Hey I've just started a studyblr and I was wondering if you had any tips on photographing notes & using different fonts when handwriting 🌸
I love this ask! Bear in mind though that this is just my experience, there might be photography pros who laugh about this haha
- I use my iPhone SE to take my photos (now that I have a brand new Canon EOS I’ll start using that though). You absolutely don’t need an expensive camera to take photos, your phone works just fine!
- Black ink on white paper is usually the easiest to photograph. It gets tricky with blue ink (speaking from experience) because the ink becomes less prominent when you edit the picture. Colours should be highlighters or fineliners or something like that because crayons will also be hardly visible.
- I find it easier to take pictures against a background that has a contrast against the white paper (wooden desks, grass, rooms, blankets…). Since I have a white desk, that’s sometimes difficult to achieve. They key with white desks is to adjust exposure and contrast in such a way that it doesn’t make the desk look grey against the paper, but also not like a fluid transition between paper and desk so you can still see where your paper ends. (I don’t always manage to do that either so my advice would be to not use white desks lmao)
- Natural lighting is usually the best. Not directly in the sun because I find that it makes editing quite hard (vibrant colours especially in the background if you’re in nature), but near the window is the easiest. Draw your curtains back if necessary.
- If you don’t have natural lighting, don’t despair. Pictures taken in the evening or night, in a dark room with only a desk lamp, can look really cozy!
- If you also don’t have natural lighting during the day (library, rain..), you can trick everyone with editing the picture. Try not to have a lot of shadows in your picture, and you’ll be fine!
- For editing: I usually use a horizontal or square format for pictures of my notes, very rarely a vertical one (only if I think a page really looks awesome as a whole). Crop your picture until you’re happy with it! This gives you the chance to cut off blank paper edges, pens on your desk etc etc
- I usually edit in the following way: crop, + exposure, + filter if needed, +contrast, - temperature if needed, play around with gamma correction if necessary, lighten shadows, sharpen details if needed. add filters as you wish.
- If you’re not sure which filter to use, save several versions of the photo with different filters, upload them all in one post and compare them side by side, then delete the ones you don’t want. For example, I often underestimate the exposure I need for tumblr.
- I use different fonts for titles and subtitles and my normal handwriting for the text - block letters for revision, cursive for class notes.
- Don’t use too many different fonts. You’ll get confused and eventually use the wrong one and be frustrated. Three or four fonts including your normal handwriting should be enough. (If you’re having fun with it and want to do more, I’m not stopping you though!)
- You can combine different fonts with different colours to make them stand out more (good if you’re a visual learner!)
- For inspiration, please have a look at rhianne’s aka @studypetals‘ banner tag and font tag! It’s an incredible collection and extremely satisfying to look at.
- You can also consider using different forms of bullet points (flags, arrows etc) to give your notes even more structure. :)
I hope this helped!