So this post is long over due as I have had a few
hundred requests to share my tips on how I create my photos! This along with many other blog questions has made me decide to create a new series…Blogging Tips! I hope you are as excited as I am as I can’t wait to share my successes and pitfalls to help out my fellow bloggers.
So to get things rolling, the top 2 questions that I always get asked are, How do I take my photos and what camera do I use? So that my friends is how I will start off this new series 🙂
First of all, allow me to disclaim that I am in NO WAY shape or form a photographer. I struggled for a long time trying to take those perfect pictures to showcase my products in the best way I could. Always missing that opportunity of the day when the natural day light is at it’s best for photos I soon realized that there has to be a better way! So on to google I went and this is what I came up with….
The Photo Light Box!
What is a Photo Light Box and how do they work?
Light boxes work by confining the light from a lamp into a closed chamber and releasing it through at least one layer of diffusion material. As the light passes through the translucent fabric it scatters, producing a very even and soft result.
I built this light box as a DIY Project and will share with you how I did it next week!
*You can purchase them as well, but now you’re talking about a serious investment.
I was so freakin’ excited when the box was complete and it was time to take my first pictures! I also had recently bought an amazing camera ~ The Canon Rebel T4i ~ and it was time to make magic! But that was all a dream and I suppose I was naive to assume that it was going to be that simple. So allow me to warn you that buying or building a Photo Light Box and using the most amazing camera will NOT instantly make your pictures fabulous! I learnt this the hard way 😦
Sure my camera has all the abilities to enable the perfect light and speed and whatever else these fancy cameras do but if you don’t know how to use them; the settings, (and there are ALOT) then save your money unless you are willing to put in a lot of time, effort, research and probably some classes to learn how to use the darn thing.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my camera! I use it all the time to capture those precious moments. It has many built in settings to make taking nice pictures easy. But to use in conjunction with the light box was just way out of my league.
So what camera do I use then??
I recently purchased the Iphone 6 but have taken most of my pictures from an Iphone 5C. In my opinion, they produce the same quality for the purpose of light box photos.
I would say that 95% of my photos are taken from my phone. I can’t tell you the science behind it but for whatever reason, it works amazingly with my light box! I wish I could tell you that that was it. That I take pictures on my phone and upload them to post and Voila, but unfortunately that is not the case.
Editing is the key to great Photos!
I edit. I edit ALOT! On the plus side, all my pictures are on my phone so I have an endless array of photo editing apps to choose from to make my pictures just how I want them. Some times, I will use up to 6 different apps just to get the right effect.Yes it seems like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. I now know exactly what I want from each app and am able to edit a picture in just a few minutes.
Also, a major bonus is that you can edit anytime, anywhere!
TIP: My favorite app is Camera+. The BackLit Scene Option is by far the best tool I have ever come across!
I also have a fancy photo shop program on my PC that I will use at times, but again, the learning curve is steep and for now, the simple, easy to use apps do the trick for what I need them for. They don’t always turn out great, and sometimes I cringe at what I am uploading but I do my best and that’s all I can ask of myself.
The drop cloth on the back of my light box is simply poster board purchased from the dollar store. It allows me to take pictures without any creases or edges. I have a ton of different colors that I intended on using depending on the product to be photographed, however, I tend to stick with plain ol’ white as I like simplicity and I guess it’s just my thing. But of course, using props and colors will definitely add some life to your photos if that’s what you’re going for.
TIP: I use Makeup Sponges to prop up products or to get a pencil to stay put without rolling away. Because of their texture, they don’t slide around therefor keeping the product right where I want them.
(I would use a much smaller piece for the pencil if this were for a post so that you couldn’t see it. I am simply demonstrating the method I use)
Before and after Photos
You can see that without propping up some of the items the photo lacks depth.
This pictures speak a thousand words…Editing makes all the difference!
Tip: Always copyright your photos! You have put so much time and effort into them…be proud of your photos and don’t let anyone else take the credit that you deserve.