Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photography Tips: Black and white photos

Not all of us are great photographers (especially me) and sometimes we get imperfect photos, just like the one I used in this LO. It's grainy and a little blurry but I wanted to use it in a Lo because I really like it.
My solution to this problem was not to use it in its original colors but to turn it into black and white. This solution softened the imperfections without losing the essence of the photo. If you want to turn a photo to black and white you can use Photoshop or any free program online that offers photo editing options.

Working with black and white photos allows you to use more vibrant colors in a LO that would not clash with a colorful photo and create noisier backgrounds. In this LO I used a resist paper that has a printed pattern that is for resist techniques like misting. 

A few challenges:

Scrap fit #27: Fussy cutting
Crafty Card makers #67: For the boys
Crafts and me #83: Punches and die cuts
Little red wagon #132: Mist-ify us
Pixie dust studio #125: For the boys
Paper lovin' gals #31: Flower power
DYSU #71: Use a flower
Southern girls #44: About the boys

Have fun creating!



  1. What a great layout! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  2. Lovely LO! I really like how the black and white photo works with the colorful background and embellishments!
    Thanks for joining our "All about the boys" challenge at the Southern Girls. Hope to see you again!

    Hugs Siv

  3. Great page! I like how you misted on the resist paper.

  4. Fabulous layout. Thank you for sharing it with us at CCM this time.

  5. Great layout ...
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

    Annette xx

  6. Wonderful layout! Thanks for the tips too. And thank you for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  7. A fab layout, I love the bunting and the vintage key motif.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU!

  8. Your fussy cutting looks beautiful!! I really like this page, and I think the photo is fantastic :) Thanks for working out with us at ScrapFIT!

  9. Fabulous page. Thanks for joining us this week.

    Kasey ~ in Oz
    Paper Lovin' Gals DT

  10. Lovely take on the sketch...thanks for playing along at Sketchabilities :)

  11. Great Layout and I love the paper that you have used :) Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our "For The Boys" challenge.
    Fiona x

  12. This came out great.. I love all the elements you added. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Lovin' Gals.

  13. What a beautiful layout! The black and white photo is perfect! I need to remember that more often. Use black and white means more colored paper works! Thanks for joining us at Paper Lovin' Gals!!!
    Michele F.
    PLG DT

  14. Gorgeous page!! Your fussy cutting is amazing!! I've also converted fuzzy photos to black and white to be able to use them. Such a great tip!! Thanks for joining us for the Weekend Warm-Up at ScrapFIT! ~ Blessings