Alphabet shots

posted November 13th, 2012
Please help with this subject if you have ever done this photography type.

I would like to know what "rules" to follow for taking pictures of the alphabet - you see them at every craft fair . . . you take black and white shots of the alphabet and then you use the pictures to spell names, etc.

I know that they have to be taken in portrait not landscape but is there a certain way to spot them? I just don't see the letters out there.

Any tips??
posted November 13th, 2012
You just have to keep your eyes open and look beyond the obvious. I did two as Christmas presents last year. For a few letters that I couldn't find, I simply made them myself.

Here's the one I made for my granddaughter:



And here's the one I did for my mom:

posted November 13th, 2012
i did the whole alphabet a few months ago, but i didn't have any rules as i was just doing it for myself!
http://365project.org/smevvy/themes-and-comp/2012-02
posted November 13th, 2012
My son's 'Alphabet April' (4th - 30th) is here:
http://365project.org/nimbus900/365/2012-04

He made it harder for himself by having each object start with the letter that it depicted.
Mine was rubbish. I didn't do letters, but things beginning with...
posted November 13th, 2012
I saw at an art fair a guy who found every letter of the alphabet in JCB parts (Diggers) and spelled out boys names. very clever.
posted November 13th, 2012
Here's mine...it.took months to achieve!

posted November 13th, 2012
@psychographer really cool....what dedication and creativity!
posted November 13th, 2012
Hi Juletee @juletee ! I did mine with actual letters which I found around - I made a wonky keyboard of them.


About the same time Elin @lluniau did her own alphabet, she did them in the same bluey shade from shapes she found around and I think she did a great job!


I think the best advice I can offer is to make each photo a square, that way you don't lose any of the edges and it keeps the letters even.
Enjoy and good luck!
posted November 13th, 2012
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@juletee,
i just used some of my rejected photos-instead of deleting 'em,i played around to make up something-i cropped,twisted 'em around,up and down--just 'little bit of crazy imagination...
have fun !!
posted November 13th, 2012
posted November 13th, 2012
I love finding letters. No rules, you just have to look at things in a different way. Here's a few of mine:







posted November 13th, 2012
Just put my numbers into a collage - I'll add them as I found them 'around' - I do think you start to see letters, numbers, shapes more as you go looking for them.

posted November 13th, 2012
cool i may have a go at one of these
posted November 13th, 2012
@harveyzone
Your sons alphabet month is fabulous! Loved the "B" for Ben!!
posted November 14th, 2012
How cool! And how crazy as well, as at work today, I was noticing the letter "A" outside made by the corner of the building and the wall coming together. I didn't have my camera with me, so I planned to bring it with me tomorrow. Maybe this is my sign that I should go all out and try to hunt for the whole alphabet over the next few weeks :)
posted November 14th, 2012
i had this for a "get pushed" challenge back in august... the letters may be a bit tricky to discern in some cases...

posted November 14th, 2012
I'm not doing this right am I?
posted November 14th, 2012
@gphelps5 You make me laugh! This may be a good solution to my problem! Thanks
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