Quick Tips for Taking Better Photos with Your Phone

Today’s post is an extra special treat! We’ve asked the talented Chari Pack, founder & CEO of Persnickety Prints, to share with you some tips for taking better photos on our phones. Whether we’re promoting our businesses, taking photos for our scrapbooks, or just posting to social media, these tips are sure to take our phone photography to the next level!

Whether you’re digitizing photos with your phone or snapping pictures of your latest project, these tips will make a big difference for taking lay-flat photos.

1. Find Natural Light (no flash)

Lighting is everything! Find natural light next to a window. Avoid direct light, and use curtains to soften the photo when necessary.

2. Avoid Distracting Backgrounds

Avoid wood tables with grain, do not use the carpet or a distracting counter top. Use a clean background to focus on the subject and make it pop! Use a plain white poster board or colorful paper as the background.

3. Take Advantage of Grid Mode

Use the grid tool on your smart phone to level a lay-flat photo! Align the cross hairs to level the phone, and snap!

For iPhone: settings > camera > grid > on

For Android: settings > varies by phone

A few more….

4. Remove Unwanted Glare
Scrapbook pages in page protectors may result in a distracting glare. Remove the layout from the page protectors and set them on top to take the photo.

5. Do a Quick Edit!
After taking a photo, take 30 seconds to edit it! A quick auto enhance makes all the difference.

6. Try Different Angles

Capture fine details by changing your angle. In this photo I focused on the butterfly to show the dimension of the page. Tap the screen to focus and slide up and down to adjust exposure.

Now, get your projects off the shelf and take photos of them to share and inspire others. You’re creating art, we want to see it!

XO, Chari

Thanks, Chari, for the great tips!

Close To My Heart is proud to recommend Persnickety Prints as a trusted photo lab for quality photo prints. Our commitment to memory keeping means we strive to provide products of the highest quality that will last. Persnickety Prints shares that same mission with all their photo processing and with their new Persnickety Box app. Every order is assessed, optimized, hand-printed, and quality checked. You already use the best products to tell your story—be sure that you have the best quality photos, too!

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Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile

We’re thinking PINK all month long at Close To My Heart with our Pretty in Pink special,  featuring a select group of pink and gold items at 25% off as well as three exclusive product bundles at 30% off! These bundles include the Bashful—Color of the Year bundle (which you can also get FREE by signing up as a Consultant or hosting a qualifying party this month!) and two bundles with supplies to make this beautiful butterfly mobile:
Pretty in Pink Butterfly Mobile #ctmh #closetomyheart #butterfly #mobile #prettyinpink #pretty #pink #bashful #pixie #blossom #gold #foil #raspberry #white #twine #girl #baby #cricut #design #space #nurseryWe’ve taken the guesswork out of this project by putting together step-by-step instructions and even providing a Cricut Design Space™ project file for you to cut your butterflies and flowers. That means, all you have to do to replicate this gorgeous décor piece is assemble it!

For a full set of instructions to make this mobile, click here. Follow along with Monica in the video below to see how it all comes together!

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Origami Cats & Bats

Trend alert! From runways to street wear, to wall art, jewelry, food, and even children’s toys—origami designs are everywhere! And since “origami” literally means the art of folding paper, we knew we had to get on board! If you’ve taken a look at our Cats & Bats collection, you’ll see that we’ve captured this style for your scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting project needs!


To help you embrace this trend even further, we made some Halloween origami art to encourage you to create something for your own space during this spooktacular time of year!

Cats & Bats Origami #ctmh #origami #trend #mobile #bats #cats&bats #papercrafting #walldecor

Inspired by our own paper designs, we found an origami bat tutorial that we just had to try! We started out with square pieces of paper and, true to the art of origami, didn’t use any cuts or adhesive.

Cats & Bats Origami #ctmh #origami #trend #mobile #bats #cats&bats #papercrafting #walldecor
We made six of these batty pieces and attached them to a spray-painted branch with some string. Then we added a few bows made from ribbon and suspended the branch with more string—and that’s it!

Don’t miss out on this exciting craze! It’s fun and crafty and right up our alley! (Who doesn’t love playing with paper?)

Fold away and craft on!


Recipe

Bat Mobile
X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet, Z3362 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3216 White Twine, Black Spray Paint, Branch

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