1. Don’t be afraid to move in close to your subject. Most cameras today have macro zoom functions. When I take “close-ups” I also like to make sure that I take a normal range photo for reference especially if I am planning to use the pictures for “scrapping.” These two pictures were taken in my front yard garden.
2. If you think there are “obstacles” in the way of your planned shot, use the obstacles to frame your subject. I used the opening in the stone wall of this 15th century fort in Lisbon Portugal to frame the cityscape. The lighthouse is in Bermuda. Take notice of how I used the roof line and the treetops in the foreground to add perspective to an otherwise plain white object.
3. Keep the camera handy and ready to capture the moment. I keep my camera set on “auto” so that I can snap in a second. Here is DH asking a police officer in Lisbon for directions and a seal asking for a fish at SeaWorld in Orlando FL.
4. When shooting pictures of interesting buildings, make sure you take the whole structure, but also, take a shot from an interesting angle that highlights the unique features. This is the Tower of Belem in Lisbon. Built in the 15th Century, it was the last thing the famed explores saw when embarking on their momentous journeys and the first they saw upon their return.
5. If you’re taking pictures of street scenes (these thoughts work for family gatherings too) look for the essence of what is really going on. Let your picture tell a story not just flatly show the buildings or people. These pictures are a street in Lisbon and a city square in Madrid Spain.
6. Experiment! The rules always say don’t shot directly into the sun. The beauty of digital photography is just hit “trash can” if it doesn’t work. And, sometimes, you get a winner! This Church is in Old City San Juan Puerto Rico.
7. Hand the camera over to someone else every once and a while. Make sure you get included in all the fun! This picture was taken in Disney World.
Photography and scrapbooking should be fun. Let your papers and pictures tell the story of your life. In the days to come, I will share some thoughts on how to scrap you great photos! For now, Happy Crafting!