Every country has its own flag as a symbol of the nation and the common interest of the population. So our flag is something we share and respect. We need good pictures of flags in many circumstances. For printing, for celebrations, for …
Learn to take better pictures of flags by following these simple photo tips.
1. Show the flag in the environment
A flag isn’t just a sort of clip-art. The flag is living because of its surroundings. If we want to take impressive flag pictures we need to catch the flag in the environment. It can just be the blowing wind, or the blue sky with a few clouds behind. Or the flag shown as a central point for a gathering of people or enjoyment.
2. Let the wind blow
A flag hanging lazy down from a flagpole isn’t a real flag. The flag becomes alive when the wind is blowing. Take a lot of pictures of the flag in the wind with your digital camera. Each extra picture doesn’t cost you a cent, and we need to be quite patient to catch the right moment when the flag is at its most beautiful position, also related to the light.
3. Get the light behind the flag
If you can take the flag pictures with the light behind the flag so the light is shining through the cloth of the flag, the flag will look much more interesting in a kind of transparent mood.
4. Avoid distracting elements reaching into the frame of the flag
The flag in itself should stand out clearly from the background and from other elements in the picture. At least that will give the most impressive flag picture in most situations.
5. Let people show their appreciation of the flag in the picture
When possible compose flag pictures in such a way that people are interacting with or showing their appreciation of the flag.
6. Decide if the flag is the main object or an additional object in the picture
The symbolic nature of national flags means that an addition of a flag to any picture can add much more than just the small area of the picture it is occupying. Lets say you are taking pictures of a group of people in another country or a building. And just by including a small flag will signal where in the world you are taking the picture.
7. Make use of the colours’ of the flag
The best result for pictures isn’t when you include a lot of colors in the same picture. It is much better to mach colours’ to each other. If you can add an element of the same color of parts of the flag it will enhance the flag and create a more coherent picture.
8. Many similar flags can be very impressive.
Pictures with several or many flags of the same kind can be very impressive on pictures. Especially, if you follow some of the photo tips above.
Every time you go to a new country or meet a new flag you will benefit from taking an impressive picture of the flag. Exactly because of the symbolic nature of flags such pictures will serve you in many applications, like in photo shows, in PowerPoint presentation, and may be in celebrations.
In my country small country Denmark in Scandinavia we use our old red flag with the white cross not only as a national symbol, but in fact much more as a symbol of celebration and good mood and atmosphere. With every birthday – whatever it is children or up to the oldest people – the red and white flag will be raised and used to celebrate the person with the birthday. Are friends receiving their friends arriving in the airport they will bring small Danish flags to celebrate the arrival.
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