Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Ever wonder how they get those bright and beautiful fall pictures done? Well, it's pretty easy.
Bright sunlight on a fall day is best, especially to make the colors "pop". If you are doing landscape photos make sure you are using a smaller aperture (f16 or above) to create a huge depth of field. Make sure you aren't taking pictures in haze or overcast skies too. Haze acts like a filter and stops the light from entering the lens.
Next time you are out, try it. Have fun playing!
Hobble Creek Canyon, Utah
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
In this version, I added a bit of contrast and cropped just a bit. Enough crop to get rid of the other "partial person" in the shot and the contrast was enough to pop her eye color
This is where most people stop the crop. Having your subjects fill the frame...
But let's take it a step further...
I ran an action to soften mom's pores, because this close of a crop you can really see them but you also get an awesome shot of this kids eyes, with out losing mom's kiss!
So next time you are sitting with bunches of photos to scrap try cropping a bit more than you'd normally do... you may really like the results!
Here is a tip for paper scrappers: If you are working with actual photos, as opposed to pixels, try using strips of paper to cover areas of your photos , as a way to "try on" a crop.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My neighbor's tree starts to come to life in the morning sun...
a child's toy gains interest
even human subjects benefit from the rays of a sunrise
so give this a try... either catch a romantic sunset or set your alarm to catch a glorious sunrise, and don't forget to have your camera handy to get some amazing natural light!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Recently however I've added another quick method of capturing the source of my inspiration... my cell phone camera! I always thought it was a pretty useless feature since the image really isn't big enough to capture anything considering it is only 480x640 pixels, not much bigger than an index print. However I've been finding that it makes a great note pad! If an image doesn't do the trick you could always draft a text message to yourself. This spring I found a beach bag that had great design, texture, and stitching that would relate well to some patterned paper I had, and create the basis of a layout. I grabbed a pen and receipt and doodled away, but now I would just grab my camera and snap a quick picture to jog my memory when I get home. Sometimes I run into a great quote, I could snap a quick picture much faster than I could copy it down. No longer do you need to rip that magazine page out of the magazine at the doctors office (doesn't it bug you when people have done that to part of an article you really wanted to read!)
However you record your inspiration, I just want to encourage you to keep looking around you, you will find inspiration for your next layout!