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Photographing a Layout

 
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Kathy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject: Photographing a Layout Reply with quote

1) To show up your page as much as possible, you need to get the best natural light you can, though it should not be direct sunlight.

A verandah, a patio or any outdoor area is ideal, particularly if the sun is on that side of the building. So, an eastern aspect in the morning, western in the afternoon, are the best spots.

2) Position yourself so that you can stand directly over the layout. Fill as much of the frame as you can with your layout, making it look as square as possible.

I used to bend down low over the page, but am finding it 'squares up' better if I just zoom in on it. But that is an individual thing, so just do what works best for you.

3) When you download your photo, crop it and, if you have the facitily, you may want to enhance it.
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Flea1607
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take mine by having them lent up (as straight as possible) against a wall then I bend to be level with the bench.

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Tamara
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find photographing my layouts so much easier now that I have a DSLR, before whenever I tried to use my point and shoot I never managed to get a good photo. Although since I scrap in the 8.5x11 size I could just as easily scan my layouts.
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Monk
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I am not scanning them, I blue tack them to the wall outside.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monk - that's a brilliant idea!!! I might have to try that one.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried blu-tacking them to the wall, but found the light not quite as strong and I could never line them up square! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bumping this for Lavender.

Some people use Picasa or Gimp which I believe is free to download (please correct me if I'm wrong). If you have Microsoft Office Picture Manager you can do it there as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Microsoft Office Picture Manager - I find it heaps easier to use for this kind of thing than Gimp. Both Gimp and Picasa are free downloads.
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