Our tips for collecting great photos


  • Our projects are not just about taking photos, you can access collections, and scan old photos that contributors may have of family albums and more!
  • Good quality images matter but so does quantity. Shoot in high quality jpeg if possible, photo and scan files should be no less than 1.5 megabytes each. If you have a high quality phone camera you can also use this. 
  • Make sure you bring fully charged batteries (spares if you have them), empty storage cards and cables. 
  • If you come across someone who seems interesting or keen to tell their story, try to do a short interview: Bring a pen and paper or use your phone to video them and transcribe after. Ask them these quick questions: What is your name? Where do you live? What do you want the future to be for you? 
  • Please frame your head shoulder faces as much as possible so to get a consistent series of photos all your shots. Do not photograph people from a distance. Each photograph in the mosaic will be quite small, so full face is better. 
  • The printable consent forms can be found at the end of this document. Please carry lots of copies of the consent forms. 
  • Try edit as you shoot: delete duds and repeats from camera to save time when uploading. It is important that you explain the project well to everyone. “We are creating a giant photo mosaic made up of thousands of photos” 
  • Always get their consent on the paper form provided. Where the Photography depicts persons under the age of 18 years ensure it is signed by either the child’s parent or guardian or that they have sought permission from the relevant parent(s) or guardian(s) to use this Photography.