For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends. The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising. I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints. Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.
I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when photographing scrapbooks/artwork.
- Photograph your children with their art.
- Take photos of your kids with their artwork. It will help you remember their age when they created it.
- Takeindividual photos of each piece:
- Photographs of your child’s creations will last longer than the originals.
- Take the pieces outside on an overcast day, or find an indoor location with even, non-glare lighting.
- Find a simple background.
- Use the close-up mode on your camera for smaller pieces.
- If you are indoors, experiment with your flash, since it may cause distracting reflections.
- Use your camera’s review mode to make sure you didn’t cut off any corners.
- Frame it:
- Framing your child’s art is the perfect way to show how much you appreciate it.
- Photography is the perfect way to accommodate big pieces, three-dimensional ones, or pieces made from inexpensive materials that will fade or dry out.
- Don’t forget a nice mat, and have the artist sign and date their work.
- Document the process:
- When kids are young, everyday events become just as important as birthdays and holidays, and just as worthy of photography.
- Remember to capture the artist at work. For those big projects, chart the project’s development with a photo diary – from brainstorming to research to rough sketches and completion.