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Old 12-17-2010, 12:24 PM   #1  
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I have made a few cards, and made another yesterday that have a lot of white on white in the background but you can't see it in the photo at all.

Any tips on shooting a white on white card?
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Yea, I know what you mean. That is one of the hardest shots for me to get. I don't have all those fancy lights and filters to get the photos to come out that will show the cards at their best.
I hope someone has answers without the fancy set up, and yes I do use my photo editing program to help enhance the photo.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:00 PM   #3  
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I photograph a majority of my cards on a black background. Nothing fancy, just black cardstock adhered to chipboard.

Attached is an example.


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I used my black SU apron for awhile as my background. Then I started just leaving my desk stuff in the background. The most recent white card I did I ended up using a couple pieces of chipboard as my background.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:30 PM   #5  
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I could try putting it up against a black background, but does that help white on white stamping show up better? White ink on white cardstock?

I also use the photo editing program that came with the computer, in this case it doesn't seem to help much.
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Oh duh. Ha ha. I thought you were talking about photgraphing a white card on a white background.

Maybe holding it up at an angle so the light catches it.
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i would shoot a white card on a light or white background. side lit is good if possible. The reason for the light background is the way the camera picks up the light. Against too dark a background the contrasts will be too great and will wash out the subtle white on whites.

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I also use a black background and under the card too!
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If you're using your flash, you might want to turn it off. I also use an Ott light to the side and a gooseneck lamp over the card. And I would use a solid color background (other than white).
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Here is one of those cards that I found very hard to photograph, inside or outside.

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my camera has different settings such as "snow", "beach", "text" and "flower" among other settings. It is just a Fugi point and shoot nothing too expensive.

Also you can take the picture, upload to pinik.com and "play" around with the picture settings.

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I don't have a digital camera and have always been kind of unhappy with the look of my cards when I scan them on my printer to upload in the gallery.

But this year's Christmas card is white cardstock with Cuttlebug embossing, and guess what, it really scanned pretty well:
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I was going to suggest the scanner option,I find it often works better for white. It helps that you can play with the settings on your scanner before you do the proper scan, so can adjust them until your image shows well.Doesn't work so well for holographic though, I tried with a card I put on my blog this week. I think a photo would have been better in this case,lol.
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That is a good idea, I think later I'll try the scanner.
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try photographing it in natural light or Ott light. Don't use the flash. Try different angles to see which one picks up the details of the card better. Sometimes straight on is hard to see the details. Sometimes i turn the card and photograph it more from the side. I would also place th card on a darker background to play up the whites more.
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Here's a card with a white card with a white background. Use natural light that isn't direct. Too harsh a light will wash it out. I always edit my photos after as well. You'll need to lighten the levels in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
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Julia - BEAUTIFUL card!
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Here is one with the black background.
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Well, that did not show up so great in the thumbnail picture! LOL!
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Julia and Cathleen, they are both beautiful cards.
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When photographing with a white background it is important to only light the background and not the object so much. I would put my direct light on the white background and then put a lower power light on the object. This will blow the white background out and leave your imagine in the photo. At least this works in studio photography. You want to make sure that your object is not real close to the background also. Hope this helps.
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Here is one with the black background.
I thought it turned out great, the photo as well as the card!
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When photographing with a white background it is important to only light the background and not the object so much. I would put my direct light on the white background and then put a lower power light on the object. This will blow the white background out and leave your imagine in the photo. At least this works in studio photography. You want to make sure that your object is not real close to the background also. Hope this helps.
I will have to give this a try the next time I try to photograph a mostly white card.
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White on white is tricky! I've gotten the best results with indirect natural light (the kind you get just inside a North- or South-facing window), a reflector (a white foam core board works great), a kraft or gray background, and taking a lot of shots from different angles.
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