PRT219 – Acrylic Block Behind It

This week we’re talking about photographing our pages…

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  • Jennifer Larson

    I felt the same way, Alissa. I do not shoot with a DSLR–I don’t have one–so a healthy portion of the show sounded like “Blah blah blah numbers technical program numbers lens blah blah.” The hints outside of the technical stuff was good, and I got a lot out of those moments, but it would have been nice to have had a guest who shoots pages with a point and shoot and gets them to look nice.

    I’m going to iTunes to leave my 5 star rating and a review. Thanks, Noell and Izzy and guests, for always bringing a program I look forward to listening to every week!

  • Thank you for the kudos. As for the panel choices – you’re right. A point+shooter would have been wonderful. If there’s one thing I’ve learned with PRT is there is always a segment who doesn’t get their needs met from an episode. I actually postponed this episode last minute the first time I had it scheduled and did that fashion episode instead because I was trying to represent everyone I could think of by getting people who do standard pages, cards, and PL pages. I was also looking for people who are known for having stellar photos of their projects so we could learn from those with excellent skills and good tips to share.

    It never occurred to me to also try to figure out what types of cameras every one was using. I can see that a point-and-shooter would have been a helpful addition to the panel. At the same time, if you only knew how HARD it is to fill a panel with diverse guests who are all free when we are, you realize that sometimes a dream panel is really just a dream.

    I have no idea who the heck takes great photos of their projects with a point-and-shoot. That’s not info people typically share in their About pages, LOL. I would have probably had to spend weeks looking for scrapbookers who do a good job, then ask them what kind of camera they use, then tell them, “Okay, nevermind” when they told me DSLR before finding that guest. And then to get the variety of project types, I would have had to arrange the other guests around that.

    Of everything I do at Paperclipping, the very hardest task of all is finding and booking the panel.

    If someone here does a great job with point-and-shoots, or knows of someone who does, it would be awesome to get that person to come over here and tell us how they do it.

  • Please share with us how you get those great shots with your point and shoot. :)

  • ARC

    Sure! I had written a series of blog posts about photographing jewelry for a site that doesn’t exist anymore, so I’ll repost them on my blog. The first one is here:

    The TLDR version is:
    get really good lighting, try a homemade lightbox (super easy to build), adjust the white balance on your camera to a custom setting to get rid of weird color casts, use the macro setting on your p&s, turn off the flash permanently, bump up the exposure setting to +1/3 or +2/3, fill the frame with your item and get as close to it as you can.

  • Thank you for sharing!

    I would think that the macro setting could be good for jewery and other small items, but for layouts, would it not blur out the sides? My macro lens would, but maybe it’s different with a macro setting for a point + shoot.
    I’m surprised, because I didn’t think point + shoots have all these settings and that that’s why some of our listeners didn’t think parts of the show applied to them, but you’re basically saying almost the exact same thing — adjusting almost the same things we talked about adjusting.

  • ARC

    My P&S ‘macro’ setting does not blur the edges of my layouts, even when I photograph a whole PL spread (2 12×12 pages together). It just makes the whole photo sharper. I’m holding the camera maybe 18 inches square above the layout. I can only get the blurred background when I am SUPER close to the item, like 3 inches or so and I have to play around with the camera angle to get the right area in focus. That works great for the closeup shots of layouts! I won’t lie, my DSLR is definitely more powerful, but I’ve practiced so much with my P&S that I’m better at getting decent project photos with it.

  • Good to know! So the macro setting on a point + shoot must be different from a macro lens.

  • Thank you! :)

  • Ha ha, that’s funny. I would have been surprised and excited to see a review from both a “Wayne” AND a scientist. :)

  • Yeah, that would sound awkward and strange if no one laughed at Izzy’s jokes! I hadn’t thought of that. How funny!!

  • Just noticing your wrote “TDLR” — what does TDLR stand for?

  • ARC

    “too long, didn’t read”. In case people don’t want to read four blog posts from me in the next couple of weeks :D

  • ARC

    Yeah, I think the setting on a P&S is just a closer focus and doesn’t have the flexibility of a macro lens to change the depth of field THAT much. You have to be super close to get any blurring, at least with my 2 Canon P&S cameras.

  • Meghann Andrew

    Such a great show! Like Ali, I too get frustrated photographing layouts. Noell, I edit my layouts in PSE10 and if you don’t want your photo to have the same edits as the rest of the layout, you can put a selection box around your photo and ‘select inverse’ and only edit the levels on your layout. Not sure how you may be able to do this in another program, but I bet there is a way. I was also wondering why you all would recommend Aperture or Lightroom over just filing your photos in iPhoto? Thanks!

  • Yes, Aperture has a way to work with this, too, and I use it sometimes if I feel it’s worth my extra time.

  • Carol in the Land of Oz

    Keep laughing and “correcting”–we long time listeners enjoy the feeling that we are all friends. It’ like being on a date night with you guys. I am a 5 star listener–just not sure how to do that!!

  • ARC

    Thanks for the shout-out on the show ;)

  • paimom

    Love listening to podcast and like the laughter. The music does scream at me and I skip intro every time I play podcast. Sorry!!!!

  • I wanted to include your comment altogether but didn’t have time. :)

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Great episode … I love the laughter. The feel of the show is that I”m actually sitting around a table with you guys – I love that you make the guests and listeners feel so comfortable. And really great discussion too – I need to learn more about my camera!
    Oh and great picks of the week from everyone too!