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7 Ways to Take Attractive Alphabet Pictures

Have you ever seen those abstract letter photos? They’ve been around for a while, but they are still a fun unique gift. So how do you take cool photos like that? Well, I’m so glad you asked!

Alphabet photography is essentially taking pictures of objects that look like letters. One good technique for making letter photos is in using the macro-mode. (Here is a link to my macro-mode blog post.) But that doesn't mean that every letter you find has to use macro mode!

Below are some tips for creating some rockin' photography letters!

Here are some tips for making some really cool alphabet photos of your own:

  1. Get in close! Use that macrocode setting. (It’s the one that usually looks like a flower on your camera dial) Get in even closer than you think you do, it makes for less post-editing.macro by Dmitriy Ivanov from the Noun Project


  2. Look intentionally. You may look a little strange to your friends as you lean in uncomfortably close to a fence post or the little pin on the fire extinguisher…but if you aren’t looking for letters, then you won’t find them!
  3. Stay outside. It is just better lighting, and since you will be getting in close to objects, it will make it easier for your camera to focus.
    Photo by form PxHere
    Photo by form PxHere


  4. Make sure you have enough light! Taking pictures outside will help with this, but get out at the right time of day. Get out during daylight hours. (PRO TIP: If you photograph something with direct sunlight, you can show off some good texture!)texture


  5. Avoid distracting backgrounds that interfere with the letter. Position yourself so that you can clearly see the letter and pay attention to what's behind it. If your letter has to compete with the background of the picture, the background will probably win! 
  6. Don't take pictures of letters that already exist (so no billboard or graffiti letters). If you get creative and find letters in very unlikely places!
  7. Oh, and don't forget...HAVE FUN!!! Think outside the box and if you like, you can post your images on my FaceBook page, I'd love to see them!

Also, if you like this photoshoot idea, we’ve got a free photography assignment project page that goes along with this article. Click the button below and enter your email! (Note that you will be added to my email list. No spamming, I promise!)