Guidelines for Personnel Photos
Best practices for taking photographs for use on the UAS website as well as social media
- Clean the lens of your smartphone.
- Ask for help; enlist a coworker, friend or family member to take the photo.
- Alternatively, use a tripod and the 10 second timer on your smartphone to take photos of yourself.
- Take multiple shots and choose your best shot.
Portrait Photography Tips
Watch out for distracting backgrounds
Get rid of unnecessary clutter or easily recognizable brands, e.g., garbage and wrappers, a messy tabletop, items from another university, etc. Recommended locations on the Juneau campus:
- Egan Library: bookshelves, wood carvings, etc. (watch out for excessive light from the windows)
- Egan Building: Ray Troll mural and salmon painting on stairs
- Mourant Courtyard: trees and bushes, totem poles, raven and whale statues
- Breeze-way between the Whitehead and Hendrickson offers a nice wood background
- Auke Lake
Keep it simple
One person against a simple background. Do not take a group portrait. Avoid “action photographs”; the photo will be cropped to include only the head and shoulders.
Use flattering lighting
If possible, use natural light. Turn the flash off when in well-lit areas. Watch for backlighting; sun or a window behind the subject will put their face in shadow.
The smart phone in your pocket can take a great photo. The Creative Agency has a phone tripod and ring light available to borrow upon request. Contact Katy Jordan to borrow.