Sunday, August 24, 2008
Photos On My Blog
Okay, so I've had a lot of questions lately about the photos on my blog. You will probably think this is funny, but I do not do anything special. Someday, I will invest in one of those fancy photo cube thingies, but for now, this is what I do.
You know the sheets of cardboard that come in the back of the designer packs of paper from Stampin' Up!? I use two of those, on a chair in front of a window! I'm not kidding. It works best when you can get as much natural light as possible.... which sometimes is a real challenge here on the OR coast. I also have a light that I turn on with one of those natural light bulbs in it... you know, one of the twirlie ones? You can get them at Walmart, BiMart... pretty much wherever you shop. They are around $5.00.
I set up my card in the center of the bottom piece of cardboard. I then back up and hit the macro setting on my camera. I zoom in a bit, but not too close, because I crop later. I take about 6-8 photos moving the camera slightly each time. I then upload them to Microsoft Picture It! It's a program that came with my version of XP. I usually hit the auto fix, but sometimes it makes the colors funky so I will go and fiddle with the brightness and contrast a bit. I don't like to fiddle too much though, because then it's me that makes it too funky. I then crop it , and add a feature called soft. It makes the edges kinda soft or fuzzy white. Then, I add my watermark, hit save as web ready photo, and hit save. I always get better photos on nicer, brighter days.... it's all the natural light baby!
So, there ya have it. If you've got any tips or tricks to share, I'd love to hear them! I'm always looking for other options or ways to improve. Hope you had a super weekend.... thanks for stopping by!