Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photo Op

As you might remember, we moved about a year ago to a much smaller house. Not only is it small, the inside lighting leaves much to be desired when it comes to taking photo's for my blog. I'm not complaining, I love our little... and it cleans up so fast! YAY! That leaves more time for creating. However, I was finding it very difficult to get a good picture of my creations.

Soooooooooooo I went in search of a solution.

You probably have noticed that most of my pictures have a white background and a white "floor" to them. How did I do that? How did I block out the unnecessary "stuff" that would  be in the background when taking a photo?

I don't have room for one of those fancy light boxes you've probably seen. I own one, but don't use it because there is no where to set it up. (I should probably sell that thing). So I went to our local WalMart and found a smaller version of the boards that are used for Science Fairs - you know the type - tri-fold cardboard. It works quite well on our kitchen table which sets in front of a nice natural light source (a sliding glass door). I use a piece of copy paper on the table and place the tri-fold piece on it to block out the "stuff" that otherwise would show up in the picture (since our kitchen is full of "stuff").

Obviously, I place the paper completely under the tri-fold piece, but in the picture I slanted it so you could get a better idea of what I was talking about.

Well..... yesterday (did you see my card yesterday?) I had a card with a lot of white. I didn't think it would show up very well on this white background. Soooooo I tried to think of a cheap (can anyone say "free) solution.

A T-Shirt!

I went to my closet and pulled out a plain black t-shirt and draped it over the tri-fold cardboard piece.

It worked perfectly.

Just in case you missed yesterday's post, here's a copy of a picture from it:

Photo taking just got more creative! And the good news is: I have lots of t-shirts in lots of colors!

Just imagine what you'll be seeing as the background in my pictures in the future?!?!?1?


April said...

Good info....and you made me giggle this morning wondering when the flannel shirt will come into play ;-)

Marilyn said...

This is a great idea! What department in Walmart do you find those science fair boards? I need to get one so would appreciate the pointer, otherwise, I'll be wandering Walmart for days and days and days!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Great idea! It made me think that I need to drag out my 'poor man's lightbox' too!

Yours is deluxe!!! I made mine out of scored cardstock, scotch tape and crossed fingers.

I get lazy and put mine up on a table.......

Athina said...

Great idea! I have been looking for a better way to take pics. Tfs

kiwimeskreations said...

Sounds familiar - I use a white drape over whatever is handy and where ever the light is best :-)

Barb said...

What a smart cookie--love your thought process!

Darlene said...

Well, well, well, lookie here! Once again, you've given me some great help with a chronic problem I have with my pictures. Thank you very much for sharing!!

Heather B said...

Great ideas!!