Make Do Monday: taking project photos.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I often like to challenge myself to use what I have on hand instead of running out to the store to buy something new.  So here's my series of posts on 'making do' with what you have.

One of the items at the top of my Goal List for this year is to improve my project photography.  I just LOVE looking at beautiful projects, but what I love more is looking at beautiful projects that are beautifully photographed.  I have been spending lots of time lately admiring studying project photos of my favorite scrapbookers and projects to get ideas on ways to better my project photos.

One of the easiest solutions I have found to better my project photos is to take my photos on a plain background.  I just LOVE the look of projects on a WHITE desktop: so clean and it lets the projects truly shine.  Unfortuntely I don't have a white desktop.  Mine is a dark espresso brown, which doesn't always photograph well.  There's tons of tutorials online on how you can build your own set-up to take great project photos, but since I'm not quite ready to invest in all that, I chose to 'make do.'  Cue some 12x12 cardstock.  I chose white and blue textured cardstock to use for my recent tags and cards projects that I created.

How to:
  • Simply place the cardstock on a flat surface.
  • Place your project on top and photograph.
  • For close-ups, try adding a doily or other die cut to fancy it up a bit.
Other tips to try:
  • Switch out the cardstock for some patterned paper that matches your project (you can even use the same product if you have extra!)  Also, add some embellishments from the same collection for a more detailed look.
  • Look for backgrounds in unexpected places.  I don't know about you but I am still loving the look of woodgrain.  While we don't have any woodgrain IN our apartment, our balcony is a nice woodgrain.  I love using this background for mini albums!  (Below is a sneak of a mini album I will be sharing later this week).
My next step is to try 'staging' my photos.  It's hard to do this when you don't have a lot of props, so I'm still working on this one.  I tried photographing a few projects in this 'staged' style and they didn't come out so well, so I've got some work to do in that department.
Got any tips or tricks for photographing your projects?  Please share!
Kelster Jean

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  1. Interesting! For a white background... Did you try the washing machine?! I am not kidding. Mineis white and on a white wall. I use a folder to hold two white cardstock for the "sides", and it's not bad for photographying cards, because my cleaning room is the most sunny room. :)

  2. Great tips! I find things around the house to use for styling...small baskets (great texture), a little wooden easel my hubby made for me, a jar of seashells. I use these items for staging smaller projects, like cards and altered projects, but not my layouts.

  3. Great tips, thanks so much for taking the time to share them. Love your cards & tags too! :)

  4. I do the same thing when I take pics of my cards. I am going to try paper straw easels to see how that works too.

  5. Making do helps fuel the creativity! These are good tips.


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