Wherever you go with your Scouts this summer, whatever you do, you already have one of the most powerful tools you need to spread the joy of Scouting: your smartphone.
“People always ask me, ‘What’s the best camera?’ ” says professional BSA photographer Michael Roytek. “The best camera is the camera you have on you.”
Some folks might prefer to carry around heavy pieces of photography equipment with long, powerful lenses, and that’s great. For the rest us, we have the modern smartphone, which has the capability to produce photos good enough to save as memories — and to share online with friends, fellow Scouting families, and maybe even members of your community.
The only question is, How do you use it?
Roytek was kind of enough to join the latest episode of #TrekonTuesday, our weekly Facebook Live presentation during which we talk all things Scouting.
You can watch his entire presentation below, or read on for his most important tips.
The rule of thirds
If you only think of one thing when taking photos, it should be this: composition.
Composition is how you arrange the subjects of your photos. Your subject might be a couple of Cub Scouts. Or it could be a sunset or an interesting landmark. Where you place those subjects within your photo goes a long way to making it more appealing.
“An easy rule to remember is the rule of thirds,” says Roytek. “It’s very simple and very basic.
“We divide the picture both horizontally and vertically into thirds. And we really like to place the action at the intersection of those lines. It makes the photos more interesting and pleasing.”
Why is this? Most experts think the human eye doesn’t like symmetrical items that are always centered in just the right place, or always spaced apart just the right distance. The rule of thirds is a good guide to where you can place the subjects of your photos to achieve maximum appeal.
This applies to other artforms as well, by the way. Keep your eye out for the rule of thirds the next time you see a movie or go to an art museum.