How to Take BUJO Pictures

How to Take BUJO Pictures

A bullet journal, or BUJO, is a great way to track goals, organize events, and make schedules. If you spend a lot of time designing the pages of your bullet journal, sharing photos of it online can be a great way to inspire others. Since you won’t need any special equipment, you can take and edit your pictures whether you’re just a starting photographer or a professional. Once you’re happy with your images, you’re ready to share it on social media!

Method 1 of 3:
Setting up Your Shot

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1
Set up your journal in a well-lit area. If you can, try to find a spot near a window so you can use natural light. If the sun isn’t out or if you’re not able to use natural light, find a flat surface to lay out your journal near another light source. Take out your phone or camera and point it down at your journal to make sure the page doesn’t look blown out. [1] X Research source Try to avoid overhead lighting since you or your camera may cast a shadow over your journal. Check if there are any shadows in your shot that distract your eye away from the journal. If there are, try repositioning your light source or moving the journal.
2
Put your camera or phone on a tripod if you want to keep it steady. Set up a tripod in front of your journal and secure your camera or phone to it. Tilt the tripod head so your camera points straight down at the journal. Check that the camera lens is parallel to the floor, or else your picture may look slightly skewed. [2] X Research source Taking the pictures on your phone is the easiest and most convenient since you can directly edit and upload it to social media apps. DSLR cameras will give you the clearest image, but you will have to upload it to a computer to edit before you post it. You do not need a tripod if you don’t have one. Just be sure to hold your camera very steady when you’re taking the picture.
3
Use a similar background in each photo to create a theme. If you’ve taken BUJO pictures in the past, look at what you had in the background so you can copy the same aesthetic. Put your journal on a surface that has a similar color or texture so it fits in with the rest of the images. If this is the first time you’re taking photos of your bullet journal, decide on the style you want and pick a background that fits. [3] X Research source For example, for a more rustic look, you may lay your journal on a wooden table with some burlap. As another example, for a clean and modern picture, try setting the journal on a white sheet or countertop.
4
Arrange props around your journal to add layers to your photo. Look at the pages that you want to take pictures and find items related to what you’ve written. You can also include the pens and markers you used to write the pages. Look through your camera and arrange the props so they’re in frame and surrounding the journal. You may either overlap the props to make the picture more visually interesting or organize them in straight lines for a cleaner aesthetic. [4] X Research source For example, if you have a spread about traveling, you may include a camera, small travel cases, and plane tickets in your photo. As another example, if you have a spread about fitness goals, you may include props like small dumbbells, sweat bands, and running shoes. To make your picture look more active, keep your hand near the edge of the frame and hold one of the pens. That way, it looks like you just finished writing the page.
5
Adjust the focus on your camera so you can read the journal. If you’re using your phone, use the auto-focus option. Tap on your screen where you want the camera to focus and it will automatically adjust. If you’re using a DSLR camera, you can manually focus your picture by rotating the dial on the lens until you can read your lettering. Some third-party camera apps allow you to manually focus, but they usually cost money.
6
Keep the journal parallel with the edges of the frame to capture the full spread. Straighten out your journal so the pages lie flat against the surface. Make sure you can see all of your props and all of the writing in your journal clearly. When you’re ready to take a picture, press down on the shutter button. Take a few pictures in this setup so you have options to choose from later on. [5] X Research source Turn on the grid in your phone’s camera app or on a DSLR camera’s display so it’s easier to tell if your journal is parallel with the edges. If you plan on posting your BUJO pictures to Instagram, use the square photo frame on your phone since that’s how most pictures are formatted there.
7
Try different angles for more artistic photos. Keep the camera lens parallel to the ground. Rotate your phone or camera by 30–45 degrees clockwise so your journal is at an angle in frame. Take a few moments to reorganize your props in frame before you take a few pictures. Return your camera to the starting position and then turn it counterclockwise for a few more photos so you have options to choose from. [6] X Research source It’s okay if some of the writing in your journal gets cut off in these pictures.
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Method 2 of 3:
Editing and Posting Your Pictures

