Sometimes a bad photo is the best photo for your purpose.
Illustration #1: My 100 year-old house is always ready for a new home-improvement project. I can't keep my hands off of it! So I take lots of pictures, and I'm making a storybook online to document the projects. I took a picture of my mom with my latest fix--a tile backsplash, because she IS the biggest fan* of my DIY artistry! She glowed in the picture, but there was a problem: I didn't use a flash, and it came out blurry.
A few days later, I asked her to pose with my backsplash again. She did it, even though it was a silly request. The resolution came out sharp, and I wish I could feature one, but they're not flattering and Mom would kill me!
I'm not going to ask her to stand with the tiles, yet again; that first picture was spontaneous; after that, the moment is contrived. I like this photo for my DIY storybook, even if it's fuzzy, because this shot reminds me that she's proud of me. XOXO, Mom.
(You can see a few storybook pages in progress, here.)
*I must give credit where credit is due. My husband is a big fan of my DIY handiwork, too.
- Personal memories aren't always captured with professional-quality photography. But those pictures are still our favorites, because they're genuine.
- Take a cue from the professionals: snap more than one picture of a posed shot.
- Use the flash or indoor scene setting when a room's lighting isn't bright.
- Photography skills can be improved by reviewing a camera's manual, visiting the library, or enrolling in a class.
I'm not finished with this topic; my next post will defend another bad photo.
Can anyone else share an experience where a lousy picture was still the best choice to preserve a memory? Click on "Comments" below the post to add your recollection. I can't be the only one!
P + S is best! ~Donna