Pictures are something that we depend on to help us tell our stories on almost every layout we create. Most of the time the photos are the focus of each creation. So, I think that it is important to strive to take better pictures so that we will have more material, which inspires us to create even more layouts.
I am certainly not an excellent photographer, but I have learned a lot of things since becoming involved in scrapbooking. Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way.
Take LOTS of pictures. I think the best way to achieve great pictures is to take a lot of them. Your chance of taking a great photo increases by taking more photos. Also, if the subjects like to perform for the camera, after a while, they will get tired of performing and you can get some real life action shots.
Avoid distracting backgrounds. How many times have you had a photo of someone that you really love, but there is a pile of dirty dishes on the counter behind them or a tree branch sticking right out of his head? There are some things that cannot be avoided, but if you carefully consider the entire frame of your picture, you will have more successful results.
Use natural light. The flash and sunlight can both cause harsh shadows on your subjects, so try to shoot pictures near a sunny window. When it is cloudy outside, that is a perfect time to encourage your subject to come outside for a quick photo shoot. Without the harsh sun shining down on them, they will not be squinting or have bright spots on their faces.
Remember to have fun and take pictures often. The more you practice, the more you will like your results.