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1
Turn up the brightness and highlights to lighten up the page. You can either edit your picture using a photo-sharing app or editing software on your computer. Look for the brightness adjustment in the menu and move the slider. As you raise the brightness, the white pages will look more vibrant so you’re able to read the text. [7] X Research source Popular editing software and apps include Photoshop, VSCO, Snapseed, and Instagram. Photoshop offers the most options for editing, but it’s the most expensive. Instagram, VSCO, and Snapseed are free, but they do not offer as advanced editing options. The amount you adjust the brightness depends on how you lit your photo. You may not need to adjust the brightness at all if the page already looks white. Avoid cranking the brightness too high, or else your image will get blown out and you won’t be able to see all the hard work you put into the journal.
2
Boost the contrast to make the words stand out. Look for the contrast setting in the menus and select it to open the adjustment. Slowly turn up the contrast in the image so your lettering looks darker on the page. Pay attention to how the contrast affects the other colors in your photo since it may make them look oversaturated. Find a setting where the colors still look natural while making the text pop from the page. [8] X Research source If you’re working in advanced editing software, like Photoshop, you can select a specific region of the photo and only raise the contrast in that area. That way, your adjustment doesn’t affect the other props or background.
3
Raise the sharpness so the journal is easier to read. The sharpness setting helps define lines and edges in your photo, so it can help make your text stand out. Look for the sharpness setting, which is usually marked with a triangular icon. Start the slider at 0 and slowly move it up. Stop moving the slider when you can read the text easier without the rest of the photo having hard outlines. [9] X Research source You don’t have to adjust the sharpness if you can easily read the photo.
4
Add a watermark with your username somewhere on the photo. If you want a basic watermark, just use a fun font and type your username. If you want to get more artsy, you can design a unique logo with your username in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator. Place the watermark somewhere on your image, such as in an empty space on the page or along the edges of the photo. If you don’t want the watermark to stand out as much, you can lower the opacity so it’s not as noticeable. [10] X Research source Change the color of your watermark to match the color scheme you use in your journal. You don’t need to add a watermark to your work if you don’t want to, but it will help prevent people from sharing your images without crediting you.
5
Upload your image to a social media site to share it. Pick the social media site where you want to post your BUJO pictures, such as Facebook, VSCO, or Instagram. Select your edited picture from your gallery and write a caption. Think of something fun that’s related to the page spread that you’re posting. When you’re ready to share, click the Post button so other people can appreciate your designs! [11] X Research source For example, if you’re posting a page that shows your monthly goals, you may write, “There are so many things I’m looking forward to accomplishing! What are you planning to get done this month?” Include “#bujo” in your caption so your image shows up with other bullet journal posts. You can always add multiple photos to a post if you want to show different angles or close-ups.
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Method 3 of 3:
Designing Your Spreads

