hi guys! here’s some advice on how to take photos of your notes and other things for your studyblrs. i’m not an authority on this or anything, this is just how i personally take and edit my pictures. i hope this helps for any new studyblrs out there, or helps out more experienced studyblrs!
try to take pictures in natural lighting.
i have a nice big window in my room, although this isn’t the best day for photography as it’s cloudy.
things always look better in the sunlight than in the harsh artificial light of your desk lamp.
this may be harder if you study when it’s dark out, i recommend studying during the daytime - not only for easier photo ops. working with the sun streaming in will keep you awake and make you feel invigorated.
choose a background that works.
i have a variety of backgrounds in my photos, but it’s not because i have thirteen thousand desks.
i use my 14x17 sketchbook for a white background, but no worries if you don’t have one! white paper can work if you’re taking a picture of a small thing.
you don’t need a white background either! i often use my wooden desk as a background because it looks pretty nice. i prefer the white paper though, because my desk has paint stains everywhere. (whoops)
make sure you choose a background that will complement the thing you’re photographing! if it’s mostly white, use a dark background. if it’s colorful and bright, use white. if there’s barely any color on it, you could even use patterned scrapbook paper as a background to add a pop of color to your photo. place your item on a variety of backgrounds to see how it looks.
put stuff around it.
try framing your notes with different things - pens, pencils, even potted plants. see what looks nice.
try some different angles too.
maybe a closeup? straight-on? or a diagonal like this one? play around with your options and see what you think looks good.
once you’re satisfied with a photo, it’s time to edit it!
i use polarr, a desktop app you can get for free on the chrome web store. any photo editing application works though, whatever you prefer!
i usually increase the exposure and contrast, and a bit of the saturation. don’t saturate your photos too much, they’ll look too bright and unnatural.
just fiddle around until you’re satisfied!
now it’s time to post it! if you want your post to be noticed, tag it with #studyblr and #studyspo, and if your favorite blogs track tags, tag them too! if you tag a post with #tbwstudies, i’ll see it and probably reblog it! :)
a short, important psa
you can be a wonderful studyblr without jumping through so many hoops to take photos. in fact, i encourage you not to do this often. if you spend more time embellishing and photographing your notes than actually studying them, you have a problem. that’s not the purpose of the studyblr community.
i personally love taking pictures of my notes and sharing them because it encourages me to write them neatly and keep organized, and seeing them come up on my dash reminds me to get off tumblr and actually study.
you can be part of the pretty notes section of studyblr or not, it’s all your personal choice. don’t feel pressured to have beautiful notes just because some studyblrs do. it’s their style of learning and reviewing, and if it doesn’t work for you, don’t bother.
no video because my mum was making silly noises and we were chatting while she recorded (i thought she was taking pictures) but here! two pictures of me with my very lovely hoop!!! sjdfcsdkjbfdkjhfsdkj im so happy, when it gets a bit warmer imma have to play with it moreee!!! (it looks like a magical pink, white and purple skirt in the first pic and I love it)