Top Ten Tombstone Photography Tips

Ten Quick tips to improve your gravestone photographs

A great photo has the power to elicit deep emotions. A great tombstone photograph has the power to turn on the tear faucet and melt the heart.

You could get to a cemetery and snap a few photos for yourself or for a service like BillionGraves or FindAGrave without much thought or preparation. And your efforts would be appreciated. But it only takes a few moments to go from a photo like this:

Thomas and Emma Billman Gravestone
Photo taken by Devon Noel Lee

To a photo like this:

Benny and Constantina Susi Gravemarker
Photo was taken by Devon Noel Lee

Here are 10 tips to help you take a photo more in line with the latter than the former.

  1. Make It Tidy
  2. Clean Off the Bird Droppings
  3. Educate Yourself on Gravestone Photography
  4. Solve Uneven Shadows
  5. Learn How to Deal with Decorations
  6. Take Yourself Out of the Photo
  7. Check Your Photos Before You Leave
  8. Transcribe On-Site
  9. Learn the Power of Cropping
  10. Determine if You Should Post a Second Photo

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Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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