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?

8 comments:

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

MaxineD said...

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

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!!