Photo Guidebook for Chapters

Vander Finotti, Membership Unit Intern


Remember to always take photos of the activities carried out by your Chapter.

In order for the International Office to be able to post/advertise the activities/actions of the Chapters, we ask you to share with us photos of your activities/projects. The photos must be saved in the folder of your Chapter in SharePoint; ask the staff of the International Office to send you the link to access your folder. To access the link, you will need to be logged in to the official account of your Chapter (the one with The photos can be original or with image processing; however, we ask that you upload them without watermarks or personalized borders. 

For good pictures, you do not need a professional camera. These are some tips that can help you take good pictures with a cell phone, for example. Here are some tips for good photographs: 

  1. Keep an eye on lighting: if possible, schedule activities thinking about exposure to sunlight. Natural light is your main ally for good photographs. Use the flash only when it is extremely necessary.  
  2. Pay attention to the composition of the image (show your event/action from different perspectives): knowing that natural light is one of your main allies, thinking about how it helps in the composition of your photo is essential. Observe the position of what is photographed and its position in relation to light (photos against light tend to burst). Play with the composition of the background of the photo. Photos that have the Partners and/or Chapter logo in the background look good. Try to think outside the box when composing the photo; try playing with the sky, negative space, or unexpected angles. 
  3. Spontaneous/Candid photos: Remember to always photograph spontaneous/candid moments (volunteers/members working). Photos with members participants posing are good, but it is also interesting to photograph the moment when everyone is in action. 
  4. Avoid zoomed photos: Whenever possible, get close to the object to be photographed. Zoomed photos tend to lose quality. 
  5. Avoid selfies: Selfies are cool, but make sure this is not the only photographic style your Chapter has.
  6. Avoid embarrassing compositions: know when it is or is not an appropriate time to be photographed. Avoid photos of participants during coffee breaks/eating. The ideal thing to do at these times is to set aside a place for those interested to go and take pictures, without showing people eating in the background.  

Here are some examples of good photos:

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