.....with my camera, of course. Not that I haven't been tempted to do violence to a page that just isn't coming together. But I digress.
Getting a layout from scrap room to camera to blog post is a pretty simple process for me. I just don't have the time to attempt anything too complicated. When shooting my layout, I'm looking for three basic items.
#1 Natural Light - Fortunately I am blessed with some wonderful windows in our great room, so even on a cloudy day I can usually get enough light for a photo shoot. So I open the blinds and head for my next item...
#2 A Flat, Level Surface - I've tried the standing-on-a-chair overhead shots and never been happy with the results. Our stair railing and some tape finally solved that problem. Now I'm ready for my third and final item....
#3 Optimal Camera Settings - which for me includes no flash, an ISO of 400 and daylight setting if it's sunny, or an ISO of 800 and cloudy setting if the sun is hiding. A steady hand is helpful. I end up with a photo on my camera that looks something like this. I tend to shoot anywhere from 3 to 6 layouts at a time. This batch method is more efficient for me, as I perform the same tasks repeatedly.
I download to iPhoto, select the best shots, and perform three more tasks before exporting:
A. Crop (using the constrain to a square setting for a 12x12 layout)
C. Enhance (sometimes not even this if it makes the colors too bright)
And the finished product you see on my blog looks something like this....
I add a few close-ups and call it a day.
Do you have a quick and easy system to get photos on your blog? Is there anything that's a struggle? Do you have any tips for me? I'm always open to suggestions!
Speaking of suggestions, if you haven't taken my blog poll, I'd sure appreciate a minute of your time!