Photo Tips

Four students are scuba diving.

You don't have to be a professional photographer to get good shots of your experiences on campus and abroad. These tips from professionals can help! 

  • Hand your camera to a friend: You're the star of your story. We want at least one photo with you in it! 
  • Take action: Photos showing you doing something – working in the lab, practicing the cello or visiting the corner tienda while studying abroad – are preferred over staged, static photos.
  • Format: Photos must be high-resolution, print-quality JPG or TIFF  files. Do not use Instagram filters.

Here are a few more tips if you're planning to study abroad:

  • Be polite: When photographing people, always make sure to get their permission first. When in a busy public place with many people, use your best judgment – always err on the side of caution and courtesy.
  • Take notes: At the end of each day, review the best photographs you’ve taken and compose a few short notes on each, detailing what the photo depicts, where it was taken, and any other relevant information you’d like to include in your captions.
  • Upgrade equipment (if you can): If you want to invest more time (and physical space) in your project, consider taking a DSLR camera. It shoots better in low light, takes much higher resolution photos, and functions well in high-contrast situations. If you choose this route, make sure to bring along the necessary equipment – several compact flash cards, a hard drive to back up your files (if feasible), chargers with adapters for international outlets, and enough batteries to last a full day without charging are all good investments.
  • Keep it clean: Don’t forget to bring a lens cleaner and lens cloth to keep your camera clean.
  • Snap a lot of shots: Even professional photographers take hundreds of photos to get that one perfect shot. Don’t be shy in snapping tons of images – you’ll have more fodder for your  blog post or report.