how to photograph your scrapbook layouts
Hey friends! For those of you who may not know me, I am the visual manager here at Becky Higgins. A lot of my time is spent behind the camera and in the studio, and I am excited to kick off a brand-new blog series that will allow us to hang out and chat photography each month of the year. I will be covering things like indoor lighting, how to get great portraits of your kids, and much more. I would also love to hear what you all would like to be learning about for this series so be thinking about that as you work your way down to the comments section to leave me a note.
Today? Today we are talking all about how to photograph your scrapbook layouts the right way. Let’s jump in!
P.S. If you find yourself swooning over the kit I used for this layout, it is the up-and-coming-almost-available Currently Edition by the uber talented, Peppermint Granberg. #SwoonWorthyRight?!
Back to business… some of you may be wanting to learn this in order to share better imagery of your layouts on your blog or on social media and some of you may just want to know how for personal reasons. Either way, I am going to walk you through a few simple steps to ensure that your layout is being displayed as beautifully as it can. We are going to go from this to this:
Step 1. The most important thing when it comes to photographing your Project Life® layouts is to turn off the flash. A lot of people don’t realize just how much of a hindrance that part of the camera can be. Why? Because you are working with a plastic page covering that will give you glare and even more so when a flash is being used. So whether you are shooting with your camera phone or a DSLR, you have the ability to turn that off so make sure to start there.
Step 2. Find the most delicious light possible. I’m not talking about direct lighting; I’m talking about indirect. You want to look for a window or light from an open door. If you are lucky to have a lot of natural light in your home, then you can probably score by snapping the photo right in the middle of the room. For me, things like this are always photographed in my living room or master bedroom. Here is a peek into what my setup looks like:
You’ll notice that I have natural indirect light coming from the door on the right and there is also a window directly in front of me that is not seen in the image above.
Step 3. You have to make sure to get above your layout. If you are able to shoot your layout on the floor, then you may not need a chair like you will if you are shooting on a tabletop. I like to always use a chair so I have crop space in the image.
Step 4. You want to make sure and get your image as tack sharp as possible so it will show off all of the details and journaling on your page. If you are using a DSLR, you want to hold as still as possible and take a deep breath in before hitting that shutter button. And be sure and take several shots to make sure you get a good, sharp one. If you are using your mobile phone, you want to make sure and tap the screen first where your layout is shown and then take the picture. This will ensure that the camera is focused on what it should be. And again, take a few shots.
If you score the right lighting, your image may come out of the camera looking like this:
And please know that the image above is from my iPhone. Side note – I’m sure it sometimes feels that the only way to get amazing imagery is with an expensive DSLR, but you have a powerful tool right inside your pocket sometimes. I don’t want anyone feeling intimidated for these “studio sessions,” so you will see me mix up the types of tools I use and it usually won’t be professional grade equipment because not everyone has that! I wanted this one and all future photography series to be realistic to each of you who may be reading and learning.
Step 5. Some of you may not have software to edit your images and some of you may. If you are working with software, I would suggest that you bump up the brightness a bit. If you are working from your mobile camera, use your favorite photo-editing app to do this same thing. My favorite app is Afterlight and I know Becky’s is PicTapGo and she just so happened to have shared a video on how she achieves brighter photos which is a great tutorial for those of you wanting to improve in that area.
And there you have it! Five simple steps to photograph your layouts the right way and show off all the work you have been doing. Thanks so much for popping in and joining me for this. I hope it helps you out with all of your future layouts and how you photograph them. Until next time, friends!