After receiving an email last month, I was inspired to explore Tiny Prints' newest collection of photo cards. I've been looking into creating some business cards and thank you cards for my clients and it just so happened that I stumbled across this versatile brand that incorporated photography with stationary (my two favourite things!). As I was browsing through their pages, I thought that perhaps others might be looking to do the same and now here I am sharing some tips on how to take photos for photo cards such as these.
Let me start off by saying that this passion of mine only started to grow around August last year. I haven't been doing this long and I still have much to learn. I am no Jonas Peterson, nor will I ever be. I am growing into a photographer of my own and will continue to grow everyday.
While I hardly consider myself a professional, I would love to share with you all some tips I have learnt along the way that help me take a photo I am proud of.
1. Plan - Going into a shoot without knowing anything about the subjects, outfit choices, location or weather can lead to a total disaster. Iron out all the details you need for your envisioned photo to ensure things run smoothly.
3. Lighting - I am a sucker for natural light. As an amateur who doesn't have the access to studio resources, lighting, diffusers, etc... I am left with the sun and the light that it provides. My favourite time of day to shoot is in the morning or the evening when the light isn't so harsh. If you don't have that time frame however, work with areas that are shady but warm and don't allow for that horrid 'dapple' affect to occur on your subjects faces.
4. KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid - Don't try and overdo your photo. You want the subject to be the main attraction, not the backdrop or the props. Find a location with a simple background that don’t have a lot of distractions–an open field, an old brick wall, an empty beach, a clump of trees, etc...
5. Be Patient and have some FUN! - Why so serious? Photography is a fun medium and should be taken lightly. Be patient with your subjects, especially if they are your own kids, and if things aren't working then take a break, rethink and come back later. Have a laugh and enjoy yourselfN.B. Don't overpose either - the best moments I find are the ones that are natural and raw.
6. Experiment - It's always better to have too many photos to choose from than too little. That means shoot till you drop! Try close-ups or step back for wider shots. Experiment with various angles (get low, climb high) and use different lenses, if you have them. Give yourself plenty of options
7. Touch Up - And if all else fails, a little bit of photo editing can make all the difference. Fix that overexposure, or that overly warm white balance. Crop your photo to get rid of that ugly street sign in the corner or the neighbour's cat that managed to guest star in the background. Black and white? Sure! Give it a go. Remember this is your photo and you have the creative capacity to produce a photo of your liking.
I am still, day by day, trying to implement all the seven things listed above. No photographer is perfect and getting that ideal shot takes a lot of practice, much of which I am yet to do. However, if you are looking to create some photo cards, whether it be an invitation, a thank you card or an announcement, these tips should be able to set you on your way.
Do you have any tips for me? I would love to know some of your secrets.