Have you ever had a photo from a cemetery that looks like this?
|Photo by Devon Lee
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 less than ideal photography conditions. Most genealogists face this exact scenario.
There’s a simple fix where you can capture a nice picture.
First, plan ahead. Expect to encounter less than ideal situations. Have a piece of white foam board, readily available at most craft stores very inexpensively. Purchase a board that is at least 3 feet long by 2 feet wide. Then take this to the cemetery.
Second slow down before you press the camera shutter release button on your dSLR or your smart phone. Look at the way light is falling upon the stone you are attempting to photograph. If it looks mottled, like the photo above, you need to have a way to block out the sun so that an even light surrounds the stone.
Then, simply hold the foam board above the stone so as to block out the sunlight. When you have the board’s rectangular shadow completely falling on the stone, you’re ready to take the picture.
Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom. You solve the troublesome trees casting spotty shadows on your stone.
Try it and let me know how it works for you on your next cemetery photography session.