Our scrapbooks start with the photography and having well shot photographs can immediately inspire page ideas. The desire to learn photography basics is the first step. Finding the resources to help us learn them is the next. I want to share some of my favorite resources for learning better photography with you.
Some favorite books:
Scrapbooks, Etc. Photography
If you haven't purchased this book, it's a must have. I cannot say enough about the wonderfully, informative contents.
Designing with Photos by Autumn Leaves
Not only is the book total eye-candy, but it was the first of it's kind, photography for scrapbooking. It's chalk full of content and the imagery is enough to make you want to run out and take photos, right away.
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
This is one of the toughest concepts to learn in photography. This book is simply well written and easy to apply. I have seen it recommended by scrapbookers countless times and it is well worth it.
Some favorite on-line classes:
If you are willing to spend some money to learn how to use your camera, then I have some wonderful on-line finds.
Courses that will fit any need are listed at this site, from beginning photography to specific photographic needs, it's all here.
IttyBittyActions "Memories that Rock" workshop
Learn how to photograph children in this course. Learn at your own pace with on-line articles, professional critique, session movies, and friendly forums. This is a fabulous course to take.
That should get your started. Like anything else, photography takes practice. Get your camera out everyday and take pictures. While some are born with a natural eye for photography, the rest of us can rest assured there are tons of great resources to help us achieve our personal goals.