Plus simple tips for taking a great photograph
Honor the star of the party by adding their photo or name(s) to place cards made just for them. This is a very easy, very elegant way to add sparkle to the table and it takes very little effort. The hardest part will be to select an appropriate photo; and if you can’t get this, then simply put their names on the place cards or add the party theme, for example “All You Need is Love” to make the place cards personal.
Keep in mind these guidelines when taking your photo:
Set your camera to the highest resolution. This is the most important thing you can do to ensure a good quality photo. Also set your camera for the correct lighting – cloudy day, sunny day, incandescent light, fluorescent light, or flash. If you use the wrong setting, the photo can turn out greenish, or bluish, or low-contrast.
Be sure there is plenty of light. Shooting in low light produces poor quality images that are blurred and/or low-contrast. Outdoors, do not shoot pictures in direct sunlight – this creates harsh shadows. Outdoor shooting is best in the shade or on an overcast day.
Indoors, place your subjects where there will be good natural light – for example, place them next to a window so the light coming in falls on them. Indoors or outdoors, choose a background that is darker than your subject, or the camera will adjust for the light background and your subject will be dark.
If using flash, take the picture from 3 to 4 feet away from your subject. This helps to prevent blowout or glare.
Indoors or outdoors, be sure there are no shadows (tree branches, window blinds, etc) across the face or torso of your subject.
Photos of people wearing baseball hats generally come out poorly. The bill of the hat puts the person’s face in a dark shadow. If it’s the best photo you can come up with, we will do our best to make it look good. But if you are getting ready to take the picture, follow these guidelines: ask the person to remove their hat; if they don’t want to, then tip the hat up slightly and ask the person to lift their head a little. This allows more light to fall on their face which will help even out the light and dark areas.
If you want the focus to be on the subject, use a neutral background that will not compete, such as: a solid hedge or large bush, a solid-colored wall, all sky, a grassy hill, a curtained window (solid-colored fabric or low-contrast-patterned fabric).
If you want the background to tell a story – for example, if you are in Hawaii and want to show that in your image – choose a background that creates the setting but still does not take away from the subject. Good examples of complementing backgrounds are: the ocean, snow-covered trees, a sandy beach, mountains, palm trees, etc. Poor background choices are those that are distracting: people doing strange things (“what are those people doing behind him?”), a very busy scene like a carnival (“I can’t see them – oh, there they are”) or something that gets in the way of the subject (“that tree branch looks like it is growing out of her ear”). You can still have busy settings work as backgrounds if you choose carefully. For example, a construction scene can be depicted by having the subject stand in front of a large truck, or at a carnival, in front of a large sign – with activity on the edges of the image and not directly behind the subjects.Photo guidelines: choose a high-resolution photo taken with a good quality camera. Be sure the faces have good lighting
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