How to Take Fabulous Photos: What I've Learned

I am constantly in awe of the amazing photos people put on their blogs. They've got an interesting composition, great picture clarity and perfect lighting. How do they do it? I'm sure a lot of it has to do with a great camera but there has to be more to it. In my search, I found some great tips and tricks that I can use, even with my point-and-shoot Canon Power Shot.

The most useful (and affordable!) trick I found was a great blog posting teaching you how to make your own fold up, tabletop photo studio with white foam board. No more contorting my body to get the the back of the chair or an outlet out of my shot- this fold up studio gives you a clean, white background for showcasing your latest creation. Things are already looking better!

It's even great for draping fabric over for interesting backgrounds. And the white board reflects a lot of light making your pictures bright! Visit the blog here for the super easy instructions- all you need is foam board, tape and a box cutter!
When it comes to what to invest in, this post gave me a great list of must haves. Thankfully it's short- a reflector for more light, a tabletop tripod for steady shots, and a 50mm. The first two I can get easily but for the last, I'll have to get a fancy camera! Some day... some day...

In lieu of buying a reflector now, I found a post that taught me how to make one out of aluminum foil. I covered one of the leftover foam board pieces with foil and left one uncovered. I can position either boards to reflect light at the object I'm trying to shoot- great for those dark areas of the kitchen! This post will give you more information on the specifics and on how to backlight an item.

I'm excited about the great results I got from such easy projects! Someday, hopefully soon, I'll get myself a nice digital SLR camera so I can take amazing photos. I would love to delve into the food styling realm!

Hope I have helped others who have been wondering, "How do they do that?!"!

The links:
The Must List
Fold Up Photo Studio
Foil Reflector

Link Up
Just Us Four
Serenity Now
Blissful and Domestic
Simply Sweet Home
The NY Melrose Family
The Crafty Blog Stalker


Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family said...

This is such a great idea. I definitely will be trying this. I'm following via bloglovin and gfc. Thanks so much for joining the bloglovin hop. I also host a weekly link party on wednesdays and I'd love for you to link up your latest posts at www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/whimsy-wednesdays-8.html

Patricia Purcell said...

Thanks for the tips. I need to work on my blog photos! I like the tabletop studio idea. I'm usually trying to find a clear spot in the chaos of our kitchen or schoolroom to take a picture!

Lauren said...

@Patricia PurcellWell then this is the perfect trick! It instantly makes everything pop. I'm loving it so far.

Emily said...

Great ideas! I need to make one of these, too.

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

Great idea! Thanks for pulling together the ideas all in one spot. I am slowly realizing that I need a "box" to take pictures in, so I'm not always fighting with my kitchen counter clutter:)


Anonymous said...

So glad I followed Jessica's (stay at home-ista) pin here ... great post and I'm making the light box today because I have some foam board available already! Couldn't agree with you more about the amazing photos everyone seems to have. And sense I too am "kitchen crazy" I need to look around your blog more!


Jill said...

Great tutorial! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Pomp Party!


Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Lauren said...

@Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista You're welcome! I'm your newest follower, you have such an interesting background! See ya 'round :)

Lauren said...

@Robin @ Happily Home, After Glad you found your way here! I just took a pic of some fruit on the white board and it looks awesome. Hope you have great results!

Lauren said...

@JillThanks, Jill! Linked up to your party, glad to join in! And I'm your newest follower :)

Lindsey said...

Such good advice. My goal is to start taking better pictures for my blog and Etsy shop. This is a great place to start!

Lauren said...

@Lindsey I've already seen a huge improvement having a clean, white background behind what I'm photographing. You should try it out!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

This is great!! Thanks for the advice. I'm stopping by from Serenity Now linky party and your newest follower.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/another-coat-for-holly.html

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday last week! I love your tips.. I am featuring this tomorrow! Oh.. and Im your newest follower :)

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

Visiting from The Grant Life's Feature - Great tips! I bought foam core a few weeks ago thinking it would make a good light box so I'm excited to have a look at the linked tutorial. I don't see a new camera in my future anytime soon so I have to learn to work with what I've got!

Lauren said...

@Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com Thanks so much for the feature and the follow! :)

Lauren said...

@Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . .So glad you checked me out! Yes, I'm the same, no fancy camera in my future. I've seen a big improvement using in my pictures since using the light box- makes everything look crisp!

EARTH2BODY said...

Loved this post! We totally need to make this. P.S. We grabbed your button... ;-)

Lauren said...

@EARTH2BODY Awesome! So glad :))

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