Weekly Warm-Up: Back To The Scrapbooking Basics

So, probably by the time you are reading this, everybody has returned to school, back to the routine, and ready to learn. But, I have noticed that these first couple of weeks have  been about going back to the basics and brushing up on what the kids already know.

I thought about this, and my own paperlife, and realized, those teachers are smart, they are on to something.

So, back to the basics.

And no where is this more true than in your photography. Your photos, journaling, and design principles are the heart and soul basics of scrapbooking, so lets look at one of those, photography, and brush up on some basics.

1. You canʼt get “to close” when it comes to photography. The faces should fill the screen in most cases, for a fabulous shot. Rule of thumb when you think you have your shot set always take one step closer in to the subject before pressing the button.

2. You canʼt get “to close” to each other either when it comes to photography. I know, it feels weird, you know the whole personal space issues but, when taking a shot of more that one the closer you can get the subjects together the more you will love the end result.

3. Save the “Cheese” for your macaroni. Seriously. My favorite shots, and the one that always draw me in are the candid, journalistic, real moments captured. I always try to get a safe “cheese” shot occasionally, but all the real life moments are what I really want captured.

4. The Golden hour. This is the best natural lighting tip. If you want beautifully lit, rich photos, you need to be out and shooting the hour after dawn and the hour before sunset. You cannot recreate this glory in a studio no matter who you are or how much you have to spend. It is the perfect lighting.

5. Get sassy and creative. Especially this fall, in the golden hours. It is the prime time of year to photograph. In this photo I used one of my favorite funky tricks, the lense flare. I just adds so much interest and sophistication to your shot. And the golden hour before sunset is the prime moment to get it. It is really fairly easy with a little practice. When the sun is low in the horizon, have your subject stand between you and it. Align the subject so the sun is blocked but peaking out somewhere behind them. Focus tight in on your subjects face to get the correct exposure and then recompose the shot so the sun in peaking again. With a little practice, BAM! you get a money shot like above.

I hope these help. Go back to photography school and brush up this fall, just like the kiddos are. Your Paperlife will thank you!

Be sure to visit us at www.thepaperlife.com for all your hybrid scrapbooking needs or join me on my blog www.thepaperlife.typepad.com for more adventures and tips like these for your paperlife.

Happy Fall.

Amy Coon

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5 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Back To The Scrapbooking Basics

  1. Katie says:

    awesome tips! and I love the look of lens flares too, they are so beautiful!

  2. Erin says:

    Thanks, Amy! I’ve been thinking about ‘the basics’ for a bit now, and this article just made me smile :)

  3. Kathryn says:

    Thanks for the great reminders. I always forget that the evening sun is the best.

    Two things, though, although I don’t wish to be an editor, but thought you might want to edit. It’s “too close”, not “to close” unless I am missing something sylistic. And, not everyone has indeed gone back to school. The northeast doesn’t start, for the most part, until after Labor Day. My kids have more than two weeks to go, thank goodness.

  4. Keepsakes says:

    Hey Amy! Your name is the same as my sister’s. :) Btw, those tips are really helpful. I would apply them the next time I make a scrapbook for keepsakes. :)

  5. Not all moments have a smiling face! I totally agree with you real life moments should be captured. Thanks for the lighting tip! Great suggestions!

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