How to Improve your Photos

Hi friends. One of the most difficult things to master when it comes to sharing our projects is photography. This is something I see and hear so many people struggling with, myself included. I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way and figured I would share them with you.

The first is staging your photos. This basically means items in the background. Personally, I don't do a whole lot of staging for the simple fact that it is not something I am good at. I may throw in a few markers and some embellishments but that is the extent of my staging. Some people may use flowers, products used, or even platform for their card to be on, such as a plate, or a tile. Keep in mind, you should never use the stamp set itself as part of your photo, due to possible copyright issues. I think we have all heard about the theft of these images.

Next, we can think about the background. I use a poster board for my background, but you can easily use a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper. You will want to make sure that you use something with a subtle pattern so that your card is still the star of the show.

The thing that most of struggle with the most is lighting. I use photography lights, but still don't always get the best results. Some of us are fortunate to use natural light, but most of us aren't. There are several apps and programs you can use to brighten up your photos with just a few clicks. Below you will see a before and after photo showing the difference.

I use PicMonkey to edit my photos. There is a free version that will work find for this purpose. Just keep in mind, if you lighten the photo, you may also have to adjust the contrast a bit.

Finally, let's talk about positioning of your cards. While I think we all enjoy seeing some close up shots of the project, it is important to share multiple angles, especially on your blog. This way, we can see shimmer, dimension, shine and whatever other detail you may add. For your main photo that you will share on social media, you will want to make sure you have a little bit of the background showing. This is just more appealing to the eye. See the difference?

Also, try to include a photo from an angle so that we can see all those details.

Photography is one of those things that we will always be looking to improve, but I hope some of these tips and tricks will help.

Thanks for stopping by- Courtney Kreeber

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