When shooting your scrapbook pages or altered projects it best to use natural light.
Seriously- use. natural. light.
"But the only time I have for crafting is at night!" You say.
Shooting your project is just as important as actually making it. A good photo can make a mediocre project shine but a great project will be ignored if the photo is bad.
So here's what you do: during your lunch break, whip out that LO and shoot it outside. Answer all the bewildered questions you get- maybe you'll make some new scrap friends!
"But I work in a public place with no privacy!" or my excuse- "I have no 'lunch break'!!! I am a MOM!"
Shoot in natural light. Your babies/co-workers/the building wall are all camera assistants!
Ofcourse if you have a toddler like I do, you will need a distraction for him or her or they will tear your wonderful creation to pieces before your very eyes- and they will giggle as they stomp on the remains- but I don't have to tell YOU that!
|SIDE LIGHT- shot inside with white card board opposite the light coming in from the window in|
order to bounce light onto the page. NOTICE THE VELUM IS MORE VISIBLE NOW.
Ok that is a very legitimate concern!
TRY THIS: Bounce light tutorial. Seriously- click on those words!
All you need is a window with direct light, aluminum foil, cardboard and a clamp- 12 bucks mostly for the clamp! The result are catalogue worthy product shots- TRUST- it's from Etsy.
AND- for best results stick your creation to the building wall using pop dots or high tack double sided tape and shoot it STRAIGHT ON AT EYE LEVEL.
You can also put it on the floor and stand over it but this requires lots of fussing around to make sure the corners are straight and that you aren't shooting at angle which makes your page all wonky looking- it's harder to do- skip it.
|CLOUDY DAY- overall color change to a cooler "blue" tint. |
Top vellum piece is completely gone- if you want colors to "pop" and vellum or transparent
pieces to show more wait for a brighter day.
Here are some other examples:
Does this help? I'm thinking my examples all look the same right? Perhaps more stark examples are called for. I was checking how light falls on my projects over the weekend and realized this may be a good time to WRITE DOWN what I noticed- so I'm also telling MYSELF this- we're all in the same boat. Please leave a comment letting me know if I helped you out!! I would love to hear from you.
|This photo is only "interesting" because of the shadows- make shadows work for|
you and add texture and visual complexity to your projects.