Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Creating Keepsakes' Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking -- Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Creating Keepsakes' newest special issue is out! Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking:

Increase your photography and photo-editing skills and discover new ideas for sharing your photos with the tips, tricks, and tutorials in Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking, a special issue from Creating Keepsakes. Whether you're a traditional scrapbooker or prefer to create pages digitally, you'll love how this issue will help you better capture your family's stories. Whether you use a point-and-shoot, a DSLR, a cell phone camera or a mixture of these, you won't want to miss out on this essential photography and scrapbooking guide!

Here's a sneak peak at a photography tip I contributed to this special issue.  When taking portraits outdoors, try to avoid the harsh midday sunlight.  A great time to take outdoor portraits is just after sunrise or right before sunset.  To illustrate this point, I took photos of my daughter at different times of the day.  This first photo was taken in the early afternoon when the sun was shining brightly.  The sun caused my daughter to squint, and it also cast some shadows on her face.

This next photo was taken of my daughter in the same spot just after sunrise.  Her skin looks evenly toned and nicely lit.  You can see the beautiful color and detail of her eyes.

If you happen to be photographing your subject in the midday sun, there are some things you can do to minimize the negative effects of the harsh sun.  Try to find a partially shaded area where the sun's bright rays are blocked by a tree, a wall, etc.  Or position your subject so that the sun is shining down from the side of you both (rather than behind your subject or behind you).  This will avoid squinting and unflattering shadows.

Here's the link to the paper edition: Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking - Paper Edition
Here's the link to the digital edition: Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking - Digital Edition
And as always, I get to giveaway a copy of this special issue to one lucky blog reader!  To be entered to win, simply leave a comment here before the end of the day on Tuesday, September 11th.

For more chances to win a copy of the great special issue, be sure and visit the other blogs on this blog hop:

Autumn Baldwin -
Joey Manwarren -
Laina Lamb -
Adele Beck 
Erika Hayes
Jana Morton
Mou Saha
Gretchen McElveen
Iris Uy
Ashley Harris (The Scrap Review)
Lain Ehmann
Susan Mintmire
Patty Cieri
Ashley Horton


ELLEN said...

What a great tip and wonderful pictures to illustrate your point! Your daughter is adorable! Thanks for the tip.

Unknown said...

you are such a talent.
my daughter
is a self taught photographer.
I hope you never stop scrapping due to your great photography skills!

ccledbetter said...

Love your photos!

smahrty said...

Thanks for the sunlight photo tips!

Unknown said...

Very cool. Thanks for the tips on the right light.

Aria said...

Great tip! Thanks for the chance to win!

Romy said...

Such a great tip! I actually always thought the afternoon would be the best moment to shoot photos, but your photo material proves that the evening provides even better lightning. Gonna give this a go:)

skeeteror said...

Thanks for the great tip and thanks to you and CK for the opportunity to win this issue! It looks like this will be a great one! ~Bev~

Kait said...

Wonderful tips and example! Thanks for the chance to win this issue.

Lisa Rea said...

Thanks for the tip. I soooo need this issue. As if its not hard enough to get my 12-yr old to allow a photo in the first place, when she does grant me the honor, they never come out quite as well as I hoped.

Love you blog - its in my Favorites and I am a frequent visitor for your devine inspiration!

Lisa - Scrappy Distractions

WHAT Vagners said...

Wow - what a difference it makes. What a great tip.
Thanks for a chance to win.

TanBrae said...

Great site!
Thanks for the chance to win. I can't wait to read this issue!

Steffanie said...

I would love to be able to take better photos. I often find myself disappointed in my photography skills. This issue would be a great resource. Hope to win!

Unknown said...

Love the photography tip!

Melinda said...

Thanks for the tips! I sure could better my photography skills!

Unknown said...

I've had a Kodak Easy Share for years and just upgraded to a Canon Rebel, but my photos aren't any better, because I don't know how to use it!

Tamra B said...

Can always use some good photo taking tips.

Janet said...

Thank you for the tip on time of day lighting for taking photos. I would love to win a copy of Better Digital Photos and Scrapbooking.

Shalah said...

Thanks for the tip - and the chance to win!

Terry L. said...

Love your photo! Thanks for the tip and chance to win!!

Terry L. said...

Love your photo! Thanks for the tip and chance to win!!

Melissa said...

I would love to win!

lynda said...

I've always heard that rule but seeing the difference in your photos makes it a rule I might actually remember now!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tips. I would love to win thanks for a chance .

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tips. I would love to win thanks for a chance .

Crie Artezzanato said...


Thanks for the tip!! Lovely picture.

Thanks for the chance!!!


Val Rodrigues