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Top Ten Tips for photographing gravestones
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Top Ten 10 Tombstone Photography Tips

A great photo has the power to illicit deep emotions. A great grave stone photograph has the power to turn on the tear faucet and melt the heart. You could got to a cemetery and snap a few photos for yourself or for a service like BillionGraves or FindAGrave without much thought or preparation. And […]

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Tombstone Tuesday Tip: Make it Tidy

With lovely weather, we can head out to the cemetery and photograph stones for our own research or as a service to those desperate for the images but live too far away to do it themselves. As we photograph the stones, let’s spend a few extra minutes caring for the stones before we snap a […]

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Photographing Unevenly Lit on Stones

Have you ever had a photo from a cemetery that looks like this? Photo by Devon Lee Louise Gramlich Green Lawn Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial #75114324 It’s a mixture of shadows and bright lights falling unevenly on your stone. Why? Because the stone is situated under a tree and I visited the cemetery in […]

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Transcribe Gravestones On Site In Cemeteries

For some of us, Spring is here! And for some of you, you’re ready to go to their nearby cemetery and snap photos for FindAGrave or BillionGraves. There is one very important tip to remember. Transcribe the stone on the spot! Photo by Devon Lee Ellen S Hemler Green Lawn Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial […]

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How to Photograph Gravestones When Flowers Get in the Way

I’m enjoying my journey into gravestone photography for genealogical documentary purposes. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Yes, I like taking cemetery photos and sharing them with family history researchers. I do my best to respect the ‘rules’ of cemetery photography. To not do further damage to a stone. To walk softly and clean off bird poop […]

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Keeping Gravestone Photos Level

Try as you might, sometimes working conditions make it difficult to keep a monument from looking lop-sided when you review your photos. Perhaps I should have zoomed out or moved back to capture the entire stone. Perhaps I could have adjusted the tripod legs on my camera or tilted the camera mount to compensate. However, […]

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Tombstone Tuesday: Trouble with Bushes

I had a hard time with the stones for Catherine Williams (1835 – 1912) and Thomas L William (1835 – 1911). They are buried in Section 46 of Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. The trouble is there is a very large bush that was planted (or grew) between their stones. So much so, that now […]

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What I did to take myself out of a grave marker

When I was taking photos of gravestones, I took a lot of photos. I didn’t have a great system for checking the photos on my camera while at a cemetery. (Okay, so I was a bit lazy). When I sat down with my computer to review some photos, I found myself in the monument. Now […]

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Remember to Move the Grass When Photographing Cemeteries

Hugh C Dorr St. Joseph Cemetery Lockbourne, Ohio I understand that any photo is better than no picture of a gravestone. However, with a little effort and planning, you can have a great photo rather than ‘just a photo’ of a gravestone. I took this photo while in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lockbourne, Ohio. […]

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Check Your Gravestone Photos Before You Leave the Cemetery

My shadow while volunteering in the Green Lawn Cemetery Do I really need to say any more? Had I taken the time to check my camera before leaving this section, I wouldn’t have to request someone else to take a better photo of Effie V Baumgartner on my behalf. Why didn’t I? Well, the sun […]

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