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Pics in the Parks

We welcome all ages and skill levels. Use your cameras and smartphones to take part in our informal sessions and challenges each week over the summer.

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.

Have questions? Contact:

Parks and Recreation
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Pics in the Parks updates

Weekly challenges

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Pics in the Parks: Challenge 4 - Texture

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Pics in the Parks: Challenge 3 - Color

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Pics in the Parks challenge now online

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Pics in the Parks: Challenge 2 - Framing

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Pics in the Parks intro and tips
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Photo Tips

  1. Look closely and think about what attracts you without your camera before you look through your camera. Never “point and shoot.”
  2. Think about why you want to capture something. Which elements do you like best? Which ones do you want to remember or share?
  3. Answer these questions as you lift your camera to your eye and look again.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
Please note:
  • 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.

Photo Gallery

View a gallery of our favorites from each week's challenge.

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