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Photography

It’s hard to imagine Drop Inn without the photographs of our projects.

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Photo taken in Burkina Faso, January 2019 on iPhone.

# Guidelines for taking photos

  • If you plan to take photos for use on our publications, consider bringing a DSLR for quality and ease of transfer.
  • However, if professional equipment isn’t possible to bring with you, it is possible to get high quality photos on a smartphone:
    • Take photos and videos in landscape, unless you are shooting portraits specifically.
    • Take care in framing your photos and videos. See rule of thirds.
  • We recommend storing and sharing via Google Photos / Drive or DropBox using the highest resolution you have.
  • If you can, name the file in a way that describes the photo, eg. jane-meeting-sponsored-children-in-koudougou-jan-19.jpg
  • Don’t share the photos in Word or Pages documents (if you are writing a report). If you want us to use photos in a report, supply them separately (again via a sharing service like Google Photos / Drive or DropBox.

# Guidelines for using photos

If you are putting together a social media post, report or a leaflet and wish to use photos, please follow these guidelines:

  • Photos or videos should be those taken for Drop Inn
  • Avoid using photos from other sources. Never mislead your reader into thinking a photo is from one of our projects when it’s not.
  • If you are using stock or library photos – from unsplash or news organisations, credit the source or if it’s for illustration purposes, make that clear.
  • Avoid putting graphics on top of photos. If you feel you need to do this, consult the Drop Inn Media team.
  • If you are using logos from other organisations, take care in adhering to their guidelines.
  • Lastly, the photos you use should have an impact. But the order of preference in choosing photos for your publication is:
    1. Appropriate
    2. Original (photos from Drop Inn’s own projects)
    3. Professional