PHOTOS FOR SCRAPBOOKING
If you use ALL your photos for scrapbooking, you may find it takes over your house - or your life! So which are the the best photos for scrapbooking and which should go in the 'rejected' pile?
TO SCRAP OR NOT TO SCRAP
I'm not great at discarding stuff generally. A peek inside my '100% fashion -resistant' wardrobe would convince you. For scrapbooking purposes, it's good to be a little ruthless - and save only your best photos for your layouts. Go for the 'stand out' images that make you react emotionally when you see them. They will be your raw material for some great layouts.
HOW IMPORTANT IS CHRONOLOGY?
As a themed album fan, I'm less interested in chronology than themes, but there can be occasions when the chronology of your photos can tell a story on a specific page.
(You too could have a body like mine - if you're not careful!)
As these photos were taken within about ten seconds of each other, the chronology is important. However, unless the impact of the page would be reduced by ignoring the chronology of the images - then I wouldn't worry. Go with what looks best and what pleasure you get from the final layout.
Cropping polaroid photos is a total no-no! When you cut a polaroid it releases a chemical which will eventually spoil the layout. As for other types of photo, try and crop away any extraneous images that don't 'serve' the central subject of the photo, like furniture or curtains (even nice curtains). Be creative with your cropping shapes. Photos can become
FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE - FOR A MOMENT!
- For storing negatives, it's good to use an acid and lignin free photo archive box.
- Always store negatives AWAY
from prints, as they can react with one another over time.
- Never cut negatives into strips.
- Store negatives in 30% or less humidity, handling them as seldom as possible.
- If you're keeping negatives in a box, place acid and lignin-free paper strips inside, to separate them.
- Clean any dirty negatives with a negative-cleaning solution like 'PEC-12, by Photographic Solutions
STAY IN THE BIG PICTURE
It's always worth remembering that even the best photographers keep only a fraction of the shots they take. Keep YOUR best photos for scrapbooking and by throwing most of your photos away - you can be just like the pros!
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