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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

How I take my photos

Hi everyone, hope you are all ok.

Our lovely Barbara over at Little Miss Muffet recently asked if we could share our photography techniques. So I thought I would also do a lil' tut to explain mine.

Here goes......

Here is my set up. Very basic really, some A3 card stock and two craft lamps. I got mine from Hobbycraft, they have daylight bulbs in.

I have a Nikon Coolpix camera 16.1 megapixels.
I choose the macro setting - it looks like a tulip. I also turn off the flash.

I take the photo of my card. I then pop the SD card into my laptop and save the photo into the selected folder on my desktop.

I open the photo with Microsoft Office Picture Manager, this came on my laptop in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Open the folder with the photo of your card in. Right click on the photo, go to Open With then select Microsoft Picture Manager. 
As shown below. (step 1)

The photo will appear in Microsoft Picture Manager

As shown below.

I then click on Auto Correct (top centre). 
Then choose save (the save icon is top left, it looks like a little floppy disc) 

Then I select Crop (right centre) and drag the black crop corners inwards until I get the size I need. Select ok and then save using the save icon.

As shown below.

I then compress the pic so it takes up less room on my blog and it also loads up quicker.

Select Compress on the right hand side and I then choose Documents.
Select ok and then save.

I then add my watermark to my card in Paint.

Follow step 1 but this time select open with Paint.

Select rectangular selection & then transparent selection. 

Then draw a rectangle over the pic. You can see the dashed lines.

Then click on paste ( top left ) click on paste from and then select the watermark from whatever folder it is in.

It might be necessary to adjust the size and move where you want it to go.

Hope you found my little tutorial useful. 



  1. Such a fabulous tutorial Donna, thank you for sharing. I think I need to invest in some of those daylight bulbs.
    Your card is adorable too!
    hugs Sue xx

  2. Interesting to read how you take yours. I take mine in daylight, use the makro setting and slow shutter flash. I edit mine in Photoshop as I can then adjust any wonkiness and add my watermark there too. Love your Gg pics x

  3. A fabulous tutorial Donna. I use Picasa to edit my photographs. More or less the same procedure as yours. I love those flowers, they are so cute. What a gorgeous card! hugs Sharon x

  4. Thank you Donna for the tut, it is very helpful.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  5. Ahhh Donna, thank you so much for this tutorial. I need to change my set up so that I can get crisper, brighter photos like you do.
    Love your card, your fabulous colouring and great mix of papers and embellies.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Jo xx

  6. Thanks Donna this is so helpful! Your cards always look gorgeous:)

    Vic x

  7. Almost identical to how I do it too Donna and you have answered a lot of crafters 'prayers' in this super tutorial...xx

    The Journey is the Start

  8. Hi Donna it is so lovely of you to give the details on how to take a 'good' picture I have noticed that there are a lot of crafters asking this question I am sure your tips will come in very handy. The card is absolutely gorgeous, also fun and colourful, love that image and the papers are lush.
    lorraine x

  9. Great tut, Donna! Your creation pics always look so crisp and clear where mine always come out too dark with not true to life colours! Very frustrating! Need to get a set up like yours methinks! xx

  10. Donna thanks so much for taking us into the heart of your craft room and sharing such an awesome tutorial on how you photograph your beautiful cards. This card with the cute image is once again just precious.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  11. Thank you for sharing this with us Donna, I really think I need to invest in some lamps rather than depending on natural light.

  12. Wonderful! I'm amazed at how much difference the day bulbs make with the basic image too. I'm certainly going to buy new lamps soon. :D *Hugs

  13. Thank you for the tutorial.

    Cute card too.

    I'm pinning for reference!

  14. This is such a helpful blog regarding watermarking. I haven't managed a proper one yet, just add what text. Will try to give it a go soon. When im calm lol.
    Have just started to follow your blog. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful makes.
    Jo xx

  15. That's so helpful Donna! Thanks for the great tutorial. I always take mine in daylight, the light box I have doesn't have the right lights, make my photos yellowish... Have a lovely new day, hugs, Ira x
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  16. Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial Donna.


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