Pics in the Parks
You will learn techniques for taking impressive photographs of Boston’s scenic parks. We'll also give you challenges and a theme to focus on periodically. Select photos will be chosen for an exhibit online in our digital Pics in the Parks art gallery.
Fall Weekly Challenges
- Look closely and think about what attracts you without your camera before you look through your camera. Never “point and shoot.”
- Think about why you want to capture something. Which elements do you like best? Which ones do you want to remember or share?
- Adjust your perspective if necessary. You might need to kneel on the ground, move three steps to the left, stand on a bench, or do something else.
- Check for distracting elements and adjust again to avoid them. Outdoor distractions include vehicles, trashcans, and street signs. Indoor distractions include light switches, fire extinguishers, and clutter.
- Pay attention to the weather. In outdoor photography, you need to pay attention to what is going on outside. Precipitation, temperature, cloud cover, or sunlight. These all will play a role in the photos you take.
- Try something new! Don’t play it safe, especially if you have a digital camera. If it doesn’t work this time, maybe it will work next time. Every time you pick up a camera is a new opportunity to see differently.
- Don't forget to let us know what park you took your photograph in.
- Submit your photos to Parks@Boston.Gov for a chance to be featured in our Pics in the Parks photo gallery.
- All photos submitted may be used for Boston Parks and Recreation Department promotional materials.