- Create a light box (or use natural light) – my apt doesn’t get too much natural light so I created a light box. Do not be lazy like me and put off creating a light box. It was the best thing I have done and it only took about 20 minutes!
- Learn about the manual settings on your camera – after I learned what the exposure and white balance were, my pictures naturally came out nicer.
- Use a tripod with a timer – if you have problems with blurry photos I recommend a tripod. I got one for less than $20 at Target. Even when using the tripod, use your camera’s timer. Even on a tripod, snapping a photo can make the camera wiggle. Using a timer prevents camera shaking resulting in crisp, clear photos.
- Position your items in a fun, eye-catching way – I found that this can be difficult when using a tripod. Luckily my camera has image stabilization so can get by without always using my tripod.
- Use a photo editing software – even after I adjust my camera settings I always need to edit my photos. I typically crop, adjust brightness and contrast, and resize my images.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Photo Project Woes and Tips
This past weekend I started a project to redo some of the awful photos in my shop. As with many people photos are a constant struggle with me. First they are too dark, and then they are too bright. Even after adjusting the settings on my camera and creating a light box, I still have to open them in Photoshop to adjust the brightness and contrast. It is a never ending, vicious cycle! Although I’m still not 100% happy with my final product I thought it would be helpful to pass along some tips that I’ve learned since starting. Please take them with a grain of salt as I am by no means a pro!