! Avoid zooming – image affected by movement• General rules of the picture frame – don’t cut off feet when frame

already reaches the ankle, avoid objects/ persons disturbing the composition

• Observe photos of photographers! Ask for tips when you meet them

• Take lots of pictures of the same item

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Rule of the thirds

Imagine four lines - creating nine even squares.

Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off center will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph.

Photos are pleasing and interesting to look at. Eyes wander

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Pictures for publications – Newsletter/ Annual report

Should tell a story – combine items in your frame to tell a story

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Always try to maintain eye level with your subject

How are elements combining to tell your story

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Should tell a story – combine items in your frame to tell a story

Check for that icon on your frame – circular, square. Focus on specific parts of your frame.

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Different perspectives

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What next?

Manage your photos:

Folders:• Date pictures were taken• Activity• Location• Photographer

Include at text file ‘readme’ with a brief explanation of the photos in the folderPost processing: Many phone apps can process and they are available on Google Play

CIP SSA maintains a Flickr Account. us your best 10-15 photos per visit for inclusion

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The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP) is

a research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato,

and Andean roots and tubers. CIP is dedicated to delivering sustainable

science-based solutions to the pressing world issues of hunger, poverty,

gender equity, climate change and the preservation of our Earth’s fragile

biodiversity and natural resources.

CIP is a member of CGIARCGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its

science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the

CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.