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How can I take a good picture of my peestick?

I visit a lot of message boards and I am always amazed that ladies
seem to get such great pictures of their peesticks. Mine are always
blurry. Any tips?

How did people obsess on peesticks before digital photography?
(They probably had to wait until they missed their period to even test.
And they rode to the local midwivery in their horseless carriage.
Haha. Olden times...)

Anyway, here are a few tips for taking a great picture of your
pregnancy test or other peestick:

- Use the macro setting on your camera (it probably looks like a

- If possible, take a picture of your peestick in natural lighting. So
what if the neighbors think you are crazy taking a picture of a peestick
out on your deck... your picture will look great and be ready for
sharing and obsessing.

- If natural light isn't a possibility, at least place your peestick in good
bright lighting. Bright is good because you don't want to use your
flash when you take the picture, it'll blow out the peestick window
and you won't be able to see any lines at all.

- Turn off the flash.

- Sometimes, peesticks look good with a contrasting background. I
don't mean giving them a cheesy Olan Mills backdrop of a waterfall. I
mean putting your peestick down on a dark piece of paper before
you take the picture. Alternatively, sometimes taking the picture on a
bright white paper helps the faintest of faint lines stick out.

-Be sure your camera focuses before you take the picture. Assuming
you have autofocus on your camera, you can press the shutter
halfway down and let it focus before you fully depress the button and
take the picture.

-Some ladies have good luck with scanners. They best way I have
found to scan is to put a dark piece of paper behind the peestick.
Your results may vary, though.

-Ta-da! Now that you have your great peestick picture, tweak away!
Just be sure to keep a copy of the "original" so you can remind
yourself of what it looked like before you adjusted the contrast and
saturation to a point beyond recognition.

- Sign up with photobucket (or similar free website) to post your
pictures on forums or send them out to everyone on your Christmas
list. Some forums will require that you post a link. Other forums will
let you copy the IMG text and paste that directly in your post, which
will magically turn into a picture of your peestick right in your post!

Now that you have a great peestick picture, go post it on y
our favorite
ttc f
orum so we can obsess along with you.
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