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How does everyone take pictures of projects?
I use white card stock for my sides, back and bottom. I've seen mention of boxes. Would that be plywood, or other material, painted white? Off white? What size did you build it? I was thinking of asking my DH to make an open ended box w/, a floor, 2 sides and back, no top or front of course! Let's share how we photograph! Thanks!
-Lori

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Hi Lori! I think what you have seen mentioned is a photo box. It is a box designed to take photographs. A lot of places sell them (many advertise it as a box to take photos for websites like Ebay, etc!)

It comes with two small lights that you place on either side...one is for backlighting and the other to give light to the front of the object. The walls are made to diffuse the light. Kurtis knows a lot about this stuff---he is on the DT and the link to his blog is on the front page of StampTV!---I know he has done a tutorial on this and other topics, like watermarking!)

Hope this helps!!
Here is what I use:

Light Shed

It came with a white and black drop clock, I usually use the black because I havent figured out my camera yet, lol! (all my white comes out looking pink for some reason...all I know is it has to do with the white balance..?) BUT, if you DH could build you something like you are talking about, it would be much more sturdier! Because this light shed is all cloth, has velcro and zippers...do not like that about it. Then only thing I DO like about it is the lighting it came with. I just wish I could figure out this fancy camera I have now...the book to it is about an inch thick, lol!
I use something similar to Cat's........although I like that one better Cat!! The lights mine came with aren't bright enough, so hubby got some $5 mini trouble lights at Home Depot........I'm still not totally happy with my pictures.......so I'm gonna try some different lights and placement. I use an 11x17 white sheet of paper for the bottom and sometimes some props, sometimes not. It's all a matter of what I'm in the mood to do or if I'm under major time constraints!! I admit I'm also needing to spend a bit more time with Photoshop and learn some more techniques there! I do enjoy the photographing however........I usually take several shots of one card/project to try different settings.
I did a post a while back about how I take my photos, what software I use, what equipment I use, etc. Here's the link to it:

FAQ about my photos

Hope this helps. :) There's some cool links for setting up your own photo tent or photo box. :)
Sooooooo glad someone asked this question. None of the pics that I ever take of my cards turn out very well (regardless of the settings) so I'm thankful to have something really solid to read up on here.

I hope that with some really good info (provided by you wonderful people), my cards won't look as bad as maybe I think they do.

Thanks again!
I use a "light box" that hubby made from a cardboard box. We lined it with white 12 x 12 cardstock. I used a cheap lamp for a while, but recently bought an Ott light. The Ott light is great!
I also use a handmade light box and found a free website where you can edit your photos. PHIXR
Erika,
What a great tutorial!!!
Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said:
I did a post a while back about how I take my photos, what software I use, what equipment I use, etc. Here's the link to it:

FAQ about my photos

Hope this helps. :) There's some cool links for setting up your own photo tent or photo box. :)
Erica this is fabulous - thanks so much - I already downloaded the PS plug in demo that you recommended - I can see how it will REALLY help me get better colors - question - HOW do you stamp/photograph outside - doesn't your stuff blow all over? Seems like it's always windy here (maybe that's why it's called the Windy City LOL). I often have to work at night so don't get the natural daylight option for photography. Thanks for the tip about using the SU white cardboard that comes in the DP packs - I have lots of those - my 8-1/2 x 11's just aren't QUITE big enough -

One final question - how do you heal the joint - I have PS CS3 but don't know which tool you are using to do that. Thanks again for great info.

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said:
I did a post a while back about how I take my photos, what software I use, what equipment I use, etc. Here's the link to it:

FAQ about my photos

Hope this helps. :) There's some cool links for setting up your own photo tent or photo box. :)
I also use a photobox that came with two lights and four different colored background cloths (white, black, gray, and bright blue). Before the photobox (which I LOVE, by the way), I use to use two pieces of SU's white cs. I often have to take my pictures at night or early in the morning, so I don't have the advantage of the natural daylight, and I really like the white lights that came with my photobox studio. Occasionally, I've tried to take pictures outdoors, but our Michigan weather is all over the place so I rarely found a "perfect" weather day to do so. Now, I'm trying to learn more about my camera settings and using the white balance. That's probably going to take some time! ha! ha! Good luck to you, Lori!
wow, Erika! your tutorial is awesome - thanks for sharing!!!
Stampin Pam said:
Erica this is fabulous - thanks so much - I already downloaded the PS plug in demo that you recommended - I can see how it will REALLY help me get better colors - question - HOW do you stamp/photograph outside - doesn't your stuff blow all over? Seems like it's always windy here (maybe that's why it's called the Windy City LOL). I often have to work at night so don't get the natural daylight option for photography. Thanks for the tip about using the SU white cardboard that comes in the DP packs - I have lots of those - my 8-1/2 x 11's just aren't QUITE big enough -

One final question - how do you heal the joint - I have PS CS3 but don't know which tool you are using to do that. Thanks again for great info.

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said:
I did a post a while back about how I take my photos, what software I use, what equipment I use, etc. Here's the link to it:

FAQ about my photos

Hope this helps. :) There's some cool links for setting up your own photo tent or photo box. :)


Pam, I try to do my photographing when it's not overly windy out. If you find that it's just too windy for you, set your card up on a table or chair next to a window. That's my back up plan when I just can't get outside because of the weather.

As for the ""healing" in PS, I use the little tool that looks like a band-aid in the tool bar. it's called the "Healing tool." You can also use the Clone tool to do this.

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