Photography Tips for Personalised Photo Prints

What to do next: This is where the fun really starts and you begin to design your book! Have a pen and paper handy...

View 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).

Please 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 me.

Decide 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.

  1. Check 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!

  2. If 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.

  1. Don't 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.

  1. A 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.

  1. It 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 dinner on!

  1. It's 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!

  1. A 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 staring eyes!

  2. When 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!)

  1. Hold 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.

    Most 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 the way.

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