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1
Use different lettering for your headings and body. Changing your lettering styles makes your BUJO look more interesting so your pictures don’t look repetitive. Make the largest lettering in block letters or calligraphy when you label a new page. Try to use a similar, but slightly smaller style when you label a section on the page. When you write the main tasks or bullets in your journal, work with smaller, thinner lettering so it’s easier to read. [12] X Research source Avoid using different lettering styles on every single page since it can make your bullet journal look disorganized and messy. Draw boxes around headings or underline them to help separate them from the rest of your writing. Experiment with different lettering and handwriting on a scrap piece of paper beforehand so you can pick 2 or 3 that you really like.
2
Write with different colored pens and markers to make the page stand out. While you can use the same color throughout your entire bullet journal, it can start looking monotonous when you take pictures. Get a variety of markers, pens, or colored pencils so you can color-code your journal. Try highlighting important text or titles, outlining letters with another color, or labeling tasks different colors in order of importance. Try to pick a consistent color scheme for the entirety of your journal. [13] X Research source Avoid writing your BUJO in pencil since it may be harder to read in your pictures. Try using different colors depending on the seasons. For example, you may use orange, red, and yellow in fall to match the colors of the leaves, or you could use light blue, grey, and purple during winter to make it seem colder.
3
Draw doodles on the pages to make the journal artistic. You may draw something to remember a specific memory or just to add a small design next to a heading. Start your doodle lightly in pencil before going over it with darker lines. Leave your doodle simple if you want it to have a clean look or try coloring it in to make it stand out from the rest of the page. [14] X Research source For example, if you recently went on a trip, you may draw an airplane or train to represent your travels. Practice sketching your drawings on a scrap sheet of paper before putting in your journal.
4
Incorporate photographs into your bullet journal for a personalized touch. You can print out photos you found online or ones that you’ve taken yourself. Try to find pictures that match the mood or events listed on the page so it feels cohesive, or else they may feel out of place. Cut the pictures to fit on your page so you can glue or tape them inside. [15] X Research source Try making a collage on your page spread to make a mood or inspiration board. For example, if you’re listing the goals you want to achieve this summer, find images of the things you want to do. You may include pictures of maps, beaches, friends, fireworks, or campfires.
5
Put washi tape around the edges of the page for a decorative border. Washi tape is a type of cellophane tape with designs printed on it. Choose a design that fits with the color scheme of your journal so it doesn’t clash. Rip off a strip of the washi tape that’s long enough for the page and stick it to the paper. If the tape overhangs the edges of the page, trim it carefully with a pair of scissors. [16] X Research source You can buy washi tape online or at arts and crafts stores. If you don’t have washi tape, you can use regular cellophane tape and draw on it with pens or markers. Try drawing on a scrap piece of tape to make sure the ink doesn’t smudge.
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Apply stickers to the page if you want a fun pop of color. You can use any stickers you want in your journal, so buy a sheet of them with designs that you like and match your aesthetic. [17] X Research source Stickers are also a great way to cover mistakes you made when you were writing. Just find a sticker that’s big enough to cover the word or letter you messed up.
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Method 1 of 3:
Setting up Your Shot

