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PHOTOS on my journals。

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I get lots of questions on Instagram regarding my photos on journals and photos of my journals. How do you print them? Which printer do you use? What camera do you use? Which paper do you use?... etc. So, here are my answers. This is what I do currently, but I am not suggesting that this is the best way.



1. Take good pictures:

It is simple. Good pictures look good when printed. Use a good-quality camera and lens when you take pictures, when possible. The iPhone camera is convenient, but please be aware that iPhone camera is no comparison to real SLRs quality-wise. Of course, it is not always possible to carry around your heavy SLR. I currently use NIKON D80 with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM to take photos of my journal. But when I am out, I use my iPhone camera as well to take photos to paste onto my journal.

Make sure that you capture crisp focus and sharp lines. Blurred photos are not appealing to anyone. Use natural light to take photos, if possible. Please pay attention to the quality of your photos because you are technically taking photos twice: The photos you are pasting onto your journal and the photo of your journal.



2. Photo editing:

I use Photoshop Elements to edit my photos. But you can use any photo editing software you are confortable with. Adjust brightness, contrast, colors and sharpness. This process becomes critical when you are using so-so-quality cameras. When you print photos, the colors typically come out a bit darker than what you see on your computer screen. Different cameras and printers also give different results. So, get to know your tools and make sure to adjust accordingly.

Adjusting the size of photos is also important. I create 4X6 JPEG images with multiple photos to print out. In this way, I can figure out how big my photos will be when printed.



blank page


photos arranged



3. Printer:

Any home inkjet color printer would do the job. Don't go crazy with the printer. I am not even writing about my printer because I hate it. It doesn't even print straight...



4. Paper:

You can get the best quality when you use real photo paper. However, photo paper is generally thick and your journal quickly becomes bulky and hard to write on the back of the page. I use this paper from Japan: Sanwa super fine quality matte paper 0.11mm thick (A4 size). I cut them into 4 equal pieces to make them A6. I rarely need A4 size paper for one day of photo printing.




I use this for printing photos for my journal.



5. Cut and paste, manually:

Yes, you have to manually cut and paste your photos onto your journal. I cannot print photos directly onto my journal (Somebody asked me before...). Because the paper I'm using is pretty thin, I use a regular stick glue, not double-sided tape to properly paste the edges.



That's all I can tell you about photo printing for journaling. Have fun.

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