Posted in Assistive Technology Hardware, ICT Support

Taking better photographs – thinking beyond ‘point & shoot’.

The ATS Service is very keen on the extension of the use of digital photography. We think that since it’s not text-based it offers inclusive opportunities in many areas of expression (including the curriculum) and that it deserves a higher profile both in terms of usage and in quality of execution. See Making more of Digital Cameras.

I found this link on the BBC website today and thought it looked really useful. It’s part of a programme series about architecture in Britain over the past 1000 years – couldn’t see much about Scotland in the synopsis so don’t know if I’ll follow it for its main thread. However, I thought this supporting page on how to take better photographs of buildings looked fantastic and might be useful to teachers and pupils – whether or not they take part in contributing pictures to the programme.

Click here to see Tom Ang’s top tips on how to get the most out of your digital camera. He looks at:

PEOPLE WITH BUILDINGS: Scale, Timing, Complementing, Providing context

BUILDINGS: Wide-angle, Symmetry, Clouds, Verticals, Colour of dark

LIGHT: Light source, Temperature, Flash, Time of day

LANDSCAPE: Composition, Framing, Zoom, Perpective, Proportions

COLOUR: Use of colour, Light, Contrasts, Black and white

COMPOSITION: Use of lines, Rule of thirds, Focus, Zoom

A selection of examplar photographs © TOM ANG:

Further advice from Tom Ang.


I'm a teacher who changed direction after a spell teaching visually impaired pupils. I became interested in how technology could assist learners overcome or deal with various disabilities. Since 1992 I've been an Education Support Officer, an ICT Training Support Officer, and have been Coordinator of Highland's Assistive Technology Support Service since 1995.

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