Aloha!! It's Hannah here with you today and we are going to be talking a bit about photo taking. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you are anything like me, when you have amazing pictures I am even more inspired to scrap our memories. When my pictures are too dark or blurry I found it hard to feel the mojo to bring together a good layout that helps tell the story behind the photo.
Now sometimes I know we only have one or two photos from an event or a certain time in our lives. But I though I would give a few good tips I use even before I take that shot to capture those memories that are happening right in front of me.
I am also going to show you a layout I made with a cool photo I took a couple of years ago. I am using both the main and the traveler's notebook Rhapsody Kits combined to make this layout.
As a scrapbooker our picture is a big part of this story we tell, whether it is something that happened yesterday or ten years ago. We may not be able to change our past photos much, we can change the way we approach the next photo we are taking.
My first tip is to be intentional when you take your photo. This means you really need to get to know your camera, whether you are using a phone camera, a point and shot or a really expensive DSLR. This means you need to take lots of photos. Don't think you need to keep these photos though. Just by taking random photos around your house, your yard, your neighborhood, your life you will get to know your camera and what it does in different situations. This means taking shots in the rain, trying to see how it does with those big rain drops. This means taking pictures in the sun shine when your kids are playing in the grass or at the playground. The more you use your camera you can start to predict what your pictures will look like in different situations.
This will help you the next time you take a photo. You will know if you want to capture a certain shot you need to this_____ and it will look better and more like what you really see.
The best thing I have done was taking a photo class. Not one where you just learn how to use that huge DSLR, but one that helps you learn the perspectives you can take in. You can find many classes like this over the internet. I really recommend looking into something that can help test your eye for taking pictures. This will really help you capture images that are appealing.
For this layout I am sharing today, I used my DSLR. Now you don't need an expensive camera to get good quality pictures. But if you do have a really nice camera, I really urge you to pull it out a bit more and try to capture those moments in your life with it. The more you use it the more comfortable you will get with it.
In my layout I layered lots of patterned papers from the main kit and lots of ephemera from the Vicki Boutin packs and the Cocoa Vanilla Studios die cut pack. I even layered the vellum speciality paper up at the top and bottom with pieces of the cut apart patterned paper. I love the way these papers draw your eye to my 5x7 photo.
Because my layers were busy I floated leaves from both Vicki Boutin and Cocoa Vanilla Studios about and below the photo. I felt like they kinda looked like sea weed and had that beauty feel.
I really wanted my pieces to have that feel you get when you look at the photo. This photo is really playful. Let me point out here that this is not the perfect photo. My daughter's foot is a bit distorted because she is kicking the water and the waves are crashing over her feet as she is kicking. I used all this movement to my advantage though. I focused on the sand grains under her feet and that is the part that is really clear.
This brings me to my next tip, don't be afraid to play with perspectives. When I am taking pictures of things I crouch down, get down to the level of what it is I am capturing. I let the object or person do what they are doing and adjust to that. If that means laying on the ground to get just that right shot. Now I know not every time you can do this, but the more you practice moving to gain the perspective you want to get the better you will get the shots you really want to get. When my kids and dog are running and playing ball, I adjust my camera so it takes a quick shot and I have the run towards me. I get right in their line so I can get that smile or grit of their teeth as they run. I of course need to be aware of what they are doing so I can move out of the way too. I find capturing things especially kids, and animals look better when you let them do their thing and you find the angle that is going to best show that.
For this layout I added minimal words for the journaling because I really wanted the picture to do the talking. I love how when I look at this picture it really reminds me, of getting my feet wet in the ocean. I can still feel the big sandy grains rubbing between my toes. I still feel the undertow pull against my feet as it heads back into the ocean trying to pull me with it.
I think if I didn't focus on the bottom of the ocean floor and the sand under my daughter's feet I don't know if I would get that feeling when looking at it.
I might capture a whole new feeling, that of joy as she smiled trying to kick the water back out to sea. I might capture the feeling of contentment of knowing there is nothing better to do than feel of the sun smoking into our skin and the coolness of the water sprinkles as the waves splashes against her legs. There are lots of perspectives and you as the camera holder get to pick those emotions you can capture when you choose the ones you want to highlight.
I loved playing around with a mixed font title. I love the shine of the gold, and the coolness that the purple gives off at the end of the title. These things that are very little choices really help carry through the feeling and emotions I want to share and work along with my photo.
My last tip when it comes to getting good photos you want to use, is to know when to put away your camera and live in the moment. When I am taking photos at an outing or of my kiddos playing, I have my camera ready at the beginning. I set all my settings before or at the beginning. I take some shots then I put down my camera and be in the moment. As much as I want that perfect shot, sometimes it doesn't happen and seeing the smiles, and hearing the giggles of real life really doesn't get any better.
So if my photos end up not being exactly what I want I use black and white. This helps when your picture is a bit pixelated from low light. It also helps when there are lots of crazy colors. I have saved lots of pictures from inside my house because our peachy walls make evening photos so yellow. Also know the power of the lighten tool. Many photos look better when you play around with the white and dark sliders. These simple editing tools can help save a photo you think is not useable.
I hope I have inspired you to play and learn how to use your photos to help tell the stories of your lives. Tell the stories you want to remember for a lifetime.
Here is a final look at my layout for today. with some layers and a few bold dies cuts I really love how my photo is enhanced. This Rhapsody kit was perfect for this summery memory. Use my code Hannah10 and you can get 10% off any of the add ons you add to your kits!!
Until next time Stay inspired and take some amazing photos that capture your life!!