Take better pictures

Includes: Outdoors, Nature and the great outdoors, Technology and science

Activity time:
1 meeting

Age:
4+

Cost:
Low
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Improve your photography skills

Follow our simple tips to help you and your girls take really good photos.

Overview

  1. Keep your camera handy at all times so you can take advantage of every single photo opportunity.
  2. Shoot from a different perspective. Think about where a camera is normally held – somewhere between the top of the head and the chest. What about a picture from knee height? What if girls imagine an ant’s eye, or a bird’s eye view on things?
  3. Use the rule of thirds to create more interesting compositions. Imagine two horizontal and two vertical lines equally dividing your shot (see below), then place important elements of your photo on the lines or where they cross over each other. You don't have to put an element on every line; one is enough if you want to keep things simple.
  4. Frame the subject to add interest – this could mean taking a picture of a field of cows through a gate and keeping the railings in view, or simply allowing several tree trunks to frame the subject in the middle of them.
  5. Tell a story. It sounds cheesy, but a photo will be much more interesting if people can 'read' a story into it.

Planning checklist

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

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2 adults needed