Professional photographer shares secrets for taking and printing
memorable back-to-school photos with ease
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - As students gear up to go back to school,
parents will soon be pulling out their cameras for the traditional
first-day-of-school photos. But they don't have to be the usual
"stand-still-and-say-cheese" shots. Whether it is a child on his first day of
kindergarten or a teen heading off to university, there are ways to capture
truly special images and then print and share them in creative, innovative
"The secret to great photography is to relax and have fun," said Wendy
Rombough, a professional photographer based in Toronto. "Talk and play with
your kids, and then capture the moments that occur in between. Your pictures
will glow with real moments and everyone will enjoy the process so much more."
Wendy Rombough has teamed up with HP Canada to offer some tips for
amateur photographers who want to print and share back-to-school moments.
"We want to help parents chronicle the excitement and anticipation that
comes along with starting a new school year," said Natalia Case, category
business manager, consumer inkjet printers, HP Canada. "With all the tools you
need available from your own home, finding creative ways to print and preserve
memories has never been easier."
Wendy Rombough and HP Canada's tips for taking great photos:
- Use the light: Turn off your flash whenever possible and work with
the existing light. Your images will be more meaningful when the
light is natural, and your children will be more relaxed without the
flash going off.
- Zoom with your body: Don't just rely on your zoom camera features.
You can move yourself around and closer, much faster. Get close and
capture special moments, such as when your kids reunite with last
year's friends on the first day of school.
- Measure the years: Pick a special place at home or at school and
photograph your child in the same spot every year to show how much
they are growing.
- Think symbolic: For a young child, this might mean photographing them
walking away from you with a huge backpack trailing behind them, or
carrying a favourite book.
- Don't forget your almost-grown kids: Teens can be hard to photograph
but try candid moments, such as your son saying goodbye to his dog
before leaving for the first year of university.
- Go on location: Environment photos can bring back all kinds of
memories so try taking pictures of the school, playground, or a
university student's new room in residence.
- Capture the action: Shoot video with the HP Photosmart R937 or R742
digital camera, amongst other models, that allow you to review the
video and save still frames as jpegs for easy printing.
- Keep experimenting: Visit www.hp.ca/photography for additional
Once the first day is over and you have captured some memorable images,
don't just leave them sitting on the computer. Start by visiting the HP
Activity Center (www.hp.ca/crafts) where you will find lots of fabulous ideas
on what to do with your photos, and try some of the following suggestions from
Wendy Rombough and HP Canada.
Wendy Rombough and HP Canada's ideas for printing and sharing photos:
- Scrapbook: As part of your back-to-school shopping, pick up a special
book, put that monumental first day of school shot on the cover and
add to it as the year progresses. Make it a weekly event to update
the book with items your child wants to keep. Finish it off with a
last day of school shot next June.
- Photo books: It's easy to make customized photo books filled with
your own photos and stories. Make one to showcase the first day of
school and fill it with pictures of friends, the school yard, the
school bus and other notable locations. They're especially easy to
make at your local retail outlet using an HP Photosmart Studio.
- Photobags: make printable iron-on transfers and create a photo tote.
Kids love having bags to carry around, and it's even better if it has
special photos on it.
- Online sharing: the Internet is the best way to share your special
images with friends and relatives far away. Try an online photo
sharing site such as Snapfish.com.
- Jewellery: Learn how to make your own photo jewellery, or go to a
professional to order heirloom type pieces that make wonderful gifts
for grandparents or other important people in your child's life.
- Personalized CDs: Print photos on to CD labels, which can be placed
onto disks containing photo slide shows or music - great memories of
home for kids who are going away to school.
- Framed gifts: Print and frame 5x7 inch photographs to give to
grandparents and other loved ones to help share this special day.
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