Captured photos make ideal wall art
One of the fastest ways to add warmth to a room and a “lived-in” appeal is to place artwork on the walls. You can certainly scour home decor shops or art stores for the perfect pictures, but why not use the subject matter you have on hand –your own family?
Simply snapping a few images of your family from different artistic perspectives (avoiding posed shots) and framing these prints inexpensively, you can create an entire gallery of amazing photography.
To make your images stand out and look like professional prints, it pays to follow a few tips.
- Lighting: Take the photos in natural light, which will best complement your subject. Keep the light source behind you while taking the picture, so that your subject will not appear washed out.
- Contrast: Place a high-contrast background behind your subject so the background is not competing with the person or object in the forefront. A black or white sheet can serve this purpose well.
- Color: Color images have their place, but there is something to be said about the classic appearance of black-and-white or sepia-toned images. They can impart drama and lend themselves well to the cohesive tone of your home gallery.
- Scale: Not every picture should be a portrait shot. Experiment with wide shots and close-up shots. A zoomed-in shot of a child’s hands or a silhouette in the distance can make for thought-provoking images.
- Picture composition: Change the angle, height and alignment of your shots to create interest. For example, when framing a subject, try it off center for visual interest. Lie on the floor and take images from an upward direction. When photographing children, get down to their level. And don’t worry about everything being in focus. Sometimes a grainy, slightly over-exposed feeling can add a touch of whimsy to the image.
- Camera: Now might be the time to invest in a high-quality camera. Look for a minimum of 8 megapixels, which is often standard on most brands nowadays. You want a high enough resolution on your images to be able to enlarge them to 5 x 6 and 8 x 10 sizes.
After you’ve shot and framed all of your images, practice the arrangement before you commit to a wall location. Some stores sell framing kits that feature a grid to take the work out of decoratively arranging pictures. Once the images are hung, install some accent lighting to illuminate your gallery
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