How I photograph cards/pages

After my craft room video, I had some questions about how I photograph my cards. I’ve been taking pictures of projects the same way since the very beginning of my blog: on my craft desk with a light angled on it. I do most of my crafting at night, so this is the only way I can do it. Here’s what it looks like:

Photographing Cards

Technically, I don’t actually need the lamp on the left for photos, but I do need it for video so I leave it on my craft desk 24/7. You can also see my camcorder above the card. I had just finishing filming. I always take a photo of the card right after I wrap up the video part.

How do you take pictures of your cards/pages? Leave a comment and tell us how you photograph your projects. :)

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  1. Great photo of how you do this. I have almost the same set up and can’t wait to try it. I take my photos Everywhere in search of having to do as little photo editing as possible. Perhaps I just really stink in the photo area. I couldn’t figure out my photo shop so I deleted. it. I know gasp. LOL, tfs

  2. Since I have really poor lighting in my house (I get the yellowish tint), I used to scan the pictures, but now when it is sunny out, I take the photo out side.

    Lately I have been experimenting with the WB on my camera as well.

  3. I use to take my photos just like you do but I have been taking them outside the last few months instead to get the natural light. I have been having a problem with my backgrounds looking blue though any ideas how to fix that? I have tried to adjust the white balance in my camera but that is not helping neither are my photo editing programs.
    I also have a question for you about your video setup. I make technqiue videos once a month and have my camera set up in front of of me like you do and the video is filmed from the front. How do you get it to look like you are filming from behind you even though it is set up in front of you?

  4. Wow, lots of comments on this one! I was having a terrible time taking photos. Living in Colorado, shooting outdoors is pretty much out of the question in winter, and it seems like there is always wind of some sort even when it’s warm! I live in an old (though remodeled) farm house, and don’t have a lot of natural light. Even if I got a “good” photo, I had to do color correction because of the lighting level and/or reflection off the walls, or whatever. A while back I “splurged” on a portable photo studio for about $65. You can see it at store.komando.com – click on the gadget tab at the top and it’s about 3/4 of the way down the page. It works great, is well-made, and includes the “box, the lights and the tripod. I have to admit I haven’t had a chance to make many cards lately so haven’t used it much, but the photos I’ve taken have been great and didn’t need any color correction! Not affiliated in any way, just thought I’d let you know about this item!

    Cyndi – Dreams Unltd

    • I meant to also say that it all packs up in a small portfolio type case for storage, so it doesn’t take up much space, and is super easy to set up.

  5. thank you for sharing that with us. Very nice, thank you for the inspiration! Sherrill Graff

  6. Love your cards and video’s. Can’t tell from the photo but how is your camcorder mounted?
    Thanks so much

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