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1  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!
2  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!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dolls, owls and flowers! (image heavy) on: August 24, 2005 01:13:06 PM
Heres a few more things that I've made lately. Some of them are already on my website, and all the others I plan to put on there sooner or later. I'd love to get your opinions again Smiley

Owl Earrings - these are my new favourite piece of jewellery!


Owl pendant:


Doll charm bracelet 1:


and the matching earrings:


a new colour of bracelet. This isn't actually finished yet, I'm waiting for some emerald coloured swarovski beads to add to it and I'll maybe put a few red ones on it too. I thought I'd post it since I was going to post other stuff!


Vintage flower pendant earrings with pink swarovski beads at top:


beaded necklace with Hill Tribe silver rose. This isn't really my cup of tea, but I thought the beads and the rose looked nice together anyway - for someone else!


Some of the pics aren't as clear as last time, but hopefully you can see them just as well.

Thank you!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Very good wire cutters and other tools?? on: August 23, 2005 05:06:13 PM
I've decided to splash out on a good pair of wire cutters - the ones I have now just can't cope with more delicate work and cutting in small spaces or close to something (if you know what I mean!)

Can anyone recommend a good brand of tools? I usually just buy mine cheap from any old place and end up having to replace them every few months, so if I invest in a good pair hopefully they will last longer Wink
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro Barkcloth Slouchy Bag... on: July 27, 2005 01:10:00 PM
Hello,

Don't think I've posted any of my bag projects yet, but am so pleased with this bag I thought I'd start!

I bought the fabric originally to make a skirt, but when I got it it wasn't going to work as well as I thought Sad it makes a great bag though, so I'm not too worried!!

What do you think?

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/bag1.jpg
http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/bag2.jpg
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New jewellery by HZ on: July 17, 2005 01:42:14 PM
Hello,

Hope you don't mind me posting up pics of some of my new stuff again, its good to get opinions from peeps on here! This is some of the stuff I've made lately - what do you think? Opinions are much appreciated Smiley

Doll necklaces:

vintage pendant and wooden beads:



 Wink

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fabric and paper jewellery on: June 24, 2005 12:15:57 PM
Hi there,
Here's some pics of some earrings and a necklace I made using fabric. I want to change the cord on the butterfly pendant for something else but I'm not sure what to - maybe a little chain of seed beads or suedette??

What do you think?

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/circles.jpg

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/er.jpg

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/skulls.jpg

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/rectangles.jpg

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/images/craftster/butterfly.jpg
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New stuff that I've made! Lots of pictures... on: March 19, 2005 01:34:41 PM
Am having a Saturday night in making things! In fact, its what I usually do on a Saturday night and I like it so there Tongue
Thought I'd post up some picture and see what the reaction was...

I ordered the wrong thing, but thought I'd see what I could do with these sequins anyway! Each sequin is about 2.5cm in diametre and are gold with a kind of 'petrol' finish. They are put together with sterling silver jumprings and ear hook. I think there is about 80-100 sequins on each one but I've not counted - yet! I think they are a bit trashy looking but I really like them. Not sure if the picture does them justice.

I'm thinking about putting these on my site. They are made with Swarovski cube beads and sterling silver and are much more sparkly than they look in that picture.

This is made with Swarovski beads and sterling silver again. It was a commission for someone which I think turned out really cool.

Inspired by Craftster - I am addicted to making these flowers!

Inspired by Kelly Osbourne at the Brits. Really easy to make - I can't wait to wear them!

Only made one of these so far, but thought I'd show you anyway! Made with faceted black onyx rounds,  tiny smokey quartz rounds and sterling silver.

Hope you like them!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / opinions on my site... on: March 11, 2005 02:52:40 PM
Hi,
I've not been a member here for very long but have been a lurker for longer, so hope you don't mind me asking for opinions on a)my accessories, b)the photos and c)the actual website.

My boyfriend did all the technical stuff for the site and we both contributed to the design of it, I designed and made all the stuff for sale on it. Mr Z has an IT business and want to offer his customers websites in the future which is why I'm asking for any feedback on that!

Its been up and running for about 5 months, and has been doing pretty well, but while the mobile charms are going like hot cakes, the rest of my stuff could be doing better. This could be due to the fact that the charms have been mentioned on some popular blog sites but the rest hasn't been advertised at all - either way, I want it to be doing better! 

Any opinions, good or bad would really be appreciated:)

http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk
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