Get Your Picture on the Homepage!

audreyObscura here, I have been the gal photographing most of the featured authors for the recent homepage re-design. I am encouraging YOU! YES, YOU! to help us keep our homepage exciting and fresh! We are seeking excellent images of the community's authors, but keep in mind we have a particular aesthetic we are seeking:

  • Images of Authors working on their projects
  • Portraits of Authors in their workspace (kitchens! studios! where ever you make stuff!)
  • High-res, well lit images (2000 px on it's SHORTEST side)
  • Land-scape orientation
  • Strong compositions
  • Excellent accompanying instructables

I will continue to photograph local authors, and I'll keep the forum updated as I travel to other areas. I'll tell you where I'll be, and you let me know if you want a photo taken while I'm there. By no means should we limit ourselves to featuring just the authors that I am able to visit. So take great picture of yourself working on your projects, and we might just feature your work in our Homepage Rotator.

If you want more information feel free to PM me and I will try and coach you through making great photos for the site.

Please post your photos in the forum topic below :)


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audreyobscura (author) 4 years ago
These are the camera settings I have been consistantly using on my DSLR for the Homepage Rotator:
  • JPG Quality - LARGE
  • Automatic Color Balance
  • ISO 1000 or slower.
  • f/2.8 - 5.6 (NO HIGHER! We want a shallow depth of field, I was only going to f/5.6 if I was zooming more than 70mm)
  • 1/25 - 1/1000 of a second. USE A TRIPOD for any shutter speed slower than 1/80th of a second.
Helpful tips:
  • Don't try and take your own picture, make time to schedule a photoshoot,.
  • Natural Light is your friend! Get outside, stand by windows, and avoid using your camera's flash.
  • Take a lot of pictures. Try and make each shot a little different, and have a trigger-happy friend help you.
  • If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, try all the different settings/styles.

Pro tips:
  • I use off-camera flash, which means: I am using a big flash that syncs to my camera's shutter. I point it at the ceiling if I am working inside, or deflect it to a disc if I am outdoors. This create a great diffused light with no harsh shadows
  • TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES, for each of the homepage rotators, I probably generated about 100 images and had to narrow down to one.
  • Get wide shots, and tight shots. The rule of thirds is your friend.
  • ASK A PRO! Post your concerns here, and I am happy to answer your questions. I've never met a camera I can't trick into making good photographs.
eeek this says its smaller but on the computer it says what i told you above ....grrrrrrr
audreyobscura (author)  coolbeansbaby684 years ago
That's OK. How about this... we will have a presence at NY Maker Faire, and will happily photograph you there for our homepage rotator. I am about to post a detailed comment on what camera settings I have been using, and further encourage other authors to publish their photos to this forum post.

this is the camera that i am using . im not sure of the settings yet i will take a new pic and see what happens
hhmmmm it says it 1632x1224 on my computer ..
audreyobscura (author)  coolbeansbaby684 years ago
that is a larger file size than before. do you know what quality setting you are using with your camera?
i think
3rd tier 013.JPG
My first paint job ...
paint 1.jpg
crappy picture i think
audreyobscura (author)  coolbeansbaby684 years ago
You are doing amazingly cool stuff! This is a little picture too. I know you have a camera that takes bigger pictures from lurking your Instructables images. Bust that guy out!
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