Tips for Scrapbook-Worthy Photos

The latter part of August is one of the biggest times for family vacations. It is like taking time out one last time to relax or visit relatives before the kids are back in school. We take lots of photos but often they do not turn out good enough to put them into a scrapbook. Here are a few tips to help you take better pictures.

Several factors need to be considered when deciding if a photo is a good one. Lighting is one of the most important things. I have taken many photos myself where the background is so bright that the subjects in the foreground are too dark. The camera adjusts to the bright background by limiting the amount of light entering the camera. The foreground is then too dark. Some cameras have a setting for bright light so check to see if your camera does. When you are choosing a location for taking someone's picture consider the light available. If the subject is standing in the shade, you may need to use the fill flash feature of your camera. If the subject is standing with their back to the sun so they aren't squinting, be careful to shield the lens of your camera so you don't have glare from the sun on the lens. If you are taking a picture inside using a flash, be sure the flash won't reflect in a window or mirror behind the subject.

The composition of the photo also needs to be considered. What do you want your focal point to be? Are you taking a picture of a mountain in the distance or is the mountain in the distance a backdrop for a picture of your children? If you want the mountain to be the focal point, have your children stand off center. Having them still in the picture is a good idea because it helps to place the photo in time and gives perspective to the photo. Many of my pictures from summer vacations have just scenery in the photo. After a few years, those pictures are still beautiful but tend to blur as to their significance since the people associated with that trip are not included in the photo.

So often,it seems, I take pictures of everyone that is at an event lining up for a group photo. While this is nice and good to do, your scrapbook pages will be much more interesting if you also take candid shots of people and especially action shots.

Finally, remember to document the occasion, the place, and the people that are in the pictures you take as soon as possible after taking the pictures. I have a box full of heritage photos from my family. Unfortunately, they aren't labeled so I have no idea who those people are. Always document your photos!

I hope these tips are helpful when you take your photos. Thanks for visiting my blog and do come back again.

Happy Scrapping,


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