I have several big backgrounds and a real lightbox, but they’re a hassle to pull out. I’ve gravitated to using simple foam board white boards because they’re easy to store and grab on a whim. One I have a crease in and I use it as the background – I just tape up whatever pretty paper matches my project. Then I use one on the bottom – I’m still on the lookout for woodgrain paper that I love. Anyways, it was like an ah-ha moment when I realized the set-up could be small and simple. As you can see, there’s always a mess in the background – that’s real life!
Yep, find the light in your house. And it’s in different places at different times. Just be sure that wherever you set up , you are getting lots of natural light – it makes a world of difference. Oh, and don’t forget to snap a picture on your phone too, for Instagram. Sometimes I like to use the pictures from my big camera on instagram, but sometimes I like to take them with my phone to give Instagram followers a sneak peek or different angle.
–Text On Images?
honestly, I’m not sure on this one – - sometimes I love images without the text interfering, you know? But with the text, it’s easy to people to identify your project. I usually try to provide both types of images in my post, that way if someone wants to pin the post, they can choose which type of image they prefer. If you’re thinking text, be sure to leave a spot in your shot so that you have a place to insert it and not interfere with the project image. And be sure to orient your image vertically – pinterest likes it that way – it’s more catchy visually that way.
(side note — this mint puppy chow is from when a friend came over and we made several kinds – - I was a diehard mint fanatic and knew it was the best ever – until she made the key lime puppy chow version! both are AMAZING and I’m not sure which I like better – - mmmm, I want some more right now…. you’ll have to head over to Apples by Ashley via those links for the recipe)
That’s it! just a few, super simple tips that you can implement into your project picture-taking life. Enjoy!