Image titled Get over Not Having a Boyfriend_Girlfriend Step 10
1
Set up your journal in a well-lit area. If you can, try to find a spot near a window so you can use natural light. If the sun isn’t out or if you’re not able to use natural light, find a flat surface to lay out your journal near another light source. Take out your phone or camera and point it down at your journal to make sure the page doesn’t look blown out. [1] X Research source Try to avoid overhead lighting since you or your camera may cast a shadow over your journal. Check if there are any shadows in your shot that distract your eye away from the journal. If there are, try repositioning your light source or moving the journal.
2
Put your camera or phone on a tripod if you want to keep it steady. Set up a tripod in front of your journal and secure your camera or phone to it. Tilt the tripod head so your camera points straight down at the journal. Check that the camera lens is parallel to the floor, or else your picture may look slightly skewed. [2] X Research source Taking the pictures on your phone is the easiest and most convenient since you can directly edit and upload it to social media apps. DSLR cameras will give you the clearest image, but you will have to upload it to a computer to edit before you post it. You do not need a tripod if you don’t have one. Just be sure to hold your camera very steady when you’re taking the picture.
3
Use a similar background in each photo to create a theme. If you’ve taken BUJO pictures in the past, look at what you had in the background so you can copy the same aesthetic. Put your journal on a surface that has a similar color or texture so it fits in with the rest of the images. If this is the first time you’re taking photos of your bullet journal, decide on the style you want and pick a background that fits. [3] X Research source For example, for a more rustic look, you may lay your journal on a wooden table with some burlap. As another example, for a clean and modern picture, try setting the journal on a white sheet or countertop.
4
Arrange props around your journal to add layers to your photo. Look at the pages that you want to take pictures and find items related to what you’ve written. You can also include the pens and markers you used to write the pages. Look through your camera and arrange the props so they’re in frame and surrounding the journal. You may either overlap the props to make the picture more visually interesting or organize them in straight lines for a cleaner aesthetic. [4] X Research source For example, if you have a spread about traveling, you may include a camera, small travel cases, and plane tickets in your photo. As another example, if you have a spread about fitness goals, you may include props like small dumbbells, sweat bands, and running shoes. To make your picture look more active, keep your hand near the edge of the frame and hold one of the pens. That way, it looks like you just finished writing the page.
5
Adjust the focus on your camera so you can read the journal. If you’re using your phone, use the auto-focus option. Tap on your screen where you want the camera to focus and it will automatically adjust. If you’re using a DSLR camera, you can manually focus your picture by rotating the dial on the lens until you can read your lettering. Some third-party camera apps allow you to manually focus, but they usually cost money.
6
Keep the journal parallel with the edges of the frame to capture the full spread. Straighten out your journal so the pages lie flat against the surface. Make sure you can see all of your props and all of the writing in your journal clearly. When you’re ready to take a picture, press down on the shutter button. Take a few pictures in this setup so you have options to choose from later on. [5] X Research source Turn on the grid in your phone’s camera app or on a DSLR camera’s display so it’s easier to tell if your journal is parallel with the edges. If you plan on posting your BUJO pictures to Instagram, use the square photo frame on your phone since that’s how most pictures are formatted there.
7
Try different angles for more artistic photos. Keep the camera lens parallel to the ground. Rotate your phone or camera by 30–45 degrees clockwise so your journal is at an angle in frame. Take a few moments to reorganize your props in frame before you take a few pictures. Return your camera to the starting position and then turn it counterclockwise for a few more photos so you have options to choose from. [6] X Research source It’s okay if some of the writing in your journal gets cut off in these pictures.
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Method 2 of 3:
Editing and Posting Your Pictures

Image titled Get Over Depression As a Teenager Step 18
1
Turn up the brightness and highlights to lighten up the page. You can either edit your picture using a photo-sharing app or editing software on your computer. Look for the brightness adjustment in the menu and move the slider. As you raise the brightness, the white pages will look more vibrant so you’re able to read the text. [7] X Research source Popular editing software and apps include Photoshop, VSCO, Snapseed, and Instagram. Photoshop offers the most options for editing, but it’s the most expensive. Instagram, VSCO, and Snapseed are free, but they do not offer as advanced editing options. The amount you adjust the brightness depends on how you lit your photo. You may not need to adjust the brightness at all if the page already looks white. Avoid cranking the brightness too high, or else your image will get blown out and you won’t be able to see all the hard work you put into the journal.
2
Boost the contrast to make the words stand out. Look for the contrast setting in the menus and select it to open the adjustment. Slowly turn up the contrast in the image so your lettering looks darker on the page. Pay attention to how the contrast affects the other colors in your photo since it may make them look oversaturated. Find a setting where the colors still look natural while making the text pop from the page. [8] X Research source If you’re working in advanced editing software, like Photoshop, you can select a specific region of the photo and only raise the contrast in that area. That way, your adjustment doesn’t affect the other props or background.
3
Raise the sharpness so the journal is easier to read. The sharpness setting helps define lines and edges in your photo, so it can help make your text stand out. Look for the sharpness setting, which is usually marked with a triangular icon. Start the slider at 0 and slowly move it up. Stop moving the slider when you can read the text easier without the rest of the photo having hard outlines. [9] X Research source You don’t have to adjust the sharpness if you can easily read the photo.
4
Add a watermark with your username somewhere on the photo. If you want a basic watermark, just use a fun font and type your username. If you want to get more artsy, you can design a unique logo with your username in a program like Photoshop or Illustrator. Place the watermark somewhere on your image, such as in an empty space on the page or along the edges of the photo. If you don’t want the watermark to stand out as much, you can lower the opacity so it’s not as noticeable. [10] X Research source Change the color of your watermark to match the color scheme you use in your journal. You don’t need to add a watermark to your work if you don’t want to, but it will help prevent people from sharing your images without crediting you.
5
Upload your image to a social media site to share it. Pick the social media site where you want to post your BUJO pictures, such as Facebook, VSCO, or Instagram. Select your edited picture from your gallery and write a caption. Think of something fun that’s related to the page spread that you’re posting. When you’re ready to share, click the Post button so other people can appreciate your designs! [11] X Research source For example, if you’re posting a page that shows your monthly goals, you may write, “There are so many things I’m looking forward to accomplishing! What are you planning to get done this month?” Include “#bujo” in your caption so your image shows up with other bullet journal posts. You can always add multiple photos to a post if you want to show different angles or close-ups.
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Method 3 of 3:
Designing Your Spreads

