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Seasonal Scrapbooks

Winter Wonderlands

Winter photography can be incredibly beautiful, even when the weather outside is frightful. If you’re a photographer, or just someone who enjoys taking pictures now and then, consider cataloging your winter photography in a special Photo Album. Not only can this act as a portfolio of your work, it’s also a way for you to share your work with others. Here are a few tips on taking beautiful winter pictures:

Exposure

When doing an outdoor winter shot, your camera will tend to think that the scene is too bright, and may want you to adjust to exposure, which can make the snow seem grey or a different shade of white. Instead, try adjusting your F-stop and taking different shots. When you put them on your computer or take them to be printed, you can decide which stop works best with your camera for taking winter scenes. On my camera, I keep my F-stop for winter shots on a +1.

Keeping Warm

This may sound like a no-brainer, but it is important to keep warm while doing outdoor photography! In addition, make sure you bring a camera bag or other protective gear for your camera. This can prevent your camera or other equipment from getting wet as it snows.

Let There Be Life!

Batteries are the life support system of your camera. During cold weather, batteries will drain much more quickly, making for less camera time. Be sure to throw extra sets of batteries into your bag before heading out.

Be Creative

In all things, this is paramount. When taking winter photography, be creative! Use different angles or modes to capture various frames. Remember, it’s not so bad if you take 150 photos! Most professionals will take hundreds of shots only to keep a handful of exceptional ones. It’s all about trial and error. Take a chance and play around with different shots while you’re outside.

Christmas Scrapbooking

Christmas is a magical time of  year full of happy get-togethers set around a beautiful, snow-covered world!  This time of the year has a fantastic way of bringing people closer together, and can create tender moments that are worth remembering for a lifetime.  A way to  savor these moments forever is to organize them – in a Christmas scrapbook!

A Christmas scrapbook is a special kind of scrapbook that can employ the participation of the whole family in it’s compilation.  To start the scrapbook, you have to give the family a heads-up.   Tell each member to bring as many old holiday photos and cards as they can find to the next family function.  Sift through  the photos of past Christmases with your family – these photos can make up the first pages of your scrapbook!

After laying out the beginning of the scrapbook, be sure to take many photos throughout the Christmas season.  These photos will make up the bulk of your Christmas scrapbook.  Once the season is over, you can compile these photos, along with all the Christmas cards you receive, to fill the remaining pages.

Be sure to get a Large 12×15 Scrapbook so you have plenty of space to be creative.  Most of all, have fun with this by keeping the whole family in the creative process.  It’s not only a good way to remember the holidays, but it could really bring family and friends closer together during this magical time of the year.

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