If you're at all like me, scrapbooking has challenged you to become a better photographer in some way. While there was never anything too terribly wrong with the photos I was taking nearly seven years ago, I wanted to know more about photography and to do what I could to capture our lives in more meaningful ways.
The simplest photography rule to follow is to bring a camera - any camera - with you wherever you go. I have a smaller digital point-and-shoot by Panasonic that is usually floating around in the bottomless pit of my purse, along with some stale Goldfish crackers, Dora band-aids and gum wrappers. And I have my iPhone which takes decent pictures in a pinch. In fact, when I go to IKEA, I use my iPhone to photograph the info card on the item I want to purchase so I know where in the warehouse to go to pick it up. Which I've been doing a lot lately since we're doing a bit of work on our house. Even these silly photos will probably end up on a scrapbook page somehow about the current state of things around my house. So bring that camera with you and have it at the ready.
There is one particular rule in photography that bears repeating, even if it's something you've mastered already. It's called the Rule of Thirds. By dividing your image into thirds vertically and horizontally, you end up with four lines that travel across your image in both directions with four intersections. By placing your subject along the lines and/or at the intersections, you create balance and a pleasing composition. See below for some examples:
Maybe it's just her sweet face being smack in the center of all the delish green that appeals to me but the bending of the Rule of Thirds here just works.
(If you want to know how to create your own Rule of Thirds grid in Photoshop (and maybe it'll work in Elements, too), go here for a quick and easy tutorial.)
But the most important rule of all is to just take the photo. You're better off having captured the moment imperfectly than to miss capturing the perfect moment. So whip out the camera and capture the crazy big family eight-birthday celebration (Aidan, Chuck, Chris, Tim, Katy, Katie, Grandma and Bill blew out some candles) which I converted to black-and-white because the white balance was too weird to mess with:
Or the two giggling girls who insisted on being in the crib together and having their picture taken making faces together but I had to use my external flash and I have no idea what I'm doing with it so I had to edit it to death:
And with the conclusion of this here post and all its run-on sentences, I'd like to introduce an upcoming new feature here at WCS. We'll be taking turns writing some articles that will expand on our journaling, photography and scrapbooking themes a bit more and cover more specific topics. Our first photography article will be up next week and we'd love to hear from you if there is anything in particular you'd like us to discuss.
Have a happy Friday folks!