Photograph Dimensional Objects
I'm gonna show you, or talk about some tips to give you guys some ways to do that. So first, we're gonna start off with photographing. I don't have any photograph, I'm not gonna do that. I'm just gonna show it to you guys up here, okay? Photographing. The important thing here is that you want to set up your camera and your shot to make sure that it looks good. So first thing's first. Do it with a white background. A white background is going to give you a more natural kind of look except if it's white. If it's white, then use something that contrasts, typically black or something like that. But with white you're gonna pick up some shadows that look really good with it. If you have, let's say, something in the background, then use something like a backdrop. I usually take like a large piece of paper and I will kind of just swoop it over, and then put it on here. Put it on top of it, so that it has a really good look. Lemme show you a picture of that. So it's white, okay? That's a piece ...
of jewelry that my mom owns, and I'm actually gonna extract that and show you guys a way to, to work around the kind of piece. Now, set up near a window with natural light. That's the biggest thing I can say, especially if you're working with things like jewelry or things that are sparkling. It will help reduce the kind of glare that would be created by doing something with flash. We don't want flash ever. So, natural sunlight whenever possible. You want to also try to limit the reflections and the hot spots from a shiny object. So here's an example of that. This is a ring. My mom owns a lot of jewelry. (laughing) I can just go through all of her stuff and use it, right? But you see that little hot spot of green right there in the middle? That's not something we want on our page. It's not gonna look good, and you can't fix it. (laughing) You can't fix this when you bring it into your digital part world. It's not gonna look good. So you have to kind of go underexpose it. Go a little bit darker and then use natural sunlight, but you can lift this. I'm gonna show you how you can lighten this to make it look good and it won't have that natural highlight. That's what we're looking for. You want it to look really crisp and really clear. The other thing is even though my hand is a little bit out of focus, you absolutely want things to be in focus. So an aperture if you're a manual photographer, or photographer I should say, and aperture of F nine, or F stop nine or greater is gonna help you with that. If you're using F stop one point eight, or something that has a lot of depth, a shallow depth of field, it's not gonna look good. It's gonna be too fuzzy. So when we go backwards to that little piece here, part of the ring's gonna be focused and then part of it's not. That's a cool effect if you want to use the photograph on your page, but if you need to scan and extract you don't want it to be fuzzy like, eva'. (laughing) So get rid of your depth of field and use a higher or a better aperture. And when possible, shoot standing directly in front or standing over something. Exactly how you want it to look on the page. So I'm gonna look really weird here for a sec'. But what I typically do is I will put something on the floor or the table and I will just get on it like that with my camera. So I'm shooting straight down. I never shoot from the side, or, I need to get right over top of it, so that way it looks perfect, because when we scrapbook, we never see something from perspective, we're always looking on a top view from it, like it's on a table. So you need to make sure that you're shooting in a table kind of position. I know that looks weird. (laughing) So, for photography, that's really the techniques that we can use.
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