by Debbie Hodge
In Organizing Events Photos I share a step-by-step process for winnowing down the photos you’ve taken to a manageble number for scrapbooking events. In the last section of that article, I suggest going through your photos relatively quickly to select those you really like and think you’ll put on a page. Here I’m offering more guidance about what photos make good “keepers.”
What photos make good “keepers” for events pages?
Essentially you want photos that tell the story of the event and that document important particulars.
Good candidates to include on your page are photos:
- of people key to your event (both posed and candid)
- of interesting and relevant items (the birthday cake, the pumpkin, the valentine card)
- of event activities (the champagne toast, the three-legged race)
- that convey a sense of place
- that you just plain like
Remove photos that:
- are close duplicates of others
- are of poor quality
- don’t really add to the story you’re telling on this page
From those keepers, select one (or two) focal photos
Each photo on your page can have the same emphasis as the others on the page OR you may choose to highlight one (or more) photo(s). Selecting one photo to highlight above all others results in your page having a focal-point photo.
Why have a focal-point photo?
A focal-point photo can help make your page clear and appealing because it gives the viewer’s eye a place to start. When this starting place exists, so, too, does a hierarchy that lets the viewer understand levels of importance–some photos take on more importance than others. The result of this is that your viewer can better understand just what went on at your event and what it meant. Be sure to check out Creating A Focal Point on Pages for design how-tos on focal points.
What makes a good focal-point photo?
- a photo that is engaging (like a great shot of one or two people looking into the camera or engaged in a relevant activity)
- a photo that represents or triggers an association with the holiday or celebration you are scrapping
- a photo with great photographic quality
When your focal point photo includes people:
- show them in a relevant activity or looking into the camera
- understand that in most circumstances a photo with only one or two people works better as a focal-point than one with multiple subjects; it’s just less complicated and more clear.
Let’s see your events pages and tell us how you chose your photos. Share them in the Get It Scrapped Gallery and link us up here in the comments section.