Four Photos You Can Take at Work and Three Tips for Getting Them Right

According to a new study by the American Cancer Society, people who spend more time sitting during their day have an increased risk of untimely death, regardless of daily exercise.

Prolonged sitting restricts the blood flow to your heart, they say.  It also increases your resting blood pressure and cholesterol levels and suppresses your immune system which may increase your risk of cancer and other diseases.

I’m a big fan of regular exercise.  But this study actually states that regular exercise doesn’t matter if you spend six or more hours a day in a chair.  And, the risk is more pronounced in women. Females who sit for more than six hours a day, according to the study, were 40% more likely to die before those who sat less than three hours a day.

So, in addition to the regular photography and travel writing tips we publish here in this newsletter, this week I’d like to offer you a challenge I hope you can stand up to (pun intended)…

Grab your camera and take it to work with you.  If you work from home, dig it out of your camera bag and put it on your desk.  If you work in an office, put it beside your briefcase tomorrow and take it with you in the morning.

Then, before you start your day, stand (don’t sit) and photograph the things around you – the pens on your desk, your empty coffee cup, your full coffee cup… your colleagues (if they give you permission).

[Ed. Note: In general, you DON’T have to ask permission to photograph people in public places. But many workplaces are privately owned, which means the rules are controlled by the owner. To avoid asking your boss for permission to photograph indoors, consider photographing your co-workers outside, in a public place like on the sidewalk or in a nearby park.]

I’ll include some photos below to offer inspiration, along with a few tips to keep in mind when shooting.

Bringing your camera to work might not get you out of sitting at your desk for the rest of the day.  But it’s a start.  And it’ll certainly give you something to do on the weekend so you’re not sitting on the couch then, too.

Scroll down for examples of things you can photograph in and around your workplace along with tips for getting better shots…

Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

The Right Way to Travel
August 18, 2010


Taking better pictures can be as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1) Get in close.  More often than not, amateur photographers can improve their photographs by simply getting closer to the subject and eliminating background distractions.

2) Vary your position.  If you find something worth taking a picture of… take four or six. Take a vertical, a horizontal, move to the right, to the left, get up high, and kneel down low.  Now that everything’s digital, we don’t have to worry about wasting film.  And the more pictures you take, the more you’ll learn about how your camera works and what makes a good photograph.

3) Put people in your photos. The human element arouses our curiosity about who the people are and what they're doing.

At work this week, try taking photos of:

1. People standing outside your office building (though be cautious not to scare or offend anyone):

Photographing at Work

2. Items on your desk…


3. Your colleagues (again, with their permission… remember, you’re not in a public place when you’re at work, so getting permission to take someone’s photograph is a must)…

4. Office paraphernalia…

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