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Top 10 Photography and Videography Mistakes

Monday, April 16th, 2012
  1.  A Cluttered Picture:  Don’t try to get everything in the scene.  What was it that made you want to take the picture in the first place?  Focus on that and eliminate any extraneous clutter that will draw a person’s eye away from the subject you want most prevalent.
  2. Get Closer:  Most new photographers or videographers for that matter want to play it safe and stay too far back.  Have the subject fill the screen unless it is important to have the background for use in showing scale. (more…)

Top 10 Picture Taking Techniques

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

According to Kodak, these are the top ten tips that can help you take better photographs.

1.  Get Down On Your Subjects Level: When you are photographing children or pets, hold the camera at the subjects eye level. The subject does not have to look into the camera because the angle creates an inviting feeling.

2. Use A Plain Background: A busy background will distract from your subject. If you can, use a plain background and make sure there are no trees or other items coming out of your subject’s head.

3. Always Use A Flash: Use a flash even outdoors. The flash will lighten dark shadows under eyes and other facial features in bright sunlight.

4. Move In Close: When your taking a picture try to get as close as physically possible. Instead of shooting the whole bush, get a close-up of one flower. This makes the subject stand out without distractions from the background.

5. Take Some Vertical Pictures: Some subjects require a vertical shot. Things like buildings and some portraits require a vertical picture.

6. Lock the Focus: For off-center subjects, center the subject. Then press the shutter button half way, reframe the shot and then finish pressing the shutter button.

7. Move It From The Middle: Place the subject off center. Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid and place your subject at one of the intersecting lines. Since most cameras focus in the middle, remember to lock your focus.

8. Know Your Flash’s Range: Most camera’s flashes only work about 10 feet or four steps away. If the subject is farther than 10 feet, it might be too dark.

9. Watch The Light: Don’t shoot directly in the sun. For pictures of people, choose soft lighting of cloudy days. Try to avoid overhead sunlight because it casts harsh shadows. At the end of the day or early morning, use the long shadows for scenic pictures.

10. Be A Director: Instead of just taking pictures take an extra minute and become a director. Use props, rearrange subject or try a different viewpoint. Get your subject to be themselves and let their personalities shine.

After you take your great pictures, let CC Video Duplication make a photo montage DVD with music. For more information, click on the Photos/Slides to DVD link.

How to Organize Your Photos Or Slides For Photo Montage on DVD

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A great gift for Christmas, Birthday or an Anniversary is a photo montage on DVD.  The key to a great photo memory on DVD, like everything else in the world, is proper planning.

The tools you will need are sticky notes, a Sharpie pen with fast drying ink and manila envelopes big enough for your pictures and CDs.  Why sticky notes and Sharpie pens?  This keeps you from writing directly on your photographs.  Do not use a ball point pen because they leave an indentation on your photographs and the ink sometimes gets on the photos below it.

If you have photo albums, go through them and remove the pictures you might want to use.  Take two sticky notes and place the same letter on both.  Put one sticky note on the back of the picture and the other in the photo album where the picture was.  Why the back?  We put the sticky notes on the back because we have to scan the pictures, so nothing can be on the front.  When you are done, you will know where each picture went and you can put them back easily.  What happens if I have more pictures than the alphabet?  Just use AA, BB, etc.

We are not done with the sticky notes yet.  Now that you have pulled all the pictures you might use, go through them and put them in the order you want.  When you are happy with the order, put numbers on sticky notes and place them on the back of each photo.

Decide which pictures go with each song.  Usually you want each picture to be up for a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 10 seconds.   On the manila envelope, write the name of the song and the pictures that correspond to the song (i.e. Song Title – Pictures 1-30).  Put the pictures and the CD for that song in the manila envelope.

If you are using digital photographs, write a “picture log” like the example below:

Song 1 (Song Name)

DSC101 (Picture Name) on CD#1 (CD where picture is found)



Song 2




If you do these tips, it will make it easier for you and for CC Video Duplication to put your photos to DVD.