Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Picture Perfect Sympathy Card

So if you've read through my blog posts you'll note that my chief complaint is with my photography. It's kind of ironic since my dad is an avid photographer and has read probably EVERY book ever written on the subject. But I just didn't inherit his genes for understanding how to take a good photo. For me it is usually just luck.

Don't get me wrong, I've tried to learn. I've amassed my own collection of photography guides and I upgraded to a digital SLR in hopes of learning more. But I tend to just set the camera to Auto mode and shoot away until I have a photo that looks pretty decent. But as I have started to post more to this blog, I realized that I was going to have to change my technique if I had any hope of taking pictures of my cards that weren't all tinted blue.

Dad found this great book called The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos: the best techniques for showcasing your handmade creations, by Heidi Adnum and passed it along to me. In simple, one page directions, she runs through a variety of techniques to improve your photography, including how to build a photo tent. So now I look like I know what I am doing, even though I really don't. 

The photo tent is constructed from a large cardboard box with the top and sides cut out and lined with parchment paper. Attached to the back is a long piece of white drawing paper (but I am sure you could use a piece of cotton fabric as well. I still need to learn how to play with the lighting...but for my first attempt, I was pleased to see that the usual dark shadows were eliminated and the colors more true. (Note: I did use a piece of white card stock to diffuse the light from the flash as well since photos taken without the flash appeared a bit yellower (warmer).

You can see today's creation, a sympathy card made with pale purple papers, which usually appear to be gray in my old photos, but now are more authentic with the help of the diffused lighting in the photo tent.

I still have lots to learn, but at least now I am on the right path. My Dad will be so proud!

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