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6 Pro Tips for Taking Amazing Photos of Your National Cancer Survivors Day Event

Thursday, May 28, 2015

National Cancer Survivors Day® 2015 will be filled with special moments that everyone attending will want to remember. And, of course, you’ll want to capture them. 

However, you don’t have to be a professional photographer or own a fancy camera to take amazing photos of your NCSD event. Just follow these 6 pro tips taking amazing photos of your National Cancer Survivors Day® 2015 event on Sunday, June 7:

walking on NCSD1. Look for candid moments. Candid shots of people caught up in the moment – sharing a hug, laughing aloud, or even letting out a tear – capture the spirit of National Cancer Survivors Day® much better than posed photos in front of the same background over and over again.

2. Capture the action. Pictures of people doing something are much more interesting than photos of people sitting still or posing. Instead of photographing cancer survivors passively listening to a keynote speaker, try to capture those special moments of laughter or tears during the speech. Better yet, take photos of NCSD 2015 event activities – like crossing a finish line, lighting a candle, dancing, giving hugs or high fives, or creating artwork.

family hug on NCSD3. And capture the interaction, as well. Take photos of cancer survivors and supports interacting with each other. 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. Capture those special bonding moments in your photos.

4. Try to fade into the background. When people know you are there taking photos of them, they either get nervous and tense up or turn on the fake smiles and pose. In order to capture those candid moments, you’ll need to work on fading into the background when taking photos so people don’t even notice you’re there.

5. Take a LOT of photos. If you have a digital camera, you can just click away at your NCSD celebration without having to worry about setting up the perfect shot every time. Then just delete the not-so-perfect photos later. When you shoot multiple images quickly, you can get some great shots that you’d have never gotten if you shot just one. You may even capture a candid moment before or after a posed shot. By taking numerous photos, you’ll increase your chances of getting that one perfect shot.

6. Practice. The best way to improve your photography skills is to practice. In the next several days leading up to National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 7, get out your camera whenever you can and practice using the tips above.

We Can’t Wait to See Your Photos!

National Cancer Survivors Day® is just over a week away! On Sunday, June 7, thousands of cancer survivors and supporters will gather to celebrate life after cancer and raise awareness of the issues of cancer survivorship. NCSD is the one day each year that we pause to honor everyone who is living with a history of cancer, and to recognize the loved ones and healthcare providers who have supported them along the way.

We’re looking forward to celebrating life with you on Sunday, June 7. 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 #NCSD2015 and tagging us in your posts.