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Old 08-08-2006, 01:24 PM   #1  
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Question Taking Photos

Sorry guys, didn't know where to post this one!

My question is, how do you guys take such good pictures of your cards. I mean, I know it helps to have a good camera, but my main focus, is how it looks so flat. Also, when I am taking a picture, I always leave some background around my card. Others don't. Do you use crop? Look at my gallery, im not sure how to make my pictures look better. Any advice?

Sorry about this crummy thread. I know its not really related to stamping, im just really stumped.

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Old 08-08-2006, 01:31 PM   #2  
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Scanner my dear... scanners work wonders. The only time I take a photo of my cards now is when my scanner doesn't pick up the colours or scans the card wonky. Good luck!
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If I can't get the card to lay pretty flat when closed, I open the card, take the picture mostly of the front and then crop the picture. I usually crop out the background anyway.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:50 PM   #4  
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I have tried so many different things. I'm not a photo expert by any means so I probably make things harder than they need to be. I find my best photos are ones taken outside in natural light. Sunny days are best. This card was outside but the flash did go off. I tried to scan this card first but the colors were very distorted so I took it outside and took the picture.

This one is in natural sunlight with no flash.

If you check out my gallery you'll see I've got a wide range of indoor photos, outdoor and scanned images. I keep trying different things. I especially like photos so I can show dimension or glitter. I ususally have to crop out some of my background before I upload but that's it.

Hopes this helps.
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I also use my scanner. I just cant get good photos with my digital camera, unless I try about 50 times ... lol ...
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I did take a look at your gallery and first of all, your cards are very cute! Anyway, while I don't think the pics are bad at all, it does look like they could be in sharper focus. I'm not familiar with any cameras other than my own, so I can't really offer any advice on that other than checking your manual or searching the web for any info on focus. There's also the basic advice of trying to take the pics with a very stead hand, and keeping the camera still for a few seconds right after you press the button. If you have auto focus on your camera, make sure you're giving it a chance to kick in and don't press the button down too quickly.

Also, I find that I generally like my pics better with a solid cardstock background or white fabric background and also when the card is standing up. I set a chair up right next to my open front door, lay a white sheet/pillowcase/etc. over the chair, stand the card up on the seat, and take the picture directly at eye level with the card. The time of day and the direction your house faces will make a big difference in how the colors turn out. If I'm too lazy to get out the fabric, I take some SU white cardstock and set one piece flat on the chair and one piece standing up against the back of the chair. On cards with a funky shape or fold you can prop them up against a small block or whatever or use a little easel (sp?) found in the frame section of craft stores/Wal-Mart, etc.

I hope some of this helps! I'm also constantly trying to improve the picture quality of my cards, so I think your question is a great one.
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