Top tips for getting the best photos from your Brain Tumour Research fundraising event.

 

Compose the picture so that it tells the story of what you are doing and why. If your event is part of one of our campaigns, please make sure that it is communicated in the pictures wherever possible.

The strategic placement of our brand will immediately help – be it our Believe Magazine, some of our leaflets, campaign posters, T-shirts or other merchandise. Try to include our materials, participants wearing our branded T-shirts or baseball caps etc in your photos.  If any of our banners are in use, they can look good to the side or in the background of the picture. Get shots of our collection buckets or boxes being used as well perhaps?

Think about focal points in your pictures – images of individuals or small groups interacting or posing in a fun way often work better than a large group. However, a group shot of everyone can work well if it’s fun – everyone cheering at the end of a challenge or throwing hats for example. Think about filling the frame with the people you are photographing to maximise the impact of the image.

Be aware also about what is going on in the background of your photo - walls can look dull; expressions on faces of people looking on in the background can also ruin an otherwise good photo, and if there’s a lot going on behind your subject, this could also be distracting.

Be a happy snapper! Move around, take different perspectives and viewpoints – this is likely to offer up that ‘winning photo’. Don’t get stressed by the task. Keep it simple and natural. Quite often when you’re least expecting it, that great composition will come together – just have your camera ready to capture it!

Always get permission from people or make it obvious at the start that you’ll be taking photos and then anyone who doesn’t want to be photographed can say so or move out the way.

Make sure you set your camera to capture images at a size of 6MB or higher – if in doubt, choose the highest quality (maximum file size). Rather than send everything, give yourself a bit of time to review and edit so that what you end up sending us and the media are the best possible images showing a range of people and activities which capture a positive story of fundraising for a very worthwhile cause.

It would be great if you could label each photo with the people involved from left to right or provide this on a separate word document identifying names in numbered images (unless there are just too many to name).  Please include in your email any background information about the photos – the title of the event, the names of any prominent or specific people in the photos – i.e. specific fundraisers, family or friends of the individual affected or who the event in aid of or in memory of, how much was raised etc. Please also indicate if we need to credit a photographer.

When sending us your best photos, please note, they should be 1MB or larger in size (preferably around 6MB) and, if you have many, it’s best to put them in a zip file first and send them to us on photos@braintumourresearch.org. If you have any further questions about taking or sending photos to us then by all means get in touch on 01908 867200.

Happy snapping!


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