Photo Tips: Taking Pictures Using a Theme

by Sonya Murphy on March 23, 2010

Our society is surrounded by themes found in books, art, stores, even our scrapbook albums, etc.  If it is important in the world we live in, then it can be just as important in photography –particularly if it’s going to be used as subject material in our scrapbook pages.   These subjects (Themes) can be of families, reunions, hikes, vacations, weddings, graduation, holidays, new baby, etc.

In many cases, it is important to establish what your theme is going to be before you start taking pictures.  When you establish what the theme is, then what follows becomes much easier, because you now have a focus on what you are after.

There was a time that I wanted to take advantage of a sale going on for a photo book.  I wanted to put all the digital pages I created into this book.  It’s of all the layouts I’ve posted, featuring my kits, using my family, etc.  Of course, they were made with the featured kit in mind and not for a scrapbook.  One thing became real clear as I was putting it together –the colors, designs, layouts, etc didn’t follow any real rhyme or reason.  In other words, it didn’t have a theme to follow.

If I’d planned on the scrapbook in the first place, there would have been a plan, like similar colors, print, designs –that would be carried throughout the book so as to pull it into a theme.

This can work in photography as well, especially if those pictures are going to be part of that process of being put into say a single page layout, a double page layout, or into a whole scrapbook.  As you can see, a theme will help pull everything together.

Themes can be very general to very intricate and detailed.  In order to have it all pull together, one has to start with the theme in mind.

So this month, why don’t you select a theme for your photography experience, and see what you come up with.  In fact it would be fun to see a couple pages featuring that theme you choose, with the rest of us in the SumScrapper Gallery.

One of the themes I think would be fun to focus on is for the next couple of weeks is “spring”, or “why I love spring”.  These themes are perfect for those of us in the northern hemisphere since the winter seems to have been long, cold, and snowy for many of us.  Imagine how fun it would be to see the different sorts of things we focus on, and yet how similar they can be.  Image the assortment of pictures and layouts we would get from those two theme alone.

So focus your photography skill on some sort of theme this month (it doesn’t have to be my suggested subject), and create at least a 2-page layout showing us what you came up with.

NOTE:  If you have a photo tip that you’d like to share with us here at SumScrapper then please contact me with the information.  In fact, if you have any sort of story (funny, serious, etc) to share on how you captured a picture and what the results were we’d like to hear about it.  These write-ups need to be written up in your own words and not copied from someone else (copyright issues).

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