Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mad Skilz: Making the Most of Your Snapshots

I'm sure many have heard the saying,  “A picture is worth a thousand words”. The question is what do you want you pictures to say? What is the story you want to tell or share. Who is your audience?

Most of the time the audience is two sets of people, you and your subject. You want the pictures to invoke memories and you want your subject to see something of the timeline of their lives.
Michelle Leighton taught our Mad Skilz class on Tuesday night. And we all know what mad skilz she has in photography.

She gave us 12 tips for making the most of our snapshots were about composition, some about us a photographers and some about our cameras. She may have some extra copies of the handout, so ask her.

Here are a few of her tips:

#4 - Know where the good light is in your house and plan your events for that room.

#7 - Fill the frame. Move closer to your subject to focus on the details that you most want to remember and not the distracting surroundings.

#10 - Get down on their level. See the world the way your kids see it.

#12 - Attention-getters: Make obnoxious or animal noises...sneeze, bark, moo, neigh, cluck or other inappropriate noises with your mouth. Basically shed your dignity and get them laughing or rolling their eyes.

Michelle had some great stories to tell us and some good recommendations on upgrading to a better camera.

If you missed it, you missed out! Thanks, Michelle!


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