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5 Tips for Capturing the Perfect Photo at Your National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration

Thursday, June 02, 2016

NCSD speakerThe stage is set, the guests have arrived, and the celebration is about to begin. National Cancer Survivors Day® will be filled with special moments everyone will want to remember. And you’ll want to be sure to have a camera (or two, or three) on hand to document it all.

Is your camera ready?

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take amazing photos of your Celebration of Life. Just follow these 5 tips for capturing those unforgettable Survivors Day moments:

girl and mom racing to finish line1. Take action shots. Pictures of people doing things are more interesting than photos of people just standing around. Instead of photographing your guests passively listening to a keynote speaker, try to capture those special moments of laughter or tears during the speech. You should also take photos of people participating in NCSD activities – like crossing a finish line, dancing, giving high fives, or creating artwork.

2. Look for candid moments. Candid shots of people caught up in the moment – sharing hugs, laughing, wiping away a tear – capture the spirit of the event much better than posed photos in front of the same background over and over again.

3. Photograph people together. When you photograph people together, it introduces a relationship into the shot. After all, National Cancer Survivors Day® is about bringing cancer survivors together to celebrate life.

clowns entertaining guests4. Don’t be obvious. When people are aware of you taking photos of them, they may get nervous and tense up, or turn on the fake smiles and pose. In order to capture those coveted candid moments, you’ll have to be a little less obvious with the camera.

5. Take a LOT of photos. If you have a digital camera, you can click away without having to worry about setting up the perfect shot every time. Your camera’s burst function is perfect for this. Taking lots of photos increases your chances of getting that one perfect shot.

We Can’t Wait to See Your Photos!

National Cancer Survivors Day® is only a few days away! We’re looking forward to celebrating life with you, and we can’t wait to see your photos.

Make sure to share your National Cancer Survivors Day® pictures and stories with us on social media by using the hashtag #NCSD2016 and tagging us in your posts. And don't forget to send your best shots to Coping with Cancer magazine. Your photo could be featured in their July/August issue.