Photo Tips

I know getting the perfect photo for your card is not always easy, especially with kids. Anyhow, if you do get the oportunity the plan ahead, make sure to read these tips. Hope it helps. And dont forget to always have your camera set to the highest resolution.

Be careful with mobile photos

If you don't have access to a digital camera and you are going to use a cell phone, please make sure the flash is on if the photo will be taken in a low light condition. Bare in mind that even during the day, an indoor setting is considered low light. If a photo is somehow underexposed it can be easily fixed, yet if is too dark and pixelated, there is not much that can be done. Also, set the phone's camera to the best quality and largest size possible.
This picture was taken with a cellphone, no flash, indoors at around 11 a.m, on a sunny morning. You can see how pixelated it is, and there is no photoshop possible to make this photo printable. (Click on the picture to enlarge and click on it again to go back to the thumbnail size).

Stay away from busy backgrounds

The person being photographed should be the main focus of the photo. If the background is a mess or too colorful, the person will get lost in the image. Taking the photo outdoors will always be a plus.
This is a beautiful shot, BUT my daughter is lost within the mess from the background. While it is true that the background can be removed, I believe a real background is always the most natural way. (Click on the picture to enlarge and click on it again to go back to the thumbnail size).

Create contrast with the clothing and the background

If the background has vivid colors or is dark, the person should be wearing light colored clothing. Also, if the background is light, the person should be wearing vivid or dark clothing.
To be honest, the background on the picture shouldnt be used AT ALL, however this was the closest that I could find for this example. When you look at this picture, your eyes get confused with the child and the bars from the background. This is a NO NO. (Click on the picture to enlarge and click on it again to go back to the thumbnail size).

Children? Get down to their level

If you are taking a photo of a child, get on your knees and shoot at their level. You will be amazed by the difference it makes.
Take this picture for example. I got to my daughters level and you can actually see what's going on. If I would have been standing up, chances are I wouldnt have been able to catch the flower, the hand, or her face. I would have gotten her hair, her nose, a portion of her hand, and the flower on her actual hand would have been lost.

Extra pounds? No worries

If you are taking a photo of a teen or an adult with a few extra pounds, get above their level to snap the photo. If you take it from below or at their level, chances are they will look a few extra pounds of what they really are.Try standing on a chair and the people will look just like they are or even a couple of pounds less.
On these two pictures you can see the difference. Both were taken the same day, a few minutes apart. On the left picture I look at least 10 pounds more than what I really am because it was taken by a person who is my same height and was on her feet. On the picture from the right, I look exactly the weight I am because it was taken from above my level. You can really see the difference in my cheeks.