Thanks for being interested in helping with photography at New Hope Church. We are excited to work alongside you! Your photos will help us capture some of the awesome things that go on at New Hope Church on a weekly basis. Below you will find some guidelines and tips for having a succesful time taking photos at New Hope Church. At the bottom of this page is a link to a dropbox where you can upload your photos!
What to wear
Your Volunteer Badge
Our goal is to not distract anyone attending church while we take photos. A good photo is not worth distracting someone in worship, or taking someones attention away from the lesson. This means being quiet as you move in and out of rooms & the auditorium, wearing dark clothing to blend in to the background, and never standing in front of someone or blocking their view for extended periods of time.
no flash in auditorium
No flash in the auditorium! Using the flash can help you get a good photo - but is the most distracting thing you can use in a dark auditorium setting. We have a goal to not distract anyone from the Lesson or from Worship. Not using a flash brings a bit of a challenge in such a dark setting - but this can be overcome using a high ISO and lowering your shutter speed. By eliminating the use of flash you are allowing yourself to blend in with the service and not cause anyone to lose focus on the service. If you’d like to learn more about ISO & shutter speed balancing for low light photography give it a search on youtube as there are many great videos explaining how to overcome this low light challenge.
What makes a usable photo?
Photo composition is very important. Hiding the identity of the people in the photo makes a photo much more usable for New Hope Church not he website or social media. Often times taking the photo from behind can make the photo more usable. Below are some examples. This also allows us to place words over the image for use on social media a little easier without covering up someones face.
New Hope Church is an awesome place with many smiling faces and we love to capture those smiles. A few great places to do that are the entrances to each campus as our awesome Volunteers are greeting people as they enter, our cafe areas, and our lobbies! Often times people smile, shake hands, hug, high five and these interactions make great photos. Below are a few examples of good usable photos from these areas!
The main importance with teaching photos is to not distract people from the lesson & again NO FLASH! Flash is highly distracting to the speaker. To do this you will need a long lens able to shoot photos of the Pastor from the back of the room. Side shots are good as they allow for the addition of words on the left or right portion of the image without having to overlap the person. A few examples of this are included below!
For more examples of useable photos please visit our instagram @newhopechurchtv
Where to upload/send your photos
Prior to sending please go through and take out any photos that are blurry or that you think may not be usable. Is is very normal to only have a handful (maybe 10 or less) good photos after a weekend of taking photos at church. Sorting through and uploading only the good photos will help make the process of using them much quicker! This will help us to be able to quickly sort through the high number of photos taken during a weekend and make our selections to use in a timely manner.
If we don't use them right away we may be saving them for future use - but either way we want you to know that we are always thankful for your help in this area!
Upload your photos HERE or send them to CreativeCom@newhopechurch.tv if you are unable to use the link.
If you’re borrowing a camera from the church please return it after service is done. Please do not take the camera home.
Thanks for your help! You help make CHURCH happen!!!