Pics in the Parks
You will learn techniques for taking impressive photographs of Boston’s scenic parks. We'll also give you a theme to focus on each Tuesday. Select photos will be chosen for an exhibit online in our digital Pics in the Parks art gallery.
All weekly challenges
Challenge 1: Angles
Don’t just stand there to point and shoot. Physically change your position to get a better photograph.
Challenge 2: Framing
Take pictures so the subject is framed by an element in your environment.
Challenge 3: Color
Fill your viewfinder with only one color. Try to examine objects closely and find details in simple objects,
Challenge 4: Texture
Take pictures so viewers can “feel the texture.” Focus on small details like cracks, bumps, lines, and curves.
Challenge 5: Background
Make sure the subject of your photo has a background that enhances the subject and doesn’t distract the viewer.
Challenge 6: Focus
Use focus in a way that draws attention to the subject of your photograph.
Challenge 7: Reflection
Capture people, birds, or objects reflected in a body of water.
Challenge 8: Light and shadows
Photograph the way light and shadows play on an object — not necessarily the object itself.
Challenge 9: Repetition
Find an object or a shape that repeats itself. It could be in nature or in structures, or in architecture.
Challenge 10: Filters
Smartphones and photo applications have many different options to filter the photos you take.
Challenge 11: Motion
Crisp photos can capture something in motion frozen in time
Challenge 12: Leading lines
Find natural lines in the landscape that will draw your attention to the subject you are taking a photo of.
Pics in the Parks intro and tips
Credit: Parks and Recreation
- 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?
- Answer these questions as you lift your camera to your eye and look again.
- 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.
- Turn off flash. In outdoor photography, use natural light. Flash may wash out your picture, removing details like texture and add unwanted shadows. Only use flash to fill your foreground with light or in low-light settings.
- 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 Steve.Kruszkowski@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.