More than a click and a snap: Photography tips from TED’s Senior Photo Editor

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Do you put a lot of time into taking a great picture? Or do you tend to leave the heavy lifting to the automatic settings on your smartphone or digital camera? As TED-Ed Club Members around the world are busy snapping shots to document their experience, TED-Ed invited Senior Photo Editor Dian Lofton to host a workshop where she could share some tips and tricks to take your photos from average to awesome.

The workshop was attended by a group of TED-Ed Club Members and Facilitators who spanned the globe from India to Georgia, representing a variety of schools, subjects and age levels. The participants each shared a little about their schools and classrooms. They were all eager to hear more about how they could better incorporate photography skills into their TED-Ed Clubs.

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Dian provided thoughtful and handy tips on how to understand the photo-taking process. She began by dividing the process into three smaller stages (pre-production, production and post-production). She detailed each of these three stages, sharing advice she’s learned along the way. These “picture-perfect” hints and tricks are even translatable for our TED-Ed Clubs as they prepare to film their final presentations.

Check out the full workshop here:

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  1. dehydys

    Could it be possible to get the transcripts of these presentation?
    There is an echo and the speaker is really hard to understand.

    Thank you,

  2. Yann

    Could it be possible to get a transcript of the discussion. The sound is unfortunately not audible.

  3. Jim Bowman

    I agree with three top comments about the sound. Seems to me the bass is to strong. Can only catch a word or two now and then. A young lady just broke in and asked if anyone had a question. She was very clear as her voice was in the tremble not the bass voice by the lady. So bad you stop listening.

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