Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blogging Tips ~*~ More Photo Tips~*~

If you like white backgrounds in photos, and you would like to incorporate white into your own photos on your blog.

Mug Rug

Here are a few more tips.

2 weeks ago I gave you a homework assignment to take some photos in front of a window.
Chair
Many of you commented/emailed that you couldn't wait for a sunny day to try it.

If you didn't know. I live in Oregon. (the foresty-mountainy-rivery part) we have little sunshine in these parts. Several months out of the year it's overcast.

I rarely have sun to take my pictures in. There are lots of days that look like this...

This photo was taken looking out my front door

Truthfully. Sun is not always such a good thing for picture taking it can be harsh and wash things out. So don't wait for the sun. Read the rest of this post, then go set something by a window or a open door and click away. You might be surprised.

A white chair works for me,
a)I have one
b) it sits next to the window, so it's very convenient for me.


But I have used other things to take photos of projects. Here are a few examples.


Here I used two scrap pieces of bead board set on my desk in my studio next to the window...

Valentine Tic Tacs

This is my entry way with the door open...
Apron

And this one too...
Apron in a Jar

This photo was taken on my kitchen counter on a gray day...


Here is where and how the photo was taken...


This photo was taken on my desk in my studio, next to the window...
Fabric Basket


This photo was taken in the garage on a rainy dark dreary day with the door open. I used my little white table with red legs that normally sits on my front porch, and a scrap piece of bead board behind
Pie on Tin Basket

I also had questions about camera's. I do have a really nice camera now...
But, I have used 5 different cameras since I first started blogging. Everything from my husbands old K1000; on film, scanned, saved and loaded to my blog...

To my first digital; a Kodak Easy Share...
And a few cell phones with cameras in them...
This photo was taken with my cell phone...
Truffles


The majority of the pictures on my blog pre-Nikon were taken with my inexpensive Kodak.

With a little practice, the right lighting, and setting your camera to auto, without flash. You can get some really good pics.

Here's a perfect example. This is our entry on a dark rainy day.


Getting close to the object, auto, no flash, produces a photo like the one below... {these are two different days and two different quilts, but the lighting was the same}

Zoology Pinwheel Quilt

If you haven't tried taking a picture of your project in natural light. I would love for you to try...

35 comments:

Michelle said...

I am very impressed with your photos and I must admit I did have my own little photo shoot the other day:O)I appreciate all the tips you are giving us!I am looking at buying a Nikon, would you be so kind as to answer a couple of questions? why did you choose it above a Canon or something else? Are you really happy with it? TIA Have a great day!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Great photography tips! I can't believe you took that photo with your cell phone. Thanks so much for sharing!

Cindy said...

Thank you so much for all of this GREAT information!! I truly appreciate it. I hope my blog looks as beautiful as yours some day! :o)

Rachel said...

Great tips, Jodi. My photos are always so dull. I have a little digital camera, much like your Kodak and can't seem to get good results. I am going to try the window trick, and maybe taking some photos outside (even though it's darn cold right now).

Thanks!

Katie said...

I used the tips you gave last week about taking photos next to a window. My pictures turned out so much better. Before, they often seemed dark and lifeless. I tried to us a white background but all I had was white paper, so I'll have to look for something better and more flexible!
Very much enjoying this series! Thank you so much for sharing :-)

Asiyah said...

Jodi,

I want to thank you SO MUCH for the blogging tip posts.

I was on the verge of abandoning my blog because my pictures didn't look great/I don't have many readers/if only I had a nicer camera/everyone else's blogs look better than mine/blah, blah, blah.

You've definitely given me hope that I can have a great looking blog without a lot of expense.

Gracias amiga!

Jennifer said...

These are such good tips! I always seem to struggle with my blog photos but I did post some homework in your Flickr group. I am really looking forward to your night photo tips!

Jennifer :)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Admit it Jodi, black or white, sun or gray, you are just talented!

Brenda Kula said...

Excellent ideas! Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize this.
Brenda

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks Jody, you pictures always turn out great!

Merilyn said...

Thanks so much for such wonderful hints. I am new to your blog and just love it so far. I never thought of using just auto and no flash, will have to try it. I am one of those who takea pics and blogs at night, so your next post would be of interest!!!

