Photography & Scrapbooking

Photography can help preserve great memories of one’s family, friends, or a certain event. Photography can help us remember important events in the lives of our children, vacations, the first day of school, summertime fun and also special holidays.

Many times once the photos have been taken and printed out; one often wonders what should be done with the pictures? If the photos of loved ones and faraway places are merely going to be thrown into a shoe box, then photography becomes a passive activity. However, if telling one’s own story through scrapbooking is important, then photography becomes a worthwhile hobby.

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to preserve memories in an album. Photography, along with scrapbooking, allows us a chance to pass our family history on through generations. Ever gone to a yard sale or flea market only to see heirloom pictures for sale? Unfortunately, preserving family history was not a priority for whoever is trying to get rid of the photos. It can be quite upsetting to see such a waste.

Once a person begins preserving one’s own family memories in albums, that person is on the right path to keeping family history alive and well. Children always marvel over photos, which can also peak their interest in photography. Scrapbooks can be cherished for many generations.

Scrapbooking and photography are fun hobbies with a purpose. Once the decision is made to get started, sorting photos is the first task at hand. Many times photography makes photo sorting easy since there is a date somewhere on the picture. Once the photos are sorted, choose a well-made, high quality album. This will require a small investment, but when it comes to photography and scrapbooking, spending the money is worth it. Place the photos page by page in chronological order.

Be sure to use acid-free adhesive. Don’t be afraid to write about people, feelings and experiences. Once your album is completed, take a look through the pages. Take pride in a job well done. Photography and scrapbooking are enjoyable. There may even be a desire to take a photography class to improve one’s picture taking, thus creating a better scrapbook.

3 Simple Tips For Photography Beginners

There is one product that is given away as a gift more often than any other product and that is a digital camera. The hardest part about receiving a gift like this is learning how to use it. Photography classes are the best way to learn how to properly use a digital camera but here are a few basic tips to get started.

1. Choosing the Correct Setting

The easiest mode to learn in is the Auto Mode. In this mode the camera decides the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus and flash for you. The other modes which are fairly simple to use include: Portrait Mode-the camera will automatically focus on one object, Macro Mode-for up close objects such as a flower, Landscape Mode-this is just the opposite of Portrait Mode and focuses on the whole scene, Action Mode-the camera will attempt to freeze an object during its motion and Night Mode-this mode is for low light situations. Manual or semi-automatic modes require the user to set all the functions and it is best to take some photography classes to learn about these settings.

2. Focusing the Camera

When learning on how to focus on a shot it is important to keep in mind what the points of interest are and where these points should be placed in the photo. One of the first lessons learned in photography classes is known as the “rule of thirds” for well-balanced photos. Imagine breaking the view finder into thirds both horizontally and vertically leaving nine imaginary squares. By placing your points of interest at the intersection of these lines the photo will be natural and well-balanced.

3. Taking the Shot

When the subject is focused in and the shot is ready to be taken one of the most common problems occur “camera shake” which leads to blurry photos. The easiest way to avoid this is by leaning up against a solid object or kneeling down. It is also amazing how much just taking a breath of air can shake a camera. To eliminate this take a deep breathe, exhale and take the shot before inhaling again. When pressing on the shutter just apply gently pressure. A shutter button does not require a lot of force and by pressing hard the camera is actually moving. Never press the shutter with the tip of a finger either, always use the flat part of the finger instead. This keeps the finger horizontal to the camera which helps in controlling the camera and it stops the camera from shaking.