Monday, April 25, 2011

Shooting A Layout

.....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)
B. Straighten
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!

19 comments:

  1. What a great idea. I never seem to get good pictures. Mine always seem to need to be straigthened and then I still cut off some of the sides. I will have to try your ideas. Thanks

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  2. What a great post! Lovely to hear your ideas about photogrpahing LOs!

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  3. Finding light here is the main thing I struggle with - and I'm not good at taking the photo straight so I tend to prop mine up in a way that disguises that fact!

    I'm glad you photographed this one - I like it very much indeed.

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  4. Great process! I'm lazy, so most of my photos are taken with my iPhone and uploaded to Picasa straight from there -- I do my editing in Picnik (love! so easy!). My struggle lately has been light -- until a few days ago, it's just been so grey :(

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  5. Thanks for sharing your tips, Sue. I'll have to try the tape on the railing trick!

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  6. You appear to have a great system for photographing your layouts! I try to take the pictures outside but not in direct sunlight but otherwise I have one place inside of the house that works pretty well during the day. BTW, how fabulous is this layout! Great journaling!!! Love that coat in the middle pic, would love one just like it for Marin!

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  7. Fun layout - I love the clever journaling down the center. I'm lucky that my craft room gets pretty good light, so I don't have to do anything special. I'm the opposite - I've never gotten good results with my layouts up against something but I do get better results just standing over it or standing on a chair. Go figure! :)

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  8. I JUST posted a question on my blog about how to take better pics of my LOs. And then go down my blog roll to find this post. THANKS! I linked to you from my blog www.19-fifty.blogspot.com.

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  9. Great tips. My biggest issue is finding the natural light. It just doesn't seem to make it in my apartment.

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  10. I really like posts like this - thank you for taking the time :0)

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  11. Love the tape on the railing! That cracked me up for some reason :) My method is similar, but since I photograph mostly cards, I have a background. If I feel like it, I'll take my project outside, but sometimes the wind just annoys me :)

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  12. you always have a great process. I may try this with the tape. I struggle with picture taking of my layouts. off to google iphoto. love the layout too. super cute pics.

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  13. You always seem to have great layout images. I have a hard time getting good lighting. Lately I have been lazy and just going with whatever I can get!

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  14. Thanks so much for sharing your process. I have tried the standing-on-a-chair and can never get a good shot. I might have to try out some of these suggestions!

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  15. Wow, I think I'm going to try your tips. Your photos of the layout look great!

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  16. Great post! I love iphoto. You have a great system going on there. I love your layout, btw. Goes without saying! ;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Great ideas. I've tried attaching to a wall and shooting but haven't tried the stair railing. I keep getting keystoning.

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