What Is The Best Way to Take Photos For Print?

One of the most important steps in getting an amazing end product is capturing the initial image. With modern day design tools a lot can be done to enhance images and make sure everything is ready for print, however underestimating the power of an amazing source image is a mistake. To help make sure you are capturing the best images possible we have designed a simple 4 step plan for you to follow based on the tips and tricks our photographers use.

1. Choose Your Camera

Choosing the right equipment for the job can really help you in capturing the perfect image. We prefer digital SLR cameras as the quality and control of the photos is perfect for print and design tasks. The next step is to make sure your lighting and lens are set up, you want to make sure everything is in focus and nothing is being washed out or obstructed.

2. Prep Your Location

Neutral backgrounds work best as there are less aspects to take into consideration. Simply using white paper as a backdrop can achieve this effect, however if you want something more unique it is important to try to replicate this in all of your images for consistency. Watch out for shadows or poorly lit areas, as lighting can drastically effect an images quality and the consistency of your portfolio. You should be aiming for a soft, even light.

Picking your angles carefully is also important, consider what you are using the image for. If you are looking to use the image in a brochure perhaps a more creative top down image is appropriate, however if you are trying to document a painting a perfect face on angle is most likely what you are looking for.

Using space effectively can also really help when setting up your location. Consider setting the subject up in different angles and distances, depending on your desired outcome this can really help enhance your end product.

3. Take The Photo

You are now ready to take your shot. Your available lighting and background will effect the need for flash. If you are shooting on a white background flash could really help enhance the whites of your image, creating a seamless background and crisp effect.

If you are using a DSLR we recommend setting it to aperture-priority and making sure you have enough depth of focus. If you are not sure about this it is best to take your pictures on an automatic mode. Remember to fill your frame and experiment with camera angles.

4. Edit And Print

You are now ready to edit your photo and go into production! If you want to learn more about editing and printing your image, we recommend having a read of this article.

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