The Secret to Taking Better Pictures of your Bible Journaling Pages

Have you ever wondered how some people take such great pictures of their Bible journaling pages? This blog post lets you in on the secret to taking amazing pictures of your artwork and the best part is, you probably have everything you need!

If you have looked at images of other people’s bible journaling pages on Pinterest or Instagram, you might have found yourself wondering how some people get such professional looking pictures of their pages.

I do happen to be a professional photographer, but I never use my actual camera or any special lights or tools to take my pictures.

I’ll bet that 99% of the images that you see of Bible journaling pages are taken the same way.

The secret is easy, simple and most importantly, it’s free:

Natural light. 

That’s it. 

The secret to any good photo, really, is natural light…not matter what you’re photographing.

That can be on a table by a window, on the floor by the front door, or even outside.

Look around your house at different times of the day and I bet you’ll notice that at certain times, beautiful light comes in through your windows and doors. Take advantage of them!

I take mine by the sliding glass door that leads to my backyard. The light is usually the best in the afternoon and evening because the door faces the East. If I were to want to take a picture in the morning, I would use the light from my front door by just opening it up.

Here’s a picture of my set up. I just pull back my blinds, lay down a piece of white poster board (which is optional, but if you’d like a white background, it’s a great cheap way to achieve that look!) next to the door, put my bible on the poster board….

Have you ever wondered how some people take such great pictures of their Bible journaling pages? This blog post lets you in on the secret to taking amazing pictures of your artwork and the best part is, you probably have everything you need!

And VOILA! You have a professional image of your bible page!

Have you ever wondered how some people take such great pictures of their Bible journaling pages? This blog post lets you in on the secret to taking amazing pictures of your artwork and the best part is, you probably have everything you need!

 

Buuuut, you might notice that it doesn’t look as bright or sharp as some of the other images you’ve been seeing. 

This is where some photo editing apps come in handy. 

Some of my favorite apps to edit my images are AfterLight ($.99), Photoshop Fix (free) and A Color Story (free, but has add ons you can purchase. I just use the free version!). 

You will have to just play with the images that you take yourself, but some of the things that I almost always end up altering are:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Highlights
  • Shadow
  • Temperature
  • and occasionally saturation

Sometimes I’ll only have to play with a few of these settings, some days I’ll have to play with all of them. It will depend on your image, page and the light you had available when you took the picture. 

Here’s the page after I edited it in the photo apps.

Have you ever wondered how some people take such great pictures of their Bible journaling pages? This blog post lets you in on the secret to taking amazing pictures of your artwork and the best part is, you probably have everything you need!

The last thing that I do is add my Instagram name as a watermark. 

This is optional, but I found that a lot of people were stealing my images and passing them off as their own artwork (sad trombone) so I had to start watermarking.

Side note: I know I probably don’t have to tell you this, but please don’t steal other artist’s images. It makes them very sad.

My favorite app to use for watermarking is WordSwag ($4.99).

A few of the apps that I use do cost a few dollars a piece, but I use them SO much for tons of different things that they are well worth the investment for me. And it’s way cheaper than a DSLR camera and Photoshop…believe me!

So there you have it! You will probably have to practice a little to find what works best for you, but you’ll be taking amazing pictures of your beautiful bible pages in no time!

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Neely Beattie

Neely is a wife, stay-at-home mom, and photographer in Southwest Missouri. She loves Jesus, laughing, sarcasm, flannel shirts, a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Neely is drawn to the quirky, weird, and random things in life and can find something funny in almost any situation. With a bachelors degree in graphic design, she has found another way to funnel her love for creating: using bible journaling to share God's message. What began as a personal commitment to soak up God's word by using art, has now become a way to encourage and uplift others. When Neely isn't doing any of the above things, she can usually be found binge watching shows on Netflix or texting her sister-in-law funny pictures she found on the Internet.