Pictures can be Landscape format (wider than tall) or Portrait (taller than wide). Either can be appropriate but try Portrait format first and also try and stick with a single format for each tour if at all possible.
Try to make sure that the pictures add value to the tour.. Maybe showing how something used to be, before it was altered or knocked down.
A trick for letting the viewer know that the picture is not current is to show it in black and white format. For very old pictures (pre 1900) use sepia (brown and cream) colour.
Types of Photographs
- Navigation Pictures – designed as route indicators and showing where to go
- Recognition Pictures – designed to let you know when you have arrived
- Information Pictures – Things you might otherwise miss or cant see close-up (i.e. Plaques set high up on walls or poorly lit), Areas with barriers or grills, (i.e. crypts, side chapels or alters)
Another type of Information picture is designed to be a taster that ‘sells’ the benefit of the effort required to get to another point of interest – possibly off the main tour route. However, a word of caution, be sure not to disappoint your listener.
Be sure that there is plenty of foreground in the shot into which you can paste direction arrows.
Try to include good recognisable landmarks i.e. not to ‘tight’ a shot.
Landmark features should be resistant to change (don’t expect painted surfaces to stay the same colour for all time or for vegetation not to grow and obscure views.
Sometimes an illustration is better than a photo, if for example, a tree prevents a long shot picture
Take care when selecting a shot to be used as a recognition picture. Features that will be obscured by tree foliage in summer or that rely upon the appearance of commercial premises that are likely to change make poor recognition pictures. Best to keep the picture simple and taken from a pedestrian viewpoint where the tourist has time to look around themselves safely.
If possible use photographs or illustrations prepared especially for the tour, if you choose to lift an information photograph or sketch from professional sources be sure to clear copyright before using it.
Some General pointsEdit
Cars get everywhere so plan your pictures when traffic is lightest and there are fewest parked cars.
If you need sunshine to show everything at its best then maybe an early summer morning is most suitable (even 5 in the morning!!)
Don't assume that you have to take all the pictures yourself. Look at library or stock shots. But be careful to observe copyright, which usually remains with the photographer, or get permission from the organisation who commissioned the picture.
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