Car said...

These are great tips, but I confess to feeling a wee bit jealous of your glorious white walls... We painted our walls yellow, which combined with night photos cast an eery yellow glow YUCK! looking forward to your night tips too :)

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Thanks for the great tips! I'm a newbie with taking photos with my new Nikon camera, and I'm trying to learn a few things so the photos gets more natural, and not to use the flash.
Wish you a great weekend,
Laila

Kelly O. said...

I did it the other day and it worked really well but my chair is brown so I think I'm gonna try again :)

Christa said...

Thank you so much for this great post. I live in Tennessee where we have had a lot of cloudy days this winter. This morning was sunny, so I went outside to photograph my quilt for my Etsy store and was not successful. I'm looking forward to trying your way of taking pictures.

Thanks again...Christa

Charity said...

If I always waited for the right lighting, I would have nothing to show. Even still my pictures could use some work. So thankyou for all of the tips.

gigi said...

Great tips! I love my D90!! I've also been eyeing the new D7000 :)
If I ever get rich I'll buy one and use my D90 as my 2nd camera.

Brooke said...

Thank you for your good advice and lots of samples. I have a Nikon D80 that I have never learned to fully use. I am inspired that some of your photos are taken in auto mode, as that is what I generally use. I need to use more natural light, incorporate more white, and try your bead board idea.

The photos on your blog are lovely and look very professional. You have a good eye for knowing how and where to set up your shots!

Also, I love that you live where it is overcast. It may get tiring after a while, but I think it looks very cozy. :-)

CAS said...

I am always eager for photo tips. I have a Nikon Coolpix, so not too fancy but adequate. Still I appreciate all the helpful hints I can get, so thank you.
CAS

Sherri said...

I really appreciate these tips! Thanks so much! I must get a couple of beadboard scraps...that's for sure! And I can't wait to learn some ideas for night photos...seems I always finish projects at night but have to wait for the next day to photograph them!

Christine said...

Thank you...
Thank you...
Thank you.....

I'm working on my homework!

Patchwork and Play said...

I tried some shots today with large pieces of white paper on the base and behind my work and they look amazing! Sharing soon!

maritza said...

Tus explicaciones están maravillosas!!!, muchas veces me he encontrado con ese problema y no sabía cómo resolverlo. De ahora en adelante lo intentaré con el fondo blanco. un beso

Brita said...

What great ideas! I'm usually happy if they come out in focus and fairly clear. Guess I'm not artistic. However, I'm going to try your tips and work on making prettier pictures. I'm always drawn to you talented photographers' blogs, so inviting!

Dorian said...

Thanks for your tips. I, too, have a D90, LOVE it!

Kiera said...

Thank you for the photo tips. I need them!! I'm a newbie to blogging at kiki-itssewkiki.blogspot.com. I will be usuing these tips to ry and improve the look of my site. Please consider stopping by and becoming a follower. I would so appreciate the support. Thanks again for the great tips!

Becky said...

Thank you!

My Photographer Hubby had me convinced that I needed a light box. So I made one. then another. what a pain in the u-know-what. Setting up, taking down, where did I put that spot lamp.

Your technique is soooooooo much better!

Lee said...

as always your tips are so helpful. So I rasied my blinds and took some shots, coming to my blog soon! look forward to the night shot tips too.

Seams Sew Together said...

Fantastic Tips, I have learnt something today! Thank you
Mandy :)

Kathleen said...

Thanks for sharing. The painted white bead board is a great idea.

Connie said...

Thanks for the great photo tips! I have been using auto with no flash for a while and it makes such a difference. I really like your tip on using the bead board for a background, now to take some more photos.

Gumbo Lily said...

Great tips. I thank you for sharing them.

Tereza said...

Thank you for all the great tips! I really enjoyed reading this post :)

Kathy said...

Thanks for the great photography tips. I brought home some white foam core board and have been using that and I really like the effect. I love your little bead board display. I'll have to see if my brother can rig me up with one of those stands. I have always admired your lovely photography.

Handmade by Hanki said...

Great post, thank you so much for sharing these tips! I just bought new camera Nikon D3200 and I am bit overwhelmed :) I will start using auto mode for now, but like to use manual setting in future. Have a great day!

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