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While creating layouts it's really important to include good scrapbook photography. If you're like me, you're probably not a professional photographer, but here are some scrapbooking tips you can use to turn an okay photo into one that will draw a lot of attention!
These are my six secrets to getting the most from your scrapbooking photography.
Before you begin your next scrapbook, take time to organize your photos. Chances are you have lots of photos and several duplicates, be it from your past travel scrapbook photo collection or from a family gathering, you need to get them sorted out first.
A good idea is to purchase photo boxes to house your photos. These boxes will protect your photos from the sunlight, dust and tiny bugs. Using whatever sorting system that works well for you begin separating your photos accordingly.
I generally like to sort by categories. Such as holidays, vacations, siblings or separate photos according to the year the photos were taken. By keeping your photos organized, you'll easily be able to find the photos you're looking for when you're ready to scrapbook (leaving you more time to actually get the "fun" stuff done!)
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One key secret in regards to scrapbook photography is to make a list of what you want to take pictures of. It does require a bit of forward planning, but it makes scrapping so much easier!The list can then be a quick reference tool whenever you take photos. Here are some list ideas:
♥ Seasonal lists. What do you hope to capture from each season? Is it your daughter making snow angels in the freshly fallen snow? Your grandmother watering her flowers in the garden that she's had for the past three decades? Your boys enjoying a squirt gun fight? A leaf dancing in the wind? Jot down whatever ideas come to mind and refer to your list from time to time. Then once you know what you want to capture on film you can even stage mini "photo shoots".
♥ Holiday lists. In addition to the typical photos, what are some unique shots you can take?
♥ Vacations. Although you'll be taking lots of photos as it is, what can you include that will benefit your scrapbook? If you're going to visit several destinations, perhaps taking photos of the town signs might be a fun thing to include.
♥ Milestones. Special occasions such as graduation, obtaining a driver's license, getting engaged or having a baby are all events that you'll want plenty of photos of. Make a brief list of what you hope to include for each special occasion.
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Next time you're thinking about what photos to use, think beyond the regular colour spectrum. For example, consider using black and white photos for a pronounced effect or sepia photos for a nostalgic look.
There's two ways that you can change the effect (look of a photo).
If you play around with things like exposure time and other settings on your camera you can create some really cool effects such as time lapse or sepia coloured photos. If you've got a high level camera ($500 +) you can even do some amazing macro photography (which involves using the zoom lens).
Generally the rule of thumb is, the cheaper the camera, the less you'll be able to do. So if you've got a camera that's only a few hundred dollars, then to give your photos some amazing effects, the next option will work best for you.