Photography Tips for Personalised Photo Prints
to do next: This is where the fun
really starts and you begin to design your book! Have a pen and paper
all the pages of the book in close up by clicking on the first
picture of the gallery below. As you flick through the pages decide
which of your photos you would like to appear on which page, jotting
down the text you would like to appear with that photo (maximum
60 characters per page).
read the information below regarding how to choose the right photos.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with
where you are going to take your photograph. Don't try and expect
your 18month old to 'strike a pose' that is just too difficult for
him/her. Remember, it may not be completely necessary for your
subject to look straight at the camera or be in the exact same pose.
A candid shot, caught when they were unaware of you can sometimes be
much more effective.
your background and foreground - make sure there is nothing
obscuring your subject. If you need to send Sarah a head-to-toe
photo, be very careful not to crop anything important from your
photo - make sure your subject fills your view finder and doesn't go
over the edge. Check those feet, the top of that head, and where
those hands are!
you use a flash then be aware that the closer the subject is to the
background, the bigger the risk of shadows. It's important for Sarah
to be able to create a natural look to your finished image, where
the subject looks as though they are actually in the shot and not
just 'placed' there - and heavy shadows can cause problems. Just
move the subject further away from the background.
be afraid to use your flash outdoors too - it can add a little to
the overall look of the image. If you're using a digital camera try
taking a few shots with the flash and some without - you can always
delete the ones you don't think will do.
reflector can transform an image as this 'bounces' the light back
into the subjects face, therefore avoiding harsh shadows around the
eyes and nose. A simple sheet of white card held underneath, out of
camera shot, will suffice.
sounds obvious, but don't try to photograph young children when
they're tired, bored or not in the right mood - you'll both end up
cross and with a photo that doesn't look right. Choose your moment -
when they are relaxed and happy, and feeling responsive to you. Give
yourself plenty of time too, don't make yourself feel pressured
because you're trying to take a photo when you should be getting the
tempting to tell your subject to smile and say cheese, but this can
sometimes give a fake smile effect. Little ones can often be
distracted however - try asking them an interesting question that
makes them stop and think, ask them to imagine something lovely,
pull a silly face or make a funny noise - and be ready with your
shutter finger for that perfect reaction!
good trick to avoid that slightly glazed expression when you take
someone's photo, is to ask them to look down for a count of three
before raising their head and looking into the camera. It is just
enough for them to alter their point of focus and avoid those
photographing children particularly, try getting down to their level
rather than photographing down onto them which tends to make heads
look overly large and their legs too short! Kneel down, sit on the
floor or a chair - try to keep the camera at their eye level. (This
applies to photographing pets too!)
it steady! Whilst problems such as 'red-eye' created by a camera
flash can be corrected, blurry photos that are out of focus just
can't be improved. Avoid smudgy photos by resting your camera on a
solid object, or keeping your elbows tucked in. If you're sitting on
the floor to take your photo, try sitting so that you can lean your
elbows on your knees to stop the camera wobbling, or grab a chair or
stool to lean on.
digital cameras have a 'half-press shutter' which means you press
the shutter button half way down, giving the camera time to adjust
focus. When your camera has found its focus, click your button all