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  • This presentation is meant to help NABDP staff regarding taking photos in the field and at important events. It is shared with MRRD and via various channels outside NABDP and MRRD, in the interest of sharing knowledge with others. It was written by Jayne Cravens of the National Area-Based Development Programme, which supports the Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). More information: http://www.mrrd.gov.af/nabdp
  • The Communications Unit at NABDP has an excellent and very, very large library of photos through July 2007 from a variety of events and site visits. If there is a particular photo you need, let the unit know!
  • Why are photos important? Because every picture tells a story. The better the photo, the more clear and interesting the story. Pictures, if they are good, don’t need much accompanying text to represent a place and time, evoke an emotion or create understanding.
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? This photo, FYI, is “NEEP” Gabion Wave by widows Samangan, Kharam, Sarbagh”
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? This is NSP Radio Production.
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? This is the former MRRD Minister in Herat, 2005.
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? This is the former MRRD Minister in Herat, 2005.
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? How does this picture compare with the next photo?
  • Discuss what this picture says: What do you know from looking at this photo? What emotions do you feel when you look at it? Is this photo “important”? How does this picture compare with the previous photo? Do you think the addition of a person actually using the pump makes the photo tell a better story? Would the previous picture of just the pump be something you might need as well?
  • Examples of photo requests
  • Discuss who the photos are for – ask the group to brainstorm a list
  • Example of why one group needs photos
  • Examples of two other groups and why they need photos
  • There were a LOT of photos taken at this particular meeting; most of them looked like the photo at the left, but there were also some excellent shots, such as the one at the right. The more photos you take, the more likely you will get great shots.
  • Thanks! (Leave this slide up during post presentation discussion, as it’s the summary of the entire presentation).
  • Transcript

    • 1. Advice for Field Photos By Jayne Cravens Communications & Reporting Advisor August 12, 2007
    • 2. Firstly: THANK YOU for sharing your photos already!
    • 3. Every Picture Tells A Story
    • 4. What Does This Photo Say?
    • 5. What Does This Photo Say?
    • 6. What Does This Photo Say?
    • 7. What Does This Photo Say?
    • 8. What Does This Photo Say?
    • 9. What Does This Photo Say
    • 10. The best photos don’t completely rely on text to explain them in order for you to “hear” at least part of the overall story.
    • 11. NABDP needs photos for many different reasons, to serve many different audiences
    • 12. “I urgently need photos…”
      • “… of children using a water pump”
      • “… of men working”
      • “… of that workshop in Herat last year”
      • “… of NABDP staff in action
      • “… of the Belgians on a field visit”
      • “… of women in discussion”
      • “… with lots of color”
      • “… of smiling faces”
      • “… of the Japanese donors signing our latest agreement”
    • 13. Who Are Photos For?
      • Donors
      • Media/Press
      • Citizens of Afghanistan
      • Government
      • Internal MRRD / NABDP / UNDP Staff
      • Partner Organizations
      • Other Organizations
      • International General Public
      • Others?
    • 14. Why Do They Want Photos?
      • Donors
      • To show progress on projects they are funding
      • “ Proof” of work
      • To put images with the text they read in reports
      • Other reasons?
    • 15. Why Do They Want Photos?
      • Media / Press
      • Government
      • To use in their publications
      • To use in reports, publications, web site, etc.
      • To demonstrate progress/action
    • 16. Tips for Field Trip Photos
      • Be respectful; ask for permission; notify the group that photos will be taken and how they will be used.
      • Take LOTS of photos. When in doubt (is this a good photo?), take the photo. Take several photos of the same scene, from the same angle and different angles.
      • Outside shots are best (because of light), but take pictures away from the sun, if possible.
      • When inside, get close to the subject, and try to aim away (instead of into) light sources.
      • Get FACES and ACTION when possible.
      • Get C O L O R when possible.
      • Show local people talking, teaching, learning, working, etc.
      • As much as local culture and circumstances allow, get photos of women.
      • It’s okay to arrange people for a photo (e.g. asking people to stand in a certain place).
      • Remember that photos will serve many needs (donors, government, internal use, etc.).
    • 17. Special Consideration for Indoor Workshops/ Indoor Ceremonies
      • Get CLOSE to the main subject(s), and try to aim away (instead of into) light sources.
      • Get FACES, with EXPRESSION if possible.
      • Ask signers of an agreement to pose together (stand close together with the agreement, have them shake hands and face the camera, etc.) after signing for a photos.
    • 18. Don’t wait for the perfect shot! Take lots of photos , and the “right” photo will show up when you review the pictures later.
    • 19. Photo Advice in Action Bored? Not participating? Not included? No expression. Participating. Thoughtful. Included.
    • 20. Photo Advice in Action Who? Too dark. No faces Participating. Thoughtful. Included. Better photo even though it is out-of-focus
    • 21. Labeling Is Key
      • Make sure your camera’s date is set correctly (so we know when the photo was taken; the date does not have to appear on the photo, however)
      • When you download photos onto your computer, put them in a folder with a very descriptive name (location and project name are key).
      • Adding a narrative in a MS Word document and putting it in your photo folder is GREATLY appreciated (for instance, noting why a photo is important if it won’t be obvious when others view the photo)
      • If there are donors/VIPs, etc. in the photo, please provide proper IDs
    • 22. Please Share!
      • Please share field and event photos with communications unit promptly!
      • Videos are welcomed too! (same rules apply: good light, faces, etc.)
      • We have a 300+ file of the very best photos and can burn these onto a CD for you!
      • Many of the best NABDP photos also available at www.flickr.com/photos/nabdp/
    • 23. Most Important Things to Keep in Mind: (1) Take lots of photos & (2) Share them with communications unit (Jayne, Gunda or Fariba) via a memory stick (never via email!) THANK YOU http://www.mrrd.gov.af/nabdp/

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