Of course the steps below won’t necessarily apply in scrapbooking, but these are good ideas to keep in mind. At its core, scrapbooking is all about the words and the photos.
- Know Your Camera What are the settings on your camera? Do you know the difference between macro and landscape mode? Do you have a portrait mode or an action/sports mode? Can you turn on and off your camera flash?
- Read and Find Inspiration Read and learn as much as you can about photography. The library has great books and resources. One of my favorite books is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen. Flip through fashion magazines to study the styles of different photographers. Go on YouTube to learn more about post-processing.
- What’s Your Passion? Some photographers are better at certain types of photography. Fashion, landscape, nature, portraits, etc.
- Learn the Digital Darkroom Become familiar with photo editing software. Learning something simple as adjusting the curves and white balance will improve your photos.
- Keep a Portfolio Practice taking lots of photographs. Post them on Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, and be open to improvement and critiques.