Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Taking better pictures

The point of scrapbooking is to showcase your photos and put your memories in their best life. In order to do this, you need to make sure each photo you take is the best it can be.

With digital cameras you have the luxury of taking as many photos as you can, so go crazy! Use those memory cards up. It will give you more options and allow you to better capture your memories.

Some quick tips:

1. Use the rule of thirds.

Everyone has heard this, but what does it mean??

Basically, move your subject off to the side when you're looking through the viewfinder. Divide your picture into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. The main focus of your picture should be located at the points where the lines cross.

2. Frame your pictures.

This could have been just another boring ocean picture, but by allowing some natural vegetation to frame the photo, you focus the attention, and include a creative element in your photos before they even hit the scrapbook page.

3. Look at things from a different angle.

These were both taken on a sailing trip. Instead of the usual scenery pictures, a little bit of creativity captured the beauty of life on the water.

4. Take more vertical pictures.

People pictures should almost always be vertical. People naturally are taller than they are wide, so you can capture more of them with a vertical shot.

5. Use the light.

These photos both use light to accent the beauty of the moment.

The mountainscape is highlighted by the flare caused by the sun. It captures the juxtaposition between blue skies and snow-capped mountains.

The night shot of the Sydney bridge is lit up by the beautiful lights below. The reflection off the water adds colour and life to the photo.

The biggest tip is to just be creative and feel free to experiment with a few different techniques until you find the shot that captures the moment.

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