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Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits

Look through the many photos you've taken with your camera, and you're sure to have lots of favorites. Many of these photos are favorites because they are pictures of the people you love. Those cherished relationships are the reason you take photographs and are most likely the reason you started scrapbooking. Here are five tips for taking better portraits of your loved ones, so you can create many more memorable photos of your family and friends.

1. Follow the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds is a rule you've probably heard of before, but it's a rule worth repeating. It's a principle that artists have used for centuries. When you look through the viewfinder of your camera, visualize lines dividing your photo into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Then place your subject at a point where two of the lines intersect. By doing this, you add interest to your photo.

Photo by Rhonda Stark.

2. Focus on personality.

All of us had portraits taken during our childhoods where we posed with a smile. While these types of photos are wonderful, we also need to take photos that focus on a loved one's personality. As you take photos, talk with the subjects about a fun time you shared, or ask them to tell you about their family. Watch how their personality comes to life right before your eyes.

Photo by Rhonda Stark.

3. Determine the distance.

Before you take photos, determine how close you want to get to the subject. Do you want a close-up shot showing just the subject's face and shoulders, a three-quarter length shot that shows your subject from the waist up, or a full-body shot that shows the surroundings around your subject? Knowing this before you begin taking photos will help you get the shot you envisioned from the start.

 

                   

Photos by Candice Stringham.

4. Gather the group.

Are you the "official" family photographer? If you are, consider investing in an inexpensive tripod, and take your own group photos. Set the self-timer, and jump in the photo with the group. Everyone will be relaxed, which will show in the photos, and you'll get the shots you're looking for because you arranged them.

 

5. Be patient.

Give yourself plenty of time to get a great shot. Keep taking photos and relax. Even less-than-perfect photos can successfully capture wonderful memories.

 

We want to see your picture-perfect portraits!

Follow the five tips above and send us the gorgeous portraits you've taken. E-mail low-resolution files (250KB max) to editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com and put "cover photo" in the subject line. We'll be reviewing the photo submissions for potential cover photos on Creating Keepsakes magazine. Note: To be selected for a cover photo, portraits should be of people that have strong eye-contact with the camera and are smiling.

--Lori Anderson, CK Online Managing Editor


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CK Community Blog wrote Celebrating Scrapbooking: CK's Countdown to National Scrapbooking Day
on Monday, 26 April 2010, 10:52 PM

Join CK for the Biggest Scrapbooking E-Party of the Year! Get ready for an energy-packed week of scrapbooking

pam1 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 4:33 AM

Great photo tips! Thanks!

CK Community Blog wrote Celebrating Scrapbooking: CK's Countdown to National Scrapbooking Day
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 1:41 PM

Join CK for the Biggest Scrapbooking E-Party of the Year! Get ready for an energy-packed week of scrapbooking

brown eyed girl wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 4:16 PM

Great photo tips!  Thank you, CK!

Rodakowski wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 4:19 PM

I truly value the articles and e-tips regarding photography.  Never having taken a photography class, a lot of this is new to me!  Thanks CK!  Here's a request - tips on taking action shots.  So many of my photos and layouts are of posed subjects.  I could sure use help capturing movement, excitement, and a dynamic quality in my photos.  Again, I love all these tips!

Mary Fierro wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 4:34 PM

Great photo tips. Thanks.

lovetoteach23 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 6:29 PM

Thanks. I love getting photo tips. Hope this becomes a regular article here.

crystalangel79 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 6:31 PM

photo tips on how to take better in door pictures when all you have is a point and shoot camera would also be very benifical to alot of people being that that is where most pics are taken

Janice wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 7:03 PM

I agree with being able to get tips on taking indoor pictures. It seems that mine always seem to come out darker than I would like them to be. I hope that this is a regular topic that appears in CK Club. Thanks CK for your wonderful tips on so many things!

grammachurch wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 7:35 PM

Thanks for the photo tips.  I'm learning so much about taking quality pictures, it's one of my favorite things to read in the magazine.  I keep practicing with my point and shoot and i know I'm getting better just because of the help you've given.

Jeanne wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 10:28 PM

Thanks for the much needed article on photo tips.  I always read up on taking better photos and keep trying and trying to take better photos.

Eileen wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Tuesday, 27 April 2010, 10:59 PM

helpful , thanks

CK Community Blog wrote Celebrating Scrapbooking: CK's Countdown to National Scrapbooking Day
on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 10:24 AM

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STurner1106 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 2:08 PM

Some of these I knew, but others are very helpful.  I think my camera even has the 'lines' as an option on the screen!

Deanna wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Wednesday, 28 April 2010, 4:45 PM

I love reading about photography, and how to make my pictures standout. Thanks for the great tips!

Deanna

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judiesmom2009 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Friday, 30 April 2010, 3:53 PM

Thanks for the great tips for taking better pics.   I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my interests like photography.

CK Community Blog wrote Celebrating Scrapbooking: CK's Countdown to National Scrapbooking Day
on Saturday, 1 May 2010, 10:11 AM

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CK Community Blog wrote Photography Tips: Aim High
on Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 2:06 PM

You can easily add interest to your photos with one simple trick: aim high. Rather than taking all photos

BioShock wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:42 AM

I don't think that any of these photos are good what's up with the guy in the back alley who is he waiting for

photos are cool wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:44 AM

this is a pointless website you all need to get a life

BioShock2 wrote re: Five Tips for Taking Great Portraits
on Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:48 AM

brother don't make fun of the people who can't take photos

just cause there challenged doesn't mean their stupid or maybe it does...

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on Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:49 AM

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