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

Friday, May 23, 2014

National Cancer Survivors Day 2014 will be filled with special moments that everyone attending will want to remember. And you’ll want to be sure to have a camera (or two, or three) on hand to capture the memories. Is your camera ready? Here are our top 5 tips for capturing the perfect photo at your National Cancer Survivors Day event.

A hug and smiles1. Be candid. Candid shots of people caught up in the moment – sharing hugs, laughing, wiping away a tear – capture the spirit of NCSD much better than posed photos in front of the same background over and over again. But to capture these candid moments on camera, you may have to be a little sneaky. When people are aware of the camera, they tend to get nervous and tense up or turn on the fake smiles and pose. Try your best to make sure the cancer survivors are the center of attention, not your camera.

2. Get in the action. Pictures of NCSD participants doing things are usually much more interesting than photos of people just sitting around smiling awkwardly for the camera. Take photos of National Cancer Survivors Day event activities – like crossing a finish line, dancing, giving hugs or high fives, and creating artwork. Do more than just photograph the people. Try to capture the special moments those people will want to remember.

3. Focus on the camaraderie. Take photos of NCSD guests interacting with each other. When you photograph more than one person at a time, it introduces a relationship into the shot. After all, National Cancer Survivors Day is about bringing cancer survivors together to celebrate life.

4. Click away. Thanks to digital cameras, NCSD photographers can click away without having to worry about setting up the perfect shot every time. You may even want to try your camera’s “action” setting if it has one. When you shoot multiple images quickly, you can get some great shots that you’d have never gotten if you tried to capture the action in just one take. By taking lots of photos, you’ll increase your chances of capturing that perfect National Cancer Survivors Day photo.

I am a survivor5. Leave it to a professional. Hiring a professional photographer (or finding one who will donate their services) for your NCSD event is one way to make sure you get some great shots of your National Cancer Survivors Day celebration. Before you hire someone, though, make sure to check out their portfolio to see if their style matches the tone of your event. Another important point to consider is whether they include unlimited usage rights in their pricing, and if their fee is affordable for your organization. 

We’re Looking Forward to National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1

National Cancer Survivors Day is just over a week away! On Sunday, June 1, thousands of cancer survivors and supporters will gather to celebrate life after cancer. 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 1. And we hope these tips help you capture those special NCSD moments.