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Ten Tips For More Memorable Photographs

Dec 25, 2007
If your family is like most, you probably have dozens upon dozens of photos that you have accumulated over the years. Some of your photos might even be on 35 mm slide negatives, or in even older formats, depending on how old they are. One of the most fun things about having old photos is seeing them restored to crisp, digital quality, and reputable photo restoration and slide scanning service companies can provide this service for you. When taking new photos, whether they are of your babys first steps or your family vacation, here are some tips to make them memorable:

Have some patience! This is particularly true when it comes to photographing young children, who are notorious for not staying in the same place for more than about three seconds at a time. Posed shots look nice, but it is often the natural, candid portraits that are most memorable.

Avoid the Crowded Effect. When shapes and colors compete with the subjects of the photo for attention, everyone loses. One way to combat this is to leave the background out of focus, which can be achieved by staying close to the subject and moving them forward, away from distracting backgrounds, people, art work, walls, etc.

Avoid Shooting In Broad Daylight. This is because harsh light can wash out colors, blur facial features, and create glare. If you must take photographs in direct sunlight, have your subjects turn at a 45 degree angle to reduce the above undesired effects.

Take More Action Shots. Candid shots, action shots, i.e. blowing out birthday candles, decorating a Christmas tree, running through a pile of leaves, etc. are sometimes the most memorable photographs of all. The trick to taking good action shots is patience, and adopting the practice of always carrying your camera. This may sound like more trouble than its worth, but the truth is that you never know when the opportunity for a great photograph will surface.

Once you have some memorable photographs to your credit, make sure to have a photo CD made in case of loss or damage of the originals, and also, be sure to store your photographs in albums that are acid and PVC free, since traditional magnet albums can actually degrade photos over time. Be sure also to write identifying information on the backs of each photograph, using a permanent marker. Future generations will thank you.
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