Image titled Do Hand Lettering Step 9
1
Use different lettering for your headings and body. Changing your lettering styles makes your BUJO look more interesting so your pictures don’t look repetitive. Make the largest lettering in block letters or calligraphy when you label a new page. Try to use a similar, but slightly smaller style when you label a section on the page. When you write the main tasks or bullets in your journal, work with smaller, thinner lettering so it’s easier to read. [12] X Research source Avoid using different lettering styles on every single page since it can make your bullet journal look disorganized and messy. Draw boxes around headings or underline them to help separate them from the rest of your writing. Experiment with different lettering and handwriting on a scrap piece of paper beforehand so you can pick 2 or 3 that you really like.
2
Write with different colored pens and markers to make the page stand out. While you can use the same color throughout your entire bullet journal, it can start looking monotonous when you take pictures. Get a variety of markers, pens, or colored pencils so you can color-code your journal. Try highlighting important text or titles, outlining letters with another color, or labeling tasks different colors in order of importance. Try to pick a consistent color scheme for the entirety of your journal. [13] X Research source Avoid writing your BUJO in pencil since it may be harder to read in your pictures. Try using different colors depending on the seasons. For example, you may use orange, red, and yellow in fall to match the colors of the leaves, or you could use light blue, grey, and purple during winter to make it seem colder.
3
Draw doodles on the pages to make the journal artistic. You may draw something to remember a specific memory or just to add a small design next to a heading. Start your doodle lightly in pencil before going over it with darker lines. Leave your doodle simple if you want it to have a clean look or try coloring it in to make it stand out from the rest of the page. [14] X Research source For example, if you recently went on a trip, you may draw an airplane or train to represent your travels. Practice sketching your drawings on a scrap sheet of paper before putting in your journal.
4
Incorporate photographs into your bullet journal for a personalized touch. You can print out photos you found online or ones that you’ve taken yourself. Try to find pictures that match the mood or events listed on the page so it feels cohesive, or else they may feel out of place. Cut the pictures to fit on your page so you can glue or tape them inside. [15] X Research source Try making a collage on your page spread to make a mood or inspiration board. For example, if you’re listing the goals you want to achieve this summer, find images of the things you want to do. You may include pictures of maps, beaches, friends, fireworks, or campfires.
5
Put washi tape around the edges of the page for a decorative border. Washi tape is a type of cellophane tape with designs printed on it. Choose a design that fits with the color scheme of your journal so it doesn’t clash. Rip off a strip of the washi tape that’s long enough for the page and stick it to the paper. If the tape overhangs the edges of the page, trim it carefully with a pair of scissors. [16] X Research source You can buy washi tape online or at arts and crafts stores. If you don’t have washi tape, you can use regular cellophane tape and draw on it with pens or markers. Try drawing on a scrap piece of tape to make sure the ink doesn’t smudge.
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6
Apply stickers to the page if you want a fun pop of color. You can use any stickers you want in your journal, so buy a sheet of them with designs that you like and match your aesthetic. [17] X Research source Stickers are also a great way to cover mistakes you made when you were writing. Just find a sticker that’s big enough to cover the word or letter you messed up.
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