Todays something Different is in answer to a lot of questions I have received regarding how I take my photo's. One comment was regarding how this persons pictures (I'm not saying who 'cus I don't agree I think her pictures look great) make all her cards look flat. Therefore todays blog post is on my homemade Light box and how I take my pictures.
Firstly I do not use any expensive equipment, My camera was a gift from the OH for my birthday however as a canny Yorkshire man I don't agree with wasting money so this was less than £100 and not an SLR or anything fancy.
Secondly the light box cost less than €30! (don't you love the Chino shops, guess in the U.K. we're talking pound shops and the ilk) I thought I would start with showing a card pictured flat on my desk...
The light box is made with an old table we had outside around the pool so it took a real battering. This is stood on an old desk in the built in wardrobe in my craft room. I simply draped a white sheet over it to cover the sides, top and back.
Next I attached a large sheet of white paper to the back of the table draping down so that it touched the front. This is so that there is no seem in the pictures, this makes a great blank canvas to photograph against.
Finally I use four spotlights, one on top, one each side and one at the front. This makes a really bright light although I haven't got I quite right yet as I want to remove all shadows!
This is the box lit up...
The next picture shows the card placed in the box, I have added some props to add interest to the picture. I search charity shops, my craft stash and even my own home to find things that will match the cards I show. I always try to find items that match in colour or style the item I am photographing, its amazing what you can find.
Once taken the picture is usually flooded with an orange cast light therefor when I load it into my PC (I use Picasa 3) I correct the colour and contrast using the built in options in the program. Next I straighten the image as I usually take them wonky finally I crop the image to remove the edge of the box and make the card the focal point.
This, Final image, shows the finished result although it doesn't sound it, it is cheap and simple.
Supplies List for Card
Spellbinders - Gold Labels 4, Labels 4,
Waltzing Mouse Stamp
Embossing Folder Creative Expressions
Card & Ribbon from stash.