Quick ABC’s of Photography

Follow these ABC’s of photography and you will have beautiful pictures to add to your scrapbooks. Capture adorable and memorable details of the special event in your life by following these easy steps. If you try one or two new ideas each time you break out the camera, you will soon find yourself snapping photos in exciting ways. People will be amazed at the beautiful images and fun moments you capture with your photo skills.

A Angles

Take your photos from above or below your subject. Some of the best shots are taken sitting on a chair or kneeling on the ground.

B Backlit

For a glowing silhouette effect, have your subject stand in front of a widow or sunny sky. Be sure to use your flash with this one.

C Chronology

Take pictures form the beginning to the end of each event, rather than isolating short to “picture taking time”

D Diagonal Lines

Arrange people to form a visual triangle to create balance and a sense of movement in your pictures.

E Everyone

Make sure you include everyone at the event in pictures. Write names down in a notebook so you don’t forget the names.

F Frames

Draw attention to your subject by using frames such as windows, fence posts, and railing.

G Groups

Take pictures in groups such as siblings, grandparents, cousins etc.

H Hands

Get close ups of people using their hands. This would be great for sports, sewing, cooking or body language when talking.

I Individuals

Capture what makes each person unique. Just remember every quirk is fair game!

J Juxtaposition

Arrange people and objects in surprising or unexpected ways.

K K-9’s and Kitten

Always remember the family pets; they are a very important part of the family.

L Little Details

Don’t forget the decorations or the background settings. These will tie all the photos together.

M Mirrors

Use mirrors, windows, and reflective surfaces to add a fun and unusual effect to your photos.

N Natural Light

The suns natural light is the most flattering light for ant subject.

O Outdoors

Use natural backgrounds as your setting.

P Playtime

Make sure to capture those football games, dance classes, and other playful moments these are memories no one wants to forget!

Q Quick

Be quick with your camera, you don’t want to miss a thing.

R Reactions

Keep your camera ready, you never know what special reaction you might miss.

S Self timer

Use this special feature to include yourself in group photos.

T Toys

Kids are so preoccupied with toys; this is a perfect way to catch those candid pictures of your kids.


You shouldn’t always be the one with the camera, pass it off so that you are included in shots.

V Values

Show your family’s faith, beliefs and charity.

W Weather

Include all the seasons in your photos

X X-treme Close ups

Get close enough to see the freckles or the left-over Birthday cake.

Y Youthfulness

Catch kids’ high jinks and scrapes. If your first impulse is to scold, try snapping instead.

Z Zoom

Use your zoom lens when you are far away to catch candid moments.

Remember that there are several different ways to capture all those special moment in your life. Take picture with a formal backgrounds and candid as well. You will find a style that fits you best for all your photos.

Marcy Larsen – Close To My Heart Consultant. CTMH offers much more than just scrapbook supplies, including opportunities to make money while scrapbooking. I love to help people get started in scrapbooking. To learn more, please visit my website at http://www.marcylarsen.com.

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