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This photo was taken outdoors with the page temporary mounted on a cardboard base. Notice that I've left plenty of space around the edges to enable me to crop out the background.


Digitizing Your Scrapbook Pages
Submitted : January 13 2007 by Alison McGregor.

Taking pictures of your scrapbook pages with your digital camera is the quickest and easiest way to share them electronically. Many scrapbook page contests and online layout galleries require you to have digital images of your scrapbook pages so you can email them for entry.

Making digital images of your scrapbook pages are not that hard to make as long as you follow a few rules. If your scrapbook pages contain no protruding embellishments, and is A4 in size, then use a scanner instead to capture your pages into digital format. Best setting is 75dpi. For personal use, printing and archiving, use 300dpi.

Scrapbook pages are usually 12x12 in size and are too big for the standard scanner. Even after you have scanned in your 12x12 pages, you will still have to stitch them together afterwards using photo imaging software.

Taking digital photos of your scrapbook pages are the best solution to this problem. You can also use this technique to save digital copies of your scrapbook pages in case of disaster such as fire or flood. Once cropped your pages will look like the real thing !!

Photographing Indoors : Normal lighting is not suitable for shooting your scrapbook pages indoors since this will give a brownish, yellowish finish. The best way is to create a framework with three small fluorescent tubes mounted on a white glossy painted background for reflection. Always mount your scrapbook pages on a board with a darker background than the pages you are currently shooting. This is to make cropping lighter pages easier. Prop the board upright against a wall, chair etc. Set up your lighting frame to illuminate your scrapbook pages without throwing shadows. Switch off all interior lights before taking your photo. If you have a photo studio with a "true-light" lamp, use that instead. Mount your camera on a tripod or any other way to give it a stable base. With handheld cameras you always will get an angle mixed in somewhere and will not get that perfect 1:1 shot. Start with your camera set to Auto, with the flash switched off. If you do not get the desired effect, play around with your manual settings.

Photographing Outdoors: The best lighting is bright sunlight. As before, mount your scrapbook pages on to a board. Lay the board flat on your verandah or stoop. The next step is a bit tricky. Either stand directly above your page to take your photo or mount on an adjustable camera stand directly above your page. The trick is to get your camera mounted perfectly perpendicular to the page. With handheld cameras you won't get that perfect 1:1 perpendicular shot. What I use is a bench flexible inspection lamp stand, found in the attic, with the top part discarded and having a clamp in it's place to hold my camera. If you can afford it, get yourself an adjustable camera stand. With a bit of innovation you can mount fluorescent lighting above your camera fixture to double up for indoors shooting of your scrapbook pages.

Taking the photo: Turn off your flash. Any direct, bright lights will cause glare from the photographs and embellishments on your scrapbook pages. Also, be careful that lamps and overhead lights in the room are not showing glare on your pages. When shooting a page, line up the page squarely in your view finder. Make sure that you do not take the photo at an angle. Leave some room around the edge for cropping later on. You don't want to take the shot only to realize when you start working with it that you had cut off a small amount on one edge of the page. You can always crop this background later using your photo editing software.

The Finished Layout: Once cropped, your photos now looks like the pictures taken of your scrapbook pages. With a little practice, you will find that you almost never need to "scan and stitch" images of your scrapbook pages ever again.


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