Taking a good Picture of an Invitation

In order for your work to be evaluated in absentia by dignity, you need to take care of the good quality of the picture of your masterpiece. The ideal set for shooting: a SLR camera + a lens with a focal length of 50 mm and higher and a high aperture (1.8 or 2.8) + a detachable flash + photoshop (in my case - light)))) But also a conventional digital camera you can take good pictures, most importantly, rummage through it and find the manual mode.
The very first and main advice: never shoot in automatic mode. When there is insufficient lighting, the camera thinks it will try to turn on the flash, and you will not be able to select the right focus point.
Next, a few tips and examples based on cards.

Lighting.

To shoot try at natural illumination (light from a window, street). Daytime scattered light gives soft shadows.
If you use the light from the window, and the room is dark, then try to place the object as close to the window as possible. The farther away from the light source, the more and more contrast the shadows will be. Next, I took pictures for an example at 10 o'clock in the evening, the light was not quite enough, however it was enough.


The postcard lies on the windowsill:
Postcard is on the table next to the window (pay attention to the contrast)
Bright sunlight makes the shadows contrast, but perfectly conveys the solar mood.
In the evening, it is better not to take pictures at all: the light of an incandescent lamp is not enough for the clarity of the picture and all objects will acquire a yellow shade. It is not advisable to use flash, light from flash will eat color. About the built-in flash on a conventional digital camera forget all. If you have a SLR camera with a built-in flash, then the flash can be covered with a sheet of white paper, then the light will dissipate a little. It is impossible to shoot objects with a flash "in the forehead", it will whiten bright places, will eat colors and the entire picture will be flat. If lighting is not enough, the picture will turn out to be dark or with a gray tinge. Photoshop is our all! Gray shade can be removed in just three clicks, but about this in another article.

Make sure that the photo shows natural colors. Let me remind you: natural light gives a natural color, an incandescent lamp - a yellow tint, energy-saving or fluorescent lamps give a cool greenish shade. If you shoot in bright sun or with a flash, make sure that next to your masterpiece there was no bright colored object, otherwise your picture may turn into a shade of its color.

In SLR cameras there is a very good function - white balance (WB). Switch to the AV mode (aperture priority), open the aperture to maximum, increase ISO (on many cameras after 400 in the picture, grain may appear, 200 - optimally, if there are a lot of light, reduce to 100), you can add 1-1,5- steps to the exposure. Do this: on a manual focus (just on a white sheet, the lens may not focus), remove a light gray or white sheet of paper (under the same conditions as when it will take off its masterpiece) so that no objects enter the lens, white space should take 90-100%. You take pictures, then in the settings you select the manual BB, the camera offers you to choose a snapshot - the base, select the photo of our leaflet, enter it. Everything, now the camera itself will adjust the colors when shooting your objects. If the result does not satisfy you, then the colors can be corrected in the graphics editor.