Mobile Photography and Video

When it comes to documentation, text is better with images. Be sure to take video and/or photos of your meeting to add context and color to your notes, social media or newsletter.

ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Check in with a Documenters Manager for requirements on this role.

TIPS

  1. Find a steady support: Make use of a tripod, tree stump, banister, shelf or nearby railing for stability.
  2. Find the light: Head toward the nearest light source for the clearest image. When outdoors, keep the sun at your back to avoid backlighting your subject.
  3. Frame it: Vary your perspective but always shoot horizontally. Take wide shots by stepping back and close-ups by filling the frame. Use the rule of thirds as a guide by placing points of interest along the four main intersections (see the Rule of Thirds diagram below).
  4. Change your focus: Tap your mobile screen to change the focus of your shot and its exposure.
  5. Avoid zoom: Zooming often leads to pixelation. Instead, move closer to your subject when possible.

CHECKLIST

Rule of thirds diagram

ON ASSIGNMENT NOW?

Call or text 708-820-2154 any time with any questions or concerns. For any non-immediate needs email us directly at documenters@citybureau.org.