Pictures really are worth a thousand words, but capturing perfect photos for your scrapbook or photo cards, can be difficult. You want a photo that says it all   and that is sharp, bright and will impress your family and friends. Below are 10 tips to help you capture images that convey exactly what you want them to convey.

Take Candid Photos

Show the everyday events of your loved ones. Some of the best photos are those that the subject doesn t know you are taking. Capture memories of your child s smile as she slides down a large slide for the first time or covers himself in dirt. These photos are not contrived, and they can show true happiness, not just a cheesed-up grin.

Keep Your Camera Close

There are many benefits to keeping your camera close. For one, you will always be prepared when spontaneous occasions occur. Also, those around you will be familiar with your camera. When a camera is pulled out, people have a tendency to act differently   to pose for the camera, show off or even hide themselves completely. If you use your camera often, your subjects will be used to seeing you snap photos, which will help you capture candid and sincere photos.

Use Color

Color can truly enhance a picture. Our eyes are drawn to color. By capturing colorful photos, you will create emotionally evocative images. Don t be afraid of capturing bright, bold photos. They will stand out, and the colors will attract the eyes of your audience.

Be Aware of Light

Light can truly make a photo great or ruin an image and make it unusable. If you want to capture beautiful photos no matter what the occasion, you need to understand how light works and how to properly use your camera's flash. Sometimes you can't control the lighting, especially when you shoot outdoors. If you are doing a photo shoot in sunlight, try to capture your photos in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not directly overhead. This way, you can avoid the shadows that direct sunlight will cast on your subject s faces.

Be Aware of the Photo s Resolution

One common mistake that those who are unfamiliar with photography often make is failing to understand resolution. Many individuals capture photos on their phones and attempt to enlarge them to fit the front of a picture card or scrapbook page. If you enlarge a photo too much, it will become pixilated and blurry, and the stunning photo you thought you had captured will be nothing more than a colorful mess.

When working on certain photo projects, check to see what size of image you need for the best results. Projects such as photo cards, photo books and online scrapbook pages will often let you know if your image is too small and if it will not create high quality prints.

Choose Your Background Wisely

Always be aware of the background of your photo. Oftentimes, you will have your subject in a perfect position, but an object in the background will ruin your photo's composition. This is often a problem when you take snapshots in highly trafficked areas where individuals walk in and out of the background. In cases such as these, get a close-up shot of your subject and try to block out as much background as possible.

However, sometimes the background can make a photo great. It can give the photo the energy and the feel that you desire. Think about the overall feel of the photo you want before you capture it, and always remember to think about the background and how it will impact your photo.

Frame It

Framing works closely with thinking about the background of your photo. When capturing your photos, think about the objects in the image that will frame your subject. These can be anything from other people to buildings, trees, windows, doorways and more. Use different objects to frame your subjects. When you frame a photo correctly, it will bring a whole new dimension to the image.

Focus on the Eyes

When capturing people, don t shoot them looking down or looking up. Get down on your knees so you're at eye level with your subject and can concentrate on their face. Capture their facial expressions and the look in their eyes when they open a much-desired Christmas present or eat something disgusting for the first time. These are memories that you will cherish, so you want to be right there to see the joy, or disgust, on their faces.

Use a Tripod

It is easy to be unsteady when you're holding a large camera. Using a tripod will help stabilize your shot and help you capture a photo without visual noise   a grainy look on photos that occurs due to a shaky camera. Tripods are difficult to use if you are trying to capture a photo quickly or if you are constantly moving to capture the photos, but it will help improve the composition and quality of your photos.

Capture a Variety of Images

Practice makes perfect. Shoot all the time. Shoot even when you don t think there is anything to capture. By practicing, you will learn to capture stunning images that you didn t even know you could. You will also capture priceless moments that are sure to make a big impression when you put them on a photo card and send them to the people you love. 


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