I am back from my unannounced/unplanned hiatus, with a post about photography. Yay.
How I Take Photos
I take my photos on my iphone 5c, because my camera is absolutely ancient and my phone takes better pictures. If I can, though, I use my Mom’s iphone 6, because that phone’s camera is insanely good. Like, better than some actual cameras. But, y’know, since it’s Mom’s phone and not mine, and mine has a pretty decent camera anyways, I stick to the 5c.
I use this thing when I take pictures that have me in it. I don’t know what it’s called, but you can buy them for the dashboard of your car, and they’re cheaper than tripods. They’re basically a giant suction cup with a phone holder.
You can take pictures with your phone held either sideways or upright, and…that’s about it. You can adjust the angle slightly, but not as much as you could with GorillaPod.
The GorillaPod is my brother’s, but I still use it when I need to get a specific angle. I bought an attachment that can hold an iphone, so that combined with the cost of the tripod is more expensive, and, honestly? It’s not really necessary.
For pretty much all other photos, I have two posterboards; one black, one white. I bought them for about 75cents at Target. You’ll have to buy new ones every couple of weeks, though, because even if you’re extremely careful, they’ll get wrinkled or ripped. Or your dog will decide they look like a delicious snack (he also eats money, library books, comics, and toilet paper).
I shoot everything in square, because it’s the best for instagram. I also turned on my grid, because it’s super helpful making sure everything stays centered.
How I Edit My Photos
This is an unedited, messily taken photo I shot quickly on my phone.
I use the PicMonkey app to edit my photos on my phone. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and…that’s why I use it. There’s also the free PicMonkey website, which works basically the same way, with more functions.
When you open the app, you simply select the photo you want to edit. It’ll pop up in the editing screen. Hit adjust.
The editing works on a sliding scale. The one problem with the app is sometimes the editing is a bit slow, and you’ll have to exit out and then start again, but it’s also pretty new, so I’m sure they’ll fix it soon.
When you’re done editing, hit the checkmark in the top right corner, then hit save. Save to camera roll…and you’re done.
Finished photo, and photo on instagram.
(If you want to follow me on instagram, it’s my personal account, but I’ll still post tons of book photos. Also, photos of food and my pets).
Props For Photos
Props in bookstagram photos can really tie it together, and sometimes you have no idea what do use. So, ta da! A list!
Mugs, teacups, plates, measuring cups, mixing spoons, spatulas, whisks,
saucers, fridge magnets, utensils, bowls, cups,
Shoes, mittens, gloves, winter hats, socks, sunglasses,
Sunglasses, bracelets, earrings, scarves, watches, rings, necklaces, purses,
clutches, makeup bags, phonecases, backpacks, totebags, hairclips, umbrellas,
Lipstick, chapstick, lipgloss, hairbrushes, mascara, eyeshadow,
Pens, pencils, notebooks, scrapbooking paper, ink pads, stamps, greeting cards,
envelopes, planners, sticky notes, notepads, giftwrap, washi tape, paperclips, staplers,
tape, rulers, Sharpies, colored pencils, paint, paintbrushes
Energy bars, crackers, cookies, teabags, chocolate bars, popsicles, ice cream bars,
fruit, gum, candy, muffins, cupcakes, soda, toast, peanut butter, yogurt,
Phones, earbuds, headphones, game controllers, cameras, MP3s, phone chargers
Stuffed animals, picture books, balls, plastic animals, action figures, legos,
Comic books, polaroid photos, lace, napkins, beads, feathers, stones, flowers,