Camera Tips and Resources for Getting Great FindAGrave Photos

The flip-out screen of the Canon PowerShot SX50 enables volunteers to get great images at the correct angle without getting down on their knees – making many very happy.

By Ron West, Edited by Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

With so many options available, which camera is the best for use with FindAGrave?


By far the most important item for your “toolbox” or “graving kit” is a camera. For the best results, use a camera specifically designed for the purpose of taking quality photographs. And, to save wear and tear on backs and knee, preferably a camera with a flip out screen similar to a Nikon Coolpix P610 or Cannon PowerShot SX50. The flip out screen enables the user to get the camera low and in front of the subject headstone without kneeling or sitting on the ground.


The cameras on newer cell phones have come a long way and many do take acceptable photos IF you know how to use them. Cell phone cameras have never been designed for serious photography. If you are serious enough about fulfilling a photo request or photo documenting a cemetery, please try to be serious about the photos you take and post. In a pinch though, a cell phone camera can still do a fine job if you remember the tips mentioned in the article, How To Get Great Photos For FindAGrave .

As A.J. Marik, Curator of Archives and Senior Administrator once said, “We here at FindAGrave prefer great photos, but even a bad photo is better than nothing – it proves the grave was there.”

Everyone understands that FindAGravers are all volunteers and many of us make do with what we have but if you are upgrading your cell phone or getting a new camera, that is the perfect time to consider making changes that will improve the quality and ease of getting photographs for the loved ones and other visitors to the FindAGrave website.

Below are a few resources to provide further information about cell phone and camera options as well as tips for getting the best images. (Hover over links for more information)


12 Tips for Improving Camera Phone Photos

iPhone Photography Tutorial

10 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone

5 Tips for Better Photos From Your Cell Phone’s Camera

How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

Ten tips for taking better photos with your cell phone!

Take Better Photos With Your Android Phone

Want better cell phone pictures? Use ISO settings!


10 Great iPhone Camera Apps

Top 16 Photo Editor Apps for Android

Windows Phone Apps

5 Essential Photo Apps for Your Phone

10 best iPhone camera and photo editing apps

Top Photography Apps for the Camera Pro in all of Us

Best free photo apps for shooting and editing on Android

6 Killer Apps for Mobile Photo Editing

The 12 best Android camera apps around


Best Smartphone Camera 2015

Best camera phone: 6 handsets tested

How to buy a new phone: The CNET smartphone buying guide

As always, if you have other ideas or helpful resources, please do not hesitate to contact us here at FoodForWorms .

Photo Courtesy of: Courtesy of Canon USA Public Relations Under Flicker/CC License.


About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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