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.