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Old 01-02-2009, 11:01 AM   #1  
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Question How do you take a good picture of your layout for posting?

We have a scanner but I scrap 12x12 and would have to scan twice and stitch it together. I HATE technology (don't own a cell and don't know how to work one, DH just got me my first Ipod this Christmas and he uploads all the songs for me, and I'm 33 so I know I'm strange!) so I don't want to learn that. But taking a picture...I already know how to work the camera so I'm willing to pick up some pointers in this area.

What's the best way to take the photo of a 12x12 layout so that the viewer can get a good idea of what the layout looks like? Or is scanning really the best way to show details and I should just tell my husband (the computer programmer) that he needs to learn how to scan and stitch ?
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:49 AM   #2  
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Best way I've found is to do it outside during the day but in the shade - that way you aren't getting the shadows but you also aren't using the flash either.

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Great question! Thanks for asking! I have the same problem. I've thought about building a light box for all my pictures. Now if I could just remember who posted those instructions on their blog.....
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Great question! Thanks for asking! I have the same problem. I've thought about building a light box for all my pictures. Now if I could just remember who posted those instructions on their blog.....
You know, I built my own light box about a year ago. I don't always use it, but it does come in handy. Being in Australia, I often do my challenges at night and if I want to add them here straight away, well, I don't always have the benefit of natural light.

So - this is how I built my box:

1. I used an ordinary cardboard box - in fact, it's a Stampin' Up box that one of my orders was shipped to me in!!!! It's fairly big, so I can easily stand 2, 12x12 pages up inside quite easily.

2. You need to cut out the "middles" of both short ends of the box and one of the sides of the box - this is where you put your tissue paper to allow the light to come through.

3. Cover the "windows" with tissue paper (white tissue paper).

4. I then covered the inside of my box with white printer paper - trouble with that is, you can see the joins in the paper, however, most people will be looking at your creations, not the box you've put them in to photograph them well - LOL!!!!!

5. You need to cut the two long flaps off the box and leave the two short flaps in place to steady your box and to alter the amount of light coming into your box.

When using the box to photograph, you can place a light anywhere near the box and have it shining through any of the windows you've created. I've attached a photograph of my box empty, and with something inside, so you can see how it works.

I hope this helps!!!!!
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Thanks so much for the "tip" about your box.
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what a clever idea about the tissue paper!
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I just blu-tack mine to a white wall at my eye height, making sure the room is well lit from a window nearby and then stand right back, zoom in (in case the camera flashes). I then crop the excess on the computer.
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I have to try these because I have the same problem. Usually for the challenges I adapt them and do some 8 1/2x11, but I would really rather do most of them full size. Nice to know I'm not alone!
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You know, I built my own light box about a year ago. I don't always use it, but it does come in handy. Being in Australia, I often do my challenges at night and if I want to add them here straight away, well, I don't always have the benefit of natural light.

So - this is how I built my box:

1. I used an ordinary cardboard box - in fact, it's a Stampin' Up box that one of my orders was shipped to me in!!!! It's fairly big, so I can easily stand 2, 12x12 pages up inside quite easily.

2. You need to cut out the "middles" of both short ends of the box and one of the sides of the box - this is where you put your tissue paper to allow the light to come through.

3. Cover the "windows" with tissue paper (white tissue paper).

4. I then covered the inside of my box with white printer paper - trouble with that is, you can see the joins in the paper, however, most people will be looking at your creations, not the box you've put them in to photograph them well - LOL!!!!!

5. You need to cut the two long flaps off the box and leave the two short flaps in place to steady your box and to alter the amount of light coming into your box.

When using the box to photograph, you can place a light anywhere near the box and have it shining through any of the windows you've created. I've attached a photograph of my box empty, and with something inside, so you can see how it works.

I hope this helps!!!!!
Thanks for sharing this--I think I'm going to make one and give it a try!
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I do most of mine on the dining table. It has great natural light coming in and I always it decorated You can see samples in my blog. I haven't posted much to the gallery... you might find one or two with this setting.
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