Weekly Warm-Up: Tips for Shooting Dramatic Photos

Hi there! I am excited to be contributing here on the CK blog today! As you may know, photography is my other passion (in addition to scrapbooking) so today I am sharing some photography tips with you!

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut with the photos that you scrapbook? I know I have and it is easy to get in a habit of taking photographs that all start to look the same. I have even printed a bunch of photos before from an event and felt super disappointed when I received them because I didn’t have much variety to work with. Even though the subject’s facial expression was different in each photo, my perspective didn’t change, so at first glance they all looked like the same photo.

As a solution to this problem I challenge you to think about two important compositional rules: perspective and angles. Simply put, you (as the photographer) will physically move around and literally change your perspective and/or your angle as you are taking pictures. You can get down low so you are on the same level as your subject. Then get up high by standing on a chair or a table so you can get a bird’s eye view. Next move to the left and then to the right so you can capture even more angles of what is going on in front of you. Also remember to zoom in and out so you can get a good feel for the whole picture as well as the details.


As you can see from my example, this will help you tell a much more dynamic and interesting story with your photographs, which will in turn make your scrapbook pages come to life in a whole new way! You won’t be disappointed!

Maggie Holmes, dream team member

As a bonus to Maggie’s blog post today she is hosting a giveaway exclusively for our CK readers! She is a professional photographer and branched into teaching online photography courses a couple years ago. Her highly sought after classes fill up quickly and have received rave reviews!

She is giving away a spot in her upcoming Beginner/Intermediate photography course which runs from October 3 – November 12, 2011 and is valued at $250.00! The workshop is a 6 week online course that covers the basics of photography, including exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and shooting in manual mode. Much of the workshop is also focused on creativity, style, composition and lighting. To learn more about the course, visit her site.

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227 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Tips for Shooting Dramatic Photos

  1. Elaine says:

    Would so love to win this, I need help with my pictures and to be able to go past a point and shoot camera, would be fabulous

  2. Sheri F says:

    I’ve been wanting to take the class forever! Thanks for a chance to win:)

  3. Tami says:

    PLEASE PICK ME>>>> You are my inspiration! Luv Maggie’s creativity! She ROCKS!

  4. Diana Waite says:

    wow this would be so fabulous to win! thanks for the opportunity!!

  5. Marlana Carter says:

    Since I was a young girl i’ve been interesed in Photography and just never told anyone. Now as a 49 year old adult i’ve found the desire is there. I’ve looked online for classes locally but I would rather not be in a public group and found your contest and thought, this would be great for me and thought why not give it go. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed in hopes of winning the chance to take your workshop. I am also an advid scrapbooker and always end up using others pictures for my pages because mine are just not that good.

  6. Katie Hill says:

    I’ve been wanting to take one of Maggie’s classes for a while! This would be awesome to win :)

  7. How I would love to win this course! I love the work of Maggie!

  8. Ana F. says:

    I love Maggie! The class would go great with my new camera.

  9. WOW!! What an AWESOME giveaway!! THANKS MAGGIE!!
    I’d LOVE to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  10. tonia grant says:

    Awesome class!

  11. Alaina B. says:

    What a wonderful gift this would be! I’ve been recently looking to get back into my passion and find something for me. I love photography and capturing the special moments in life and would love the opportunity to learn how to do that better. I recently bought a new DSLR and would love to know how to make good use of it!

  12. Denice M. says:

    I love, love, love all of your photos. Would love to be able to take this class. Desperate to get out of auto mode!

  13. Sue M. says:

    I have always admired your photos. Thanks for a great article!

  14. Barbara Sieving says:

    What a great giveaway. I love taking pictures. I would love the chance to get better at it. Thank you for passing on your knowledge.

  15. Karen H says:

    What an awesome giveaway – I’d love to be in this class!

  16. cindy matthews says:

    sounds like a great class! would love to win! cmm

  17. Mary Ann says:

    Oh I would LOVE to be part of this class! Scrapbooking and taking photos is such a big part of my life, but I would love to know how to take *really good* photos. Maggie, your pics are always so beautiful and inspiring, I’d love to learn just a bit of your magic.

  18. Anabelle says:

    Great tips, Maggie! Thanks for shring them. I’d love to win a spot in the class. Learning how to be a better photographer is definitely on my ‘to do’ list. :)

  19. Melinda says:

    Love’d checking out your blog for the 1st time. It definitely won’t be the last…I’m feeling inspired!!! Thanks for giving away a spot in your class.

  20. Dawn says:

    I would LOVE to WIN!! Thanks for the chance. I love your style!!!

  21. Kelly H says:

    Amazing giveaway! I loved the idea of different angles. I have been trying to take different photos to capture better photos. I’ll try these tips as well.

  22. jami h says:

    Would love to learn more about photography. I have always enjoyed Maggie’s layouts–her style and creativity along with her stunning photos are amazing!!

  23. Jordan Hebl says:

    I am a teenage photographer and scrapbooker and I’ve always followed Maggie’s blog. I would love to take this class to learn her tips and tricks and help me on my journey to becoming a professional photographer.

  24. MichelleP. says:

    So excited to see this giveaway! I am a huge fan of her photography and her scrapbook style. This would be totally awesome to win!

  25. Sue Salazar says:

    Not sure if I’m too late to enter for this amazing give-away but I’d love to win one of Maggie’s classes. I visit her site often and am just amazed at the wonderful photos! I have two granddaughters (6 and 2 months) and have another due today(!) so I plan to be taking lots of photos to scrapbook.

  26. Ally V. says:

    I would love the chance to win one of Maggie’s classes! I’m not sure if the giveaway is over, but I didn’t see a deadline so I thought I’d try, lol! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  27. Andrea M says:

    The class looks fantastic. I would love the opportunity to better my photography because quite frankly I have a lot to learn.

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