The County Media Team have prepared a series of top tips for generating content for Scouting stories of everyday adventure. The first is all about photography

1: Smiling – can you see smiling Scout faces and not the backs or tops of heads?

2: Activities & Outdoors – show the Adventure; outdoor background if possible; small groups taking part in activities.

3: On Brand – does your photo REALLY show modern Scouting at its best? Neckers, Young People, up-to-date logos etc?

4: Story – what’s going on; make the photo tell the story. Avoid ‘grip and grin’ and lined-up group shots if at all possible.

5: Appropriate – watch for inappropriate content e.g. low cut girls’ tops, swim suits, and pay special attention to the background.

6: Posing – If you are staging or posing the shot try to make it fun! Think about local paper type images – cheesy can work very well!

7: Plan – covering an event or presentation properly needs planning; when and where things will happen; the best location / background / activity for shots. Remember to try the rule of thirds.

8: Props – a few simple props can make Young People feel less shy about being in front of the camera; get them doing something or holding something.

9: Plenty – take plenty of photo’s! Digital cameras give you the opportunity to take lots of shots throughout your event, increasing the chances of getting a good one.

10: Scale – Largescale events are quite difficult to represent well; think carefully about what you see on the image. – If you are staging or posing the shot try to make it fun! Think about local paper type images – cheesy can work very well!