28.1.07

Makeshift Photo Studio


I was sitting on the couch this morning, eating my brekkie when I noticed that it wasn't your typical grey Nova Scotia winter's day - there was actually some light coming through the window. I have been wanting to take some photos of my books for a website I'm creating, so I sprung into action. Well, sprung might not be the right word, I kind of waddled into action after eating a big fat cinnamon bun. Anyhow, I had a roll of paper upstairs in my studio that I rolled out over my dining room table and tucked behind some pictures hanging on the wall. I took a few snaps of some lemons lying around, and concluded that the shadows were too strong.


So, I waited an hour or two while working in my studio. When the noon day canon went off (yes, there really is a noon day canon - one of the advantages of living in Halifax is that you know the correct time at least once a day) I tried again. And, it was much better.

I have this vision of the website being very clean and simple, with my books and albums popping out from a white background. The background read as very white on my camera, but has a slight grey/blue tint on screen. I will have to research how to whiten the background in Photoshop. I have alot to learn about photograpy and digital imaging - but there are some great resources out there on the web. Alicia from Posie Gets Cozy wrote a great post a while back about how she takes her lovely photos.


I used her hint of putting my camera on a tripod, setting up the photo and then using the self timer to avoid any hint of camera shake. She also references this post over at the Switchboards on taking professional style photos which looks pretty good. I probably should have read that earlier.

I'd best get going. I took about 150 photos today that need to be colour corrected. I think that I'm going to be busy for a little while.

7 comments:

cruststation said...

Your journals are fabulous, thanks for the links on photography-I'm going to do some research. Good luck on the website!

nicole lecht said...

these books are very lovely! i'd love to see more!

Trudi said...

Thanks you both for your nice comments! I'm hoping to post some more photos of my books over on flickr once I get them all photoshopped up. (:

Shona said...

I'll e-mail you later on how to change the background in photo shop- it has to do with the white balance, but I forgot which tab it is under...Enhance? Oh I can't remember, but I use it all the time (I'm working out a thought process on your comments section). Great make shift photo studio + so far your books look wonderful for your website! Isn't sun wonderful for the psyche?

Austen G. said...

Your books look great! It was so nice to see the sun yesterday. I'm always happy when the sun appears on a weekend day, all the better to enjoy it. And thank you for the birthday wishes, it's been a good day so far. How are you going to celebrate this weekend?

mishka said...

gorgeous photos, Trudi! I always get lazy about using a tripod with still shots and rely on photoshop too much to fix the colouring. Thanks for the tip :)

Veronica TM said...

you did a wonderful job, trudi! that is a great set up. and i love your chandelier too.