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Organizing tip #4: 3 tips for great climate action photos


Organizing tip #4: 3 tips for great climate action photos


We're ramping up our spring/summer campaign and I thought it would be a good time to come back to the blog with an organizing tip.

Part of holding a good action is taking a good picture. But have you ever taken a photo that didn’t necessarily capture the essence of your event? I’m going to give you some pointers on how to do it:

Capturing the Moment:

  • Be Prepared
  • Flaunt Props/Key People
  • Crunch the Numbers

Be Prepared

There’s a difference between being prepared for your event overall and being prepared to take a good photo. Make a trek to your event location in advance of your action to see where people should stand for a speech, a group photo, etc. While visualizing those key spots, you should be thinking of highlighting your specific event location (for example, A dirty coal plant and its ugly smoke stacks) when relevant to your event.

Flaunt Props/Key People

Once you’ve got your key spots in mind, you want to make sure that props are plentiful and in your photos (especially 1Sky signs!). A picture is worth a thousand words -- or at least has the potential to be worth that much. Signs, props, and your event speaker or staff person (in a congressional office) should be considered your “money” photo shots.

Crunch the Numbers

Last but not least, you want to showcase the crowd at your event. It doesn’t matter if you have five people or 500, you’ll want to crunch folks together for a photo. In other words, taking the picture in a way that makes the people fill the frame. If you’re somewhere with a significant background (such as a dirty coal plant) consider getting the location in as well.

Now that you know how to take a fantastic photo, stay tuned for our upcoming "Dirty Fuel Hunt," where photos will be a key part of the action.

Have any additional principles? Have suggestions for future tips/trainings? Let me know by commenting below.

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