How do you get such nice white backgrounds in your photographs? Truly curious, ShyShirley
I assume you mean the white backgrounds in my step-by-step tutorials?
Clear, well-lit photos are a MUST when it comes to sharing your craft or DIY tutorials. And having a background that isn’t white or close to it can be distracting when you’re trying to show a step-by-step process. (Though for photos of the finished product it’s often better to see them in action or in a stylized set-up, not on a pristine sterilized white background.)
Since I don’t have a photographic studio or anything, I fudge my photos using these things:
1) A large piece of white posterboard from the craft store. I have to replace it every couple months or so because it gets scratched and gunky.
2) Taking the photos inside near a window, but out of direct sunlight. I’ll always take two shots of the same setup: one using the fill flash attachment to my camera; one without.
If I absolutely *have* to take photos at nighttime (which I hate doing, but sometimes it’s unavoidable) I’ll use a portable Ott-Lite (which is, FYI a really excellent lighting source; super-bright and gets the colors to show up true – the best light I’ve ever used, hands-down…and I don’t know how I crafted or DIY’ed anything prior to getting it LOL;-)) and the fill flash on my camera. This produces very harsh shadows and I usually can only do this for close-ups and detailed tutorials.
3) Messing around with the Levels in Photoshop until the background goes as white as I can get it without losing detail in the object I’m photographing.
I also have a light gray wall in my house that sometimes I photograph things against, using the fill flash and aiming a floor lamp at it.
This is all pretty primitive but it seems to work okay (except when I need to get shots of something that’s bigger than my posterboard!:-(
Hope that helps!
Just stu,bled on your blog! IT'S SO FANTASTIC. First of all, your layout is SO PROFESH. (That's cool talk for “professional.” Like, FYI. (That's also cool talk. Like, BTW.) (Yeah, anyways…)
And your posts are adorable! Your pictures look so pro! I don't have white walls at my house or photoshop, so I have to improvise with beige walls and intensive brightness/contrast adjustment. I mostly try to take pictures outside for that reason, haha.
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This was really helpful!! I'm always photoshopping things out of my pictures that aren't meant to be there. It's slightly hard for me to use a wall because my walls are hot pink haha. But I'm definitely going to go out and buy me a piece of white cardboard. No clue why I never thought of that! Thanks.
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