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How to Take Better Pictures-Part 6

By · October 8, 2010 · Comments (0)

Expressions The most endearing part of any photograph of people is the expression. All other elements may fail, and we still love the photograph because of the expression. Getting a great expression is often the hardest part of taking portraits.  There are so many factors that come into play.  This skill takes time to develop […]

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How to Take Better Pictures Part 4

By · September 24, 2010 · Comments (0)

Choose the Right Focal Length The focal length of the lens you select and the aperture you shoot at also affects the look of your photograph. For you techies, I realize that the size of the digital sensor can change the true results of our lenses. I explain focal length multiplier in my article “Getting […]

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How to Take Better Pictures-Part 3

By · September 17, 2010 · Comments (0)

Cropping for Interest Go ahead and cut through the top of a head or hat on someone’s head on purpose.  Look at the magazines, even scenes on television; they do it all of the time.  It adds drama to an image. It draws you to their eyes.  Yes, grandma will exclaim, “You cut her head […]

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How to Take Better Pictures-Part Two

By · September 10, 2010 · Comments (0)

#2 Look Behind Your Subject Many times we notice after the fact that we have a tree trunk, pole, or some other line intersecting the head of our subject.  Take a moment to look past your subject and see what may become a distraction. You may have to move around a bit to find a […]

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How to Take Better Pictures-Part one

By · September 3, 2010 · Comments (0)

Get Closer-Get Lower-Get Higher Most people I observe stand too far away from the subject they are photographing. I am sure that is because they do not want to call attention to themselves; they want to snap a fast picture and not be noticed or be in the way. But I say, “Get closer to […]

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Photo Tip #5

By · March 15, 2009 · Comments (0)

Displaying art work and photographs Scale is very important in any design. Many people select artwork that is too small for the area it is displayed in. A general and easy way to find a good proportion is to fill 50% or more of the space with the art. Lets say you have a six […]

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Photo Tip #4

By · March 8, 2009 · Comments (0)

Cleaning Glass on Framed Art Work Spray your cloth- not directly on the glass of hanging photographs or art pieces. The cleaner may run to the bottom, seep in between the glass and the frame and make its way to the mat board and artwork. If possible, take the artwork down and clean it on […]

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Photo Tip #3

By · March 4, 2009 · Comments (0)

Don’t use ink pens! If you need to label your photos on the back, choose a pen that is acid free. You can find these at photo supply stores like Porters Camera and scrapbooking stores such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Creative Memories may still carry a blue soft pencil that is great and safe […]

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Photo Tip #2

By · February 28, 2009 · Comments (0)

Composition: Don’t Center! Place your subject off center for more interest. Move the main subject to the right or left third of the image for a more sophisticated composition. If it is a person, this gives the subject “room to move or look” in the photograph. If the subject is facing more to the left […]

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Photo Tip #1

By · February 26, 2009 · Comments (0)

Get Closer! Most people stand too far away from their subject. Unless the scenery is part of the story, be brave and get in there close. There is more impact of your subject and less distraction from a cluttered background. Try cropping into the top of the head or through a hat for more attention […]

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