How To Take Charm-Worthy Photographs
Posted on December 21 2017
Selfies are fantastic! It’s how many of us express ourselves these days, and if nobody is there to take the image, you and your long arm are apt for the task.
For starters, you can most definitely take a brilliant photograph even on a humble smartphone, so don't worry about your device not being sophisticated enough to take photographs that are worthy of an Annalise charm.
They must be bright, clear images and if you're a bit more artistic; think about uploading a black
and white image.
Don't crop the image too close (we'll take care of that part).
How Will you Know It's Perfect?
Let's say you've chosen to take photographs with your phone, is there anything that you can do
to make sure that the pictures will translate well to jewellery? Absolutely!
Here are some things to consider:
1. Simplicity is key
You've probably been given a million quotes about "keeping it simple" so we won't do
that, so we'll just say:
Don't worry about having the prettiest elements in your photograph, instead, pay
attention to have few distracting details in your shot. Make it harmonious by including
related things in the frame and if you don't know what those would be, shoot what you
see, because you will instinctively know what a good photograph looks like...
2. Shoot from your subject's perspective
What does that mean? If you're shooting children, don't hover above them, instead get
down and shoot them from below. The bird'seye view makes your subject even more
interesting (because we all know how small children are). Shooting from a child's view
adds elements of interest, especially if you get a little bit close at a "weird" angle.
Just try it!
3. Focus on one subject
George Lucas once said that "Your focus determines your reality," and we'd like to think
that he was talking about photographs. What else? While many of your memories might
have more than one person in the frame, some of the best photographic charms will be
best suited for a photograph with only one subject. That right! One one subject.
Don't worry about trying to create the perfect setting, but also remember that your
subject shouldn't fill the entire frame.
Having some "background" or "negative space" is exactly what makes the image
Pro tip: Tap your phone screen to focus your lens on the subject, it will create a bokeh
(blur) effect for the negative space.
Which leads us to number 4:
4. While tempting, don't use the zoom
Bokeh is usually the best looking when there's a zoom, but in this case, we're going to
have to caution you against that.
Zooming in will make the photograph look unfocused and grainy (pixelated). Follow
point number 2, by getting close to the subject and seeing things from their perspective
(as a way to counter their vantage point). If you can't get close to your subject, use any
photo editing app on your phone and crop excessive negative space out of the shot.
What to do when you've got the perfect photograph?
When you feel that you've taken a charmworthy photograph, simply upload it.
We can't wait to see what you create!