Beautify your Blog: week 10 - Pictures/Photos8:57:00 PM
Hi all and welcome back to the Beautify your Blog series here at Sew at Home Mummy.
This week we'll be going over pictures and photos in posts.
Please back-up your template before moving on to part 2 of this tutorial. Backing up your template was covered in Week 1 of the series. Each week builds on the previous week's modifications - I highly recommend starting at the beginning and moving forward.
1. Start Here
Tips for Posting Beautiful Photos of your Projects
1. Taking Gorgeous Photos
I'm not going to re-invent the wheel here; there are several articles on the web with tips and tricks for properly photographing your quilts and crafty projects. I'll list my favorite ones here, in no particular order:
**EXCELLENT** step-by-step source: Holly Knott - Shoot that Quilt!
How to Photograph your Quilts: Craftsy
IQA Tips for Good Photography
...all of this said, these are the ideal situations. I am guilty, 100%, of not following these guidelines. Either because of the inconvenience of the set-up, or because of my time. Or both. I do go to great lengths when I'm attempting to enter something into a show or challenge, but if it's just for my blog, I try to take the best possible picture I can at the time.
Shoot with a camera
I usually try to take my photos with a camera vs. my camera phone; the resolution is much higher on my camera and therefore the image quality is generally better.
...which, for most people who own homes, shouldn't be a problem. If you're in an apartment or rental (like me) it may be a little more difficult. Ultimately - try your best. If you can't shoot outside, try and aim for a set up like the one in the link above from Holly Knott - this is what I'm going to try my best to get set up for my upcoming submissions to Quiltcon.
Hang your quilt - don't hold it
Unfortunately, I don't have an area where we live where I can easily hang and photography my quilts outside - which is unfortunate to say the least - and they usually end up being held up by my husband while I take several shots. If you're shooting indoors, maybe pick a wall where you can set up a bracketed curtain rod or the like to hang your quilt while you shoot.
For blocks you're shooting, say, your works in progress, clear off the table or cutting mat around the block, and attempt to take the photo as square as possible to the block or object.
2. Posting Gorgeous Photos
I think most of us know how to upload photos to our blogs, but if not, it's the little icon circled in red in the picture below:
Maximize your photo size
did you know you can change the size at which your photos individually display? and, given that Quilter's blogs are essentially working and dynamic portfolios of our art, we should really be showcasing our images as the focus of our sites.
Therefore, we want to maximize the size at which they're displayed.
To do that, click on your image you just inserted into your post, and a pop-up appears, circled in red:
for your image display in most cases. If the resolution is poor on your image (a symptom of using a lower resolution camera, like a phone) your image may appear blurry maximized, so you may want to reconsider in this situation.
It's pretty rare that you'll want to post your images at Original size - this most likely will cause your image to be much wider than your posting space, and as such, will either impede on your sidebar or have part of your image cut off.
It's in this pop-up where you can also Add caption - for instance, if you wanted to add a descriptor of the image, or perhaps a link to the source of the image.
You can also change your image's justification to Left, Center, or Right. If you've made your image X-Large, though, you'll want to center justify so that it sits centered in your post.
3. Adding a Watermark to your Images
What is "Watermarking"?
Watermarking is adding your information (site name, web address, copyright) to your photos you post on your site, like this:
How to Watermark:
There are two ways to add watermarks to your images for free, using online software.
a) Batch watermarking.
Several images are watermarked all at once. Speeds the process, but you're limited to 5 or 6 font choices, and can't really customize where each watermark is placed on any given photo.
Just Google "batch watermarking online" and you'll come up with several online programs you don't need to download.
b) individual photo watermarking.
For this option, I'd use something like Pixlr.com/express - it takes a lot longer, but you can add custom text and add it to anywhere you like on the photo.
- Discouraging 'theivery' - if you're creating original graphics, wallpapers, etc., which are for sale, you'll need watermarks to prevent people from 'stealing' your graphics without paying for them.
- Reference - if someone's 'pinned' an image from your site, anyone will be able to find it's origin given that your site's address is right on the image.
- Copyright - self explanatory.
- Add some bling/personality. It's your way of putting your 'stamp' on your photos - probably one of the prettiest quilter blogger watermarks I've ever seen is Nicole's from "Mama Love Quilts". It's gorgeous - simple, mimics her blog header, and doesn't overwhelm her images:
|image courtesy of Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts|