I would like to share a bit of my world with you. One of my favorite summer activities is playing outside! My DH and I love to spend time puttering in the yard. It is a constant work in progress....but it is fun, relaxing and a bit of a workout!
The highlight (at least we think it is) of our yard is our pond. It was my birthday present from our son a few years ago. Yes, the hole was dug by hand and yes, I helped! It does take quite a bit of time to maintain, but it is all worth it! We have several fish (koi and goldfish) that have grown to monster size.
Our pond in summer
.... in spring
.... and in winter (actually early spring).
Some of the Koi and goldfish
Now while we are on the subject of pictures.....I am sure many of you struggle with taking a good picture of your projects. In the past, I would snap at least 9 million photos of one card ....outside, inside, in the sun, in the shade....trying to get a good quality photo!
Well, fret no more! Follow these simple instructions and create an inexpensive light box that will make your world picture perfect! If any of my directions are confusing, please e-mail me at email@example.com and ask for clarification.
Also, please remember that this is a very rough version. My real light box is much neater than this!!!
Select a sturdy box and cut off the top flaps (Photo #1 and #2)
Cut out inside panels from three sides of the box. Make sure to leave at least a 1" border. (Photo #3)
Glue down the bottom flaps. Gluing down the flaps will give you a nice solid and even base to set your card on (Photo #4)
Step Three: NO PHOTO AVAILABLE but please read!
Paint the inside of the box (the frames and the top & bottom with some white paint. I used regular latex house paint. Don't skip this step as you don't want dark colors to cast shadows inside the light box.
Adhere tissue paper or a light weight white cotton to the two sides and the top (this is where the 1" border comes into play). I initially used tissue paper but found that it tore too easily so I switched to cheap white cotton pillow cases ($4 at Walmart). I used my husband's hockey sock tape to secure the material to the sides. Seriously, hockey sock tape is the next best thing to Crazy glue! (Photo #5, Photo #6, Photo #7)
Cut a piece of poster board about 1/2 inch narrower than the inside width of the box (Photo #8).
Tip: I used some scrap paper first to get the dimensions that I needed and then cut the poster board based on those measurements.
This last step will depend on whether or not you have a place to permanently keep the light box (Photo #10 and #11).
It is important to have a light source from the front as well. I use a small table lamp base that I move around manually, depending on which angle I will take the picture.
Tip: If your card has some dimension to it, you might have to move the front light either from side to side or top to bottom to get rid of the shadow. Contrary to this, the shadow might also be used to highlight the depth/dimension of your card.
You might also consider setting up your light box on something that is table height or higher to make it easier to photograph your items (much easier on the back!!!)
The key here is the type of light bulb to use! I used the Sylvannia brand, but there are others. What is important is that they are:
23 Watt, 120 Volt CFL Daylight bulbs. A daylight bulb provides a 'natural' light' and keeps the colors quite true.
So there you have it! A few easy steps and you are on your way to stress free (and time saving) photography!
I hope you have enjoyed my spotlight session during our Christmas in July celebrations.
Please come back and visit again soon!