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How to Take the Best Tiny Photos

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My name is Lindsey O, and I’m writing a guest post especially for Stingy Thrifty Broke readers today!  I have some special freebies and discount codes for you, as well as a few tips for those of you that are into creating and/or traveling like I am!  I am a Photographer, an avid Traveler, and a business coach for Creatives.  

SMALL PRINTS

I understand that a lot of you are into printing out your images at a small size, to use in your planners.  I love that technique, it is so inspiring!  I do this a lot with small vision boards around my room to see my goals for that week or month or year.

When you’re going to be printing a photo out small, two things come to mind: 1. Keeping the photo focused and clutter free, and 2. Making sure your photo is sharp & crystal clear.

KEEPING YOUR PHOTO CLUTTER FREE

When you’re taking your photo, try to remove anything distracting from the background.  For example, can you move whatever you are taking a photo of to a white table top or a wood floor?  

If you are doing a flatlay with a few items, try to remember that less is more.  Too many objects in a photo, especially when printed small, can be overwhelming, busy, and won’t catch your eye.

WHAT APERTURE SHOULD I BE USING?

If you have a DSLR, one of the three tools you can adjust when shooting in manual mode is aperture.  For portraits, you may want to use a larger aperture (a lower f/#).  For landscape however, you likely want as much of the image as possible to be in focus.  For this, you will want to use a smaller aperture (a higher f/#).  

Take a look at the below examples taken at a large aperture (f1/.4), a mid aperture (f/4) and a small aperture (f/16).  See how the subject (the flower pot) is always in focus, but that the background changes in focus.  As the aperture gets smaller (a larger f/#), more of the background comes into focus.

f/1.4

This image was taken using aperture priority mode, with ISO 100 and f/1.4.

f/4

This image was taken using aperture priority mode, with ISO 100 and f/4.

f/16

This image was taken using aperture priority mode, with ISO 500 and f/16.

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