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 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.
It might be necessary to adjust the size and move where you want it to go.
Hope you found my little tutorial useful.