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Take Better Photos

While University Communications and Marketing offers fantastic photo services you may find yourself taking photos on your own. 

How to Take a Great Photo

Use Light to Your Advantage

  • Look for natural light, like window light, and pay attention to where shadows fall on the subject of the photo.
  • Take photos in the early morning or evening. Late morning and afternoon photos result in hard light and harsh shadows.

Utilize Your Phone's Features

Lock the focus on your phone to adjust exposure and framing:

  • On an iPhone, tap and hold on the subject of your photo
  • On an Android, tap on the subject of your photo and then tap on the lock symbol on the right of your screen

Guide to Phone Photography

Composition is Key

  • Follow the rule of thirds and other composition best practices when possible
  • Avoid clutter in the background of your image — take a moment to get any unnecessary objects out of the way and frame your photo
  • Avoid awkward crops

Learn More About Composition

Consider Social Media

  • Keep the proper dimensions for social channels in mind when framing or cropping the image (e.g., Instagram is a square, while Twitter is a horizontal rectangle)
  • Don’t overuse filters (it's so 2012)

Learn About Social Media Image Sizes

PhotoShelter Guide

  1. Log in using your OHIO ID
  2. Click on the Galleries tab found in the top menu bar
  3. From here, navigate through folders and collections or search by keyword through the search bar in the upper right corner
  4. Keywords can include things like Division of Student Affairs, Campus Recreation, students, fall, Baker University Center, ballroom, or career fairs
  5. To search for photos just within the Division of Student Affairs gallery, click on the Division of Student Affairs gallery folder, then select “In ‘Division of Student Affairs’” in the dropdown menu next to the search bar
  6. Select a photo to see the date it was shot, the caption (I/A), the filename and the photographer to credit (I/A)
  7. To download an image, click on the download icon in the lower right corner and choose a download size

Access PhotoShelter