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Posted 4/27/2013 by akenyon in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 280,433
October 2006
Posts: 411
Layouts: 30
Loc: Cleveland

Posted: 4/27/2013 7:18:30 PM
So I have read all these tutorials about how to take picture of layouts, but it seems no matter what I do my layout pictures don't come out square and are messed up in color. I would love to post more layouts to the gallery, but I am always so dissatisfied with the results. Do I need to get something to hold the camera? What am I doing wrong?

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PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
Posts: 1,590
Layouts: 49

Posted: 4/27/2013 8:14:21 PM
What is your picture-taking process for your layouts? Are you taking them on something white like posterboard, lined up at the edges from above (or propped up on something on the posterboard and taken straight-on), in indirect light? I usually crop mine and adjust the color in Picmonkey (it's free!) if they need it, but I don't post them often, I take them more as a digital LO catalog for myself.

Picmonkey lets you select the area that should be white with 'Neutral Picker' and then adjusts the rest of the colors automatically. If you go to 'Rotate', it lets you straighten it so it's perfectly square and lined up. I'm sure you could do this in other photo editing programs too, but this is the one I'm familiar with and is super easy! HTH!


PeaNut 188,495
January 2005
Posts: 3,657
Layouts: 243
Loc: socal

Posted: 4/27/2013 9:01:53 PM
I find I get my best photos when I take the pictures during the day with indirect natural light. I usually lay my layout on the ground and stand over it. Also, I crop my images to a square in Picasa before I upload them to the gallery. Hope that helps.

OLW 2013 - DO
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PeaNut 494,372
January 2011
Posts: 703
Layouts: 173
Loc: Wisconsin

Posted: 4/27/2013 9:13:36 PM
I take mine in good indirect natural light. I don't use anything special. I either lay my LO on the floor in front of my patio door and stand over it, centering it in the view finder before snapping the photo. Lately, I have been standing it on my dining table where the patio door is on the right side of it. I open all the blinds in the living room (which is behind my LO), also centering before taking. My LO is standing up against a bottle of Windex. Afterwards, I edit them in Picasa, cropping and straightening as needed. Tweaking the colors if needed. I am using my Nikon D3000 with my 50mm lens, shooting it in manual mode. The last six LO's I have taken propped up on the table. All the others are laying in front of the patio door.


PeaNut 561,149
July 2012
Posts: 602
Layouts: 15

Posted: 4/27/2013 9:15:02 PM
I also use Picasa and you can even edit the colors/balance in the program. I try to use as much lighting as possible if I am taking the photo at night and that does seem to help!


PeaNut 188,495
January 2005
Posts: 3,657
Layouts: 243
Loc: socal

Posted: 4/27/2013 9:16:16 PM
Oh! And I remember our very own GG Jen Gallacher had blogged about this. I thought it was on her blog but it was on the 2peas blog.

Here it is: photographing your projects with Jen

That will probably be more helpful.

OLW 2013 - DO
"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans." Kobi Yamada


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PeaNut 144,090
April 2004
Posts: 7,808
Layouts: 135
Loc: In the land of the Giant Trees

Posted: 4/27/2013 9:16:24 PM
I take mine in shade out side against a neutral background. I try to get the most direct shot I can, no angles. And no glare on the photos.

I edit them in Picasa, just a slightly larger square than the LO. If it is not completely square, I use Picasa and rotate the image as square as possible then recrop the image as close to the LO's edges as I can.

Then upload. Which I have not done in awhile.

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