Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Styling Boards?
Styling boards are an accessory that you can use when you're photographing a detail and you can't find a particular surface that you like (wrong colors, etc) or if you want images of your details to go with a specific specific color that fits well with your branding!
2. Who can use them?
Why, anyone! You don't have to be a photographer or a high profile Instagrammer!
What we are providing is a clean and minimal, and beautiful surface for your image, whatever it may be!
For example, you own a business and you need to take a quick photograph of your product. Your dining table, desk or end table isn't looking to "hot" because maybe it's just too messy, or there are scratches everywhere! Enter the styling board - a surface, bound with a gorgeous linen, that will make your detail POP!
3. Can I leave my board in my car, leaning against something?
Your board is made with a very high quality chip board, that though rigid, works to be light and transportable, so it will feel pliable as well. All this to say, we've tested these boards ourselves, so we HAVE left the boards in a very hot car for a few days, leaning against something. The only thing that happened is that there was a slight bend to the board, which was fixed by laying it flat with something heavy on it.
However, please note that if you want to extend the lifespan of your product, it is best to follow the care instructions included in your package.
single sided vs double sided
We get asked this question a lot - So, which is better?
There are both pros and cons to each!
The most useful thing for me, for a single sided board, is really that you don’t have to worry about the other side getting dirty when you lay it down. I mean, as wedding professionals, we’re pretty much putting these things wherever the best light is, and that could be on the floor, on tables and we never really know what’s going to be on there, even if we check to see if it’s clean before.
Weight-wise, each single board is about 1.5 lbs and the double is about 3 lbs. The double sided feels sturdier, but that’s because they are two boards mounted together, it’s naturally going to feel thicker!
Another advantage of single sided is also that if you do know which color you’ll want to go ahead and use, then you won’t have to lug around the full 3lbs. However, with the double-sided, you’ll have the advantage of having two colors just in case your initial vision didn’t work as well as you imagined with the details you were provided. With the double sided, just don’t forget to place the bag under the board before using it!
They’re both practical in their own ways! I personally like the single sided cos I’m absent minded in general and I would almost definitely forget to 1. Bring the bag along 2. Have the bag with me if I’m shooting details, so the single works best for me since it doesn’t matter if I get it dirty, ha!
We use both however!
So what is with Screen Moire, anyway?
This is a problem with digital cameras and as photographers, we have almost definitely encountered it at some point in our careers. Mainly, digital cameras itself, paired with the material you're shooting, is to blame - It mainly occurs with very precise and repetitive patterns that have a very small knit pattern and though sometimes it is not quite perfectly precise enough to cause actual moire in the photo, it does produce screen moire. You'll notice that when you pull up the image on certain screens, you'll see a distorted, unpleasant pattern. Usually this occurs also at resized images and when you view the images at anything less than 100%. The camera and the screen cannot render the image correctly and thus produces what it can.
Now if you're shooting with a digital camera, how do you fix this?
Moire is largely reduced by shooting at a shallow aperture, because what happens is that the fabric pixels are blurred and thus not repetitive. The images seen on this website are a combination of film and digital and for the digital images, I shot all of my set ups at 2.8. This pulls the main details in and blurs out the styling boards' patterns ever so slightly, rendering screen moire impossible. The higher the aperture, i.e shooting at 4.0, would result in the camera capturing all the detail of the board completely and thus accentuating the pattern and causing the screen moire!
Please note that this is ONLY for specific patterns and our boards that DO produce this type of effect on digital cameras, respectively have a note in their description.
Now, I've shot my images and I have Screen Moire. How do I fix it?
This solution is not one that I particularly recommend/am promoting, just because I don't believe that our products need any extra work/editing to be used, but I want to share this so that if you DO run into the issue with our products or with any other another pattern/detail that you've shot, the photographs are absolutely usable with this simple trick.
Using the principles of what causes moire, what you would do is take the sharpness brush in Lightroom and brush over the pattern - you can choose your level of blur that you want by sliding the sharpness level to the negative (see image on right). If you're using Photoshop, you would apply a slight blur to the whole image, and mask in board with the blurred effect. What this does is it removes the problem of the repetition in the fabric and you should have zero screen moire. It took me less than 30 seconds to use a nice, sizable brush to cover the whole image, since it's not about precise detail here, it's about getting the pattern to be less sharp.
And that's it! I hope this helps you if you ever run into any screen moire problems :)