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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Tutorial - how to take effective jewellery and other small goods photography on: September 03, 2005 03:23:41 PM
A lot of people have asked me how I take photos of my jewellery and I've been promising a tutorial for a while, hope it makes sense - just ask if there are any questions and I'll do my best to explain in more detail. I'm not completely sure where this tut should go, so let me know if it needs to be moved somewhere else Smiley

How to get your photo looking like this:


***Take a large lid (or tray, or similar) and fix light bulb fittings to it. I have 7, but you could use more. I keep forgetting to buy more but the amount I have is fine. I've then used a cardboard box, cut the top off and cut in a window then lined it with white paper. The bulb tray balances on the top and plugs into a nearby powerpoint.  Only use energy saving lightbulbs for this as they are much cooler than normal lightbulbs and therefore much safer. Remember that energy saving bulbs take a mintute or two to get to there full brightness.

This is the box of light bulbs that I use:


and here it is taken apart:


*Arrange your item as you want it to appear and take your photograph with a digital camera. I use a Canon Ixus 400 (Canon Powershot S400 in the States but is discontinued there according to my research!), its a small easily portable camera.
*You need to adjust the white balance on the camera to make sure it comes out white and not yellow. How to do this varies for each camera but its a very important step!   
*I don't use the flash, just rely on the lights, but if you are photographing a particularly reflective item it helps to cover the lights with white paper or tracing paper to reduce the glare and reflection.
*If you have trouble arranging the item inside the window put a sheet of white paper on top of a tray or book and arrange the item outside the window and place the tray inside once its ready.
*Upload the pic to your computer.

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The next steps I do using Gimp Image Editor  (www.gimp.org), and I have no idea how to use any other photo editor so I'm sorry if you don't have it but I can't help!

*Open your picture up in Gimp, then you need to adjust the levels which are in the navagation bar under "Tools" > "Colour Tools" > "Levels" like this:



*You move the top bar of the level (badly circled in red!) to the left to adjust the brighness of the photo like this:

You can play around to get the brightness that you want. You can see in the "Input Levels" window that there is a black peak - you will want the arrow to be pointing somewhere within that area for your picture to change to the best level of brightness.


*Then I crop the photo so it looks like this:



*Still a bit grey around the edges so use the largest brush to touch up the edges like this:
I've outlined the ones I use in red. You can change the size of the brush to suit the size of the image.




*And here's the final photo:


I really hope that this helps some folks. It took me ages to find all this out, but now I know how to do it taking photos for my website is easy and I actually rather enjoy it now Shocked Cheesy

If there are anymore questions just ask and I'll do what i can to help, and if i can't I'll ask my husband who knows way more than I do!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 new clutch bags I made... on: September 03, 2005 01:31:53 PM
Moonunit, I have the pink and green version on the way! I think its even nicer than that colour - you must have good taste Wink
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 new clutch bags I made... on: September 03, 2005 09:55:48 AM
arrhythmia - my husband sorted the lightbulb thing for me, I'm useless at that sort of thing!

I found Gimp a little hard to get use to, but I only really use a few bits of it to get the pictures as I like them and now I know what I'm doing its easy. I didn't download it though, so I don't know how tricky that is, I'll ask my husband about that and put it in the tut if I can.
I'm going to try and get a tut  sorted out this weekend, I'll post a link when its ready.
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: **Fill a coinpurse round 2 Gallery on: September 03, 2005 08:58:38 AM
WOW! I received Cat-n-Caboodles swap package today in the post and I love it all - you must have put so much work into it, thank you so much Smiley

Here's what I got:
2(!) purses, one pink crocheted round purse with a large flower on the front, and one cute green purse with embroidered blossom and they are both beautiful, (and I am jealous of your zip skills!) The crochet purse is the perfect size for my powder compact and a lipbalm that I carry everyday my bag pocket!
a crocheted metal necklace and bracelet thats so delicate and cute, with pink and green beads on it (am wearing the bracelet today)
2 cute cat buttons and 2 flower buttons
a butterfly rubber
pink flower motif
butterfly and dragonfly push pins
AND some chocolate koala's! I love koala's and chocolate so this was perfect!



I can't believe that you had swap anxiety too - its all beautiful!

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Here is a picture with the earrings I sent to you, Cat, that I took before I sent them:


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I am so pleased that I got you for my first swap partner Kiss
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My "Everyday Tote" ... first post!! on: September 02, 2005 04:11:40 PM
Wow! That looks great, I love the fabric too.

My bags never stand up on there own, even with interfacing. Could you say what you use, if you don't mind of course Smiley
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: China Doll Messenger Bag on: September 02, 2005 04:09:09 PM
Thats lovely! The fabric is so cute.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 new clutch bags I made... on: September 02, 2005 04:06:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments:) I used interfacing for both, but the horse one has light interfacing and its a bit floppy. The flower one is sturdier though so I'll stick with heavier stuff for future attempts! I stuffed them for the pictures, so that probably helps!

I got the horse fabric from www.equilter.com a while ago, but it was the last 1/2 yard - I looked for it again today as I was putting in an order and wanted more, but couldn't find it  Sad  Its the best place for fabric imho, they have everything you could possibly want and I ended up buying a lot of other cool stuff instead - I am a sucker for cute fabrics, I just can't help myself Grin
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 new clutch bags I made... on: September 02, 2005 03:15:32 PM
Thank you Smiley

I agree the second bag is a better shape, the first was a bit hit and miss but I was able to perfect it for the second Grin

Beadbakery, I use a home made box of lightbulbs to take the photos. Basically its a cardboard box with the top cut off and a window in the front with a tray with lots of lightbulbs attached to it balanced on the top! I have a digital camera (Canon Ixus 400) which takes fab photos and I finish them in Gimp Image Editior. It took me ages to work it out, but now I know its acually quite simple and kind of fun! I actually thought that those photos were quite bad compared others I have taken as I didn't retouch them at all, but if you look at my website you can see how good quality the photos turn out. My husband is treating himself to a new super duper camera tomorrow, so I should be able to do even better ones with that for magazines and stuff. I have promised someone else that I will do a tute on it as soon as I have time!!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made 4 bags on: September 02, 2005 11:13:04 AM
I love the first and last ones - gorgeous!
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 new clutch bags I made... on: September 02, 2005 11:09:48 AM
Thought I would post some pictures of these bags to see what you guys thought. I got the basics for them from this tutorial that Laurasaurus posted a while back
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24610.0
and then changed it a bit to include the flap instead of the bands around the top and added a liittle bracelet bit.

Opinions are appreciated Smiley

This was my first attempt - the dimentions are a wrong and its a bit wonky inside...


Second attemp turned out better and I love this fabric!

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