Editor's Note: Even though we focus on what goes into scrapbooking on NSA Voices, some helpful tips about getting the job done are always appreciated!
By Go-To Mom Laurie Schultz, Arnold, MD
Have you ever had that special event that you wanted to get your pictures just right for? Then, when you get them back from being developed or printed, you're disappointed? I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me. I have taken a lot of photographs over the years, and, in the beginning, maybe only one or two out of ten would be what I would call "scrapbook worthy." I'm going to share with you some techniques that I've learned over the years to make all of your photographs look great.
1. Always take the photo from the eye level of your subject — often for photos of children, this will mean squatting or sitting down. It's important to note that being at eye level doesn't mean that your subject is always looking at the camera. In fact, for variety, it's nice to have those shots where the subject is not looking directly at the camera. Simply being at their eye level, though, will create an interesting and inviting angle.
2. Use a plain background. Really study the background before you take your picture, as too many details in the background can distract from your subject.
3. Move in close. Fill your picture area with your subject. One word of caution, though, if you get too close, the focus can get fuzzy. The closest focusing distance for most cameras is about three feet.
4. Use the "Rule of Thirds." Imagine the frame of your camera divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically so that it looks like a tic-tac-toe board. Now place your subject along one of the imaginary lines or intersection points. Always centering your photos can get boring.