How to Make the Best People Memories with Your Camera Phone
When you look at a photograph, something profound happens. It jogs your memories of people you see and were with, places you’ve visited, and things you’ve done. But it does so much more. It creates a feeling that you matter in this life existence.
In that reminder moment, time stands still. You can witness the subject foreground and the background and what has changed. It can be a real deep experience. Especially if you never knew the photo existed or haven’t seen it in a long time.
Something or some things in the photo never quite look the same as in the current moment. We as humans are constantly growing and maturing. The photo reminder promotes the fact that you were once a different person, and lived life a different way than you do now. Simple photo hint giveaways could be our hairstyles are different (or the same) from the past. Or our clothing choices have changed. Because we’ve changed. Our society has evolved. It’s a reminder that time is constantly moving and life is evolving. We are the main actors, actresses, and witnesses.
Photographs record our histories. And they create emotions like laughter and joy. At the time we are taking a photo, our brains are not designed to appreciate the very moment as when we distance ourselves by time from the photo. When you are no longer in that environment, then you can miss that moment and nostalgic emotions can arise.
Nowadays most of our society uses phone cameras for general photography. The phone camera is handy by our side, and the lenses on the camera phone are as good (and often better) as on a pocket camera.
If you want to take a better and memorable camera photo of people you are with:
-Make sure everyone’s eyes are open. No one likes a photograph where their eyes are closed. If you are the photographer, and far sighted (wear cheaters or cannot see up close), then have someone with better vision look at the photograph and determine if the photo needs to be taken again. Today, in digital photography, there is no worry about wasting film. You can take many of the same picture within seconds, and delete undesirable ones with a tap.
-Make sure there is enough light on the main subject. Tap with your hand on people’s faces if there are people in the photo. Use the flash if people are in the photo and there is no bright light source. Different good rules of thumb apply to up close, inanimate object photos. For example, most food plates on the table look better without flashes if some background light is provided. It adds romance. But for people photos, if you are not sure, try taking photos both ways (with and without a flash). If you are outside, look where the sun is. If it is shining on faces then you won’t need the flash. If the sun is behind the subject, then there will be shadows on faces.
-Look at the composition in the photo before you take the photo. If you want to include certain elements in the photo, be sure they are captured. Like someone’s car in the background. Sometimes that memorable element is more important than including someone’s arm. Cameras tend to add five or more pounds to the size of arms, so most people and especially women, don’t mind if you remove those from the photo.
-Look at colors. If anyone or everyone is wearing colorful clothing, be sure to capture that. Colors add a mood and happiness to the memories. Photographs are meant to re-create a memory, so if your dress was fashionable at the time it was taken, but no longer now, it’s understandable. And that difference can add some real interest.
-Have all the people smile in the photo, and wait until they do. They will eventually smile if they know that the photo won’t be taken until a smile emerges (a subtle form of peer pressure). Everyone looks better with a smile. Sometimes people need reminders and encouragement. Years down the road, they will be happy they did when they look at the photo, even if they weren’t happy in the moment (or never usually smile). Memories fade about the specifics of the moment. Memories of the general time period are usually remembered.
-Make sure the photo isn’t blurry after you take it. Clear photos are essential to a good photo. And possibly one you will want to add to the mantel or hang on the wall.
If you are a person being photographed, this is how to be photogenic:
-Make sure your hands are in a good place. They could be on someone’s shoulders or on a chair. They could also be laying by your side, but just remember the camera adds pounds. So holding your hand on your hip will make your arms look better, but convey you are posing. You have to decide if you want to pose.
-Everyone has a better side. Face your preferred side to the camera. Don’t hide behind people.
-Position your legs in a way so that they create interest. Sit Indian style or cross legs, as ideas.
-Remove water bottles and phones from hands. Set them down or aside so they don’t show up in your photos. They are distracting and don’t add to the photo.
-Don’t over pose. Too many people these days are concerned with their photo posted on social media. While it is part of our current society, don’t overdo it. When you look back at photos of you, you want to remember the experience, not how you posed. Too much posing can make you appear shallow. You can never go wrong with natural poses in the moment.
-Regarding beverages, move extra drinking glasses from the table. You also want to decide if you want to be remembered holding a glass in your hand.