Published on September 14th, 2018 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
CardFool’s Tim McCabe’s 5 Steps To A Great Holiday Card Photo
In the coming weeks (and months), holiday cards are going to be on everyone’s minds. The only funny online personalized greeting card service, CardFool is a popular website for creating great holiday cards. In turn, CardFool.com may be where you need to point your web-browser sometime soon.
Tim McCabe is the creative director and co-founder of CardFool. As a cartoonist and artist for more 15 years, McCabe and the talented staff of CardFool — which includes free stamps on all sent cards — have an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of the times to produce humor-oriented yet cutting-edge greetings. McCabe’s work has been featured on funny cards from the U.S. to Europe to Australia, and on other published products like books, educational materials, and posters.
To readers of The Hype Magazine, McCabe has kindly offered 5 steps to taking a great photo for your next holiday card, and below are the highlights of such.
“If you have grade-school kids, be prepared to get in and get out. Kids typically can sit and participate for about 20 minutes. But with a game plan, you can utilize those 20 minutes efficiently.”
“Make sure the background is properly lit. With cameras these days, you can review a photo before you go ahead and print it to ensure everyone’s faces forward and clearly visible.”
Skip The Props
“If you are having more than eight people in the frame, skip the props and instead focus on your location. You don’t need any extras like bales of hay or a gigantic Christmas tree taking up precious restate. Think simple and clean, regardless of how many people are in the photo. This applies to everything, clothing, background, poses, etc.”
Use A Smartphone
“If you don’t have a fancy camera, or know someone who does, don’t worry. Today’s smartphones are equipped with a great camera. The key to making the photo professional are three simple tips. First, have someone else snap the photo. You don’t want your holiday photo to be a selfie. Second, capture the photo both horizontal and vertical, making sure that the legs and head are not chopped off. That way when it comes time to choosing the card layout, you have some options. Third, have fun with the filters. Your phone comes with several color options and lighting, play around with it, but don’t choose more than two different filters to prevent the photo looking over-processed.”
“With today’s busy life, treasure the moment that your family is all together and you’re spending some quality time capturing a great moment. Reflect on the past year, your family’s accomplishment, and don’t forget to say ‘cheese.'”