525 Scrapbooking Sketches
Friends and family did all the initial promoting My very first job came about because a woman introduced me as a photographer at a yard sale. She had seen a scrapbook of my family and told a friend who asked to schedule a session. From there, everything took off by word-of-mouth, which is still my primary advertising. In fact, I have an unlisted phone number
An inexpensive, but good-quality digital camera can cost about the same as an Xbox game system. However, while gamesfocus kids' minds inward into the box, a camera will have them looking outward beyond themselves, exploring new ideas. John Larish, the author and consultant, gave his granddaughter a digital camera to see what she might do with it. She created a great scrapbook of her junior year in high school, a collection of her memories in a very attractive composition, he told us. Doing it, she developed visual and verbal storytelling skills and furthered her ability with digital technology.
This diary is your record of all stimuli that may have influenced you or helped you to form an idea. In its most simplistic form this could be a scrapbook of tear-sheets (examples) and personal scribbles. It would however be of far more value if the visual diary contained detail relating to an awareness of style and context, as well as a development of your ability to intelligently critique images. This should include aspects of design, composition, form and lighting which would be applicable to any of the visual arts.
You can also use the Rotate commands to straighten your photos, or to turn them at angles for use in scrapbook pages or album layouts you create. The rotate command that's best for this use is Free Rotate Layer, which lets you grab your photo and spin it to your heart's content.
On that cruise I mention earlier in this chapter (in which the stateroom had only one electrical outlet), my wife and I were fortunate to stay in an owner's suite, one of the nicest cabins on the ship. Each afternoon, we received a treat of some sort from one of the ship's staff along with a card announcing whom it was from. Before enjoying our delicacies, we made sure to photograph the dish and card together, as shown in Figure 6-18, and kept the card for a scrapbook as well. The photo album from this trip includes many such details and provides a much fuller and richer representation of our trip.
As a full-fledged image-editing program, Elements has some printing options you may not think of using on snapshots. But features like the Print Preview box's Position tool are great for projects like greeting cards and scrapbooking because you tell Elements where you want the photo to go. And adding a border is a nice touch for invitations and greeting cards. Here's a quick run-down of your choices
PhotoPrinto is a digital scrapbooking tool that lets you create albums from your iPhoto libraries or any other digital photos stored on your computer. You can start with a blank page or select a PhotoPrinto template to create your project. The program ships with a full complement of tools for arranging photos on the page, letting you add text, borders, masks, and even cropping or adding soft edges to your photos. The program is well designed and easy to use. However, its templates can be a little disappointing. But if you don't mind tweaking your design, templates won't be necessary for you to create albums of all your digital memories. JEFFERY battersby
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