Monday, January 14, 2008

Links we luv, Photography

On our Yahoo group we have been listing what our goal for the new are. The lists are long and varied. On of my goals for Modern June is to take better photographs. With no cash for a fancy new camera I sent out a call for some helpful tips from my crafty family.

Don, my husband, is always saying tripod, tripod, tripod and no flash no flash no flash! OK I think that all has finally set in. I am lucky that he bought a tripod in collage! Then he and I sat around playing with the i photo adjust tool. Wow, that helped a whole lot! As I am opening back up the shop (slowly) I am editing the really rotten photos that I have taken over the last year and adding the brighter photos on to the etsy listing.

But there is still so much to be desired with the photos that I am taking now. So here comes the troops with their crafty "google" knowledge! Beth sent me this Storque article and video produced by ETSY LABS. there you will find a how to video on taking a better shot. OMG! Not only is Mary too cute but they gave me wonderful piece of advise. I never new what all that menu stuff was all about. White balance! who knew? Not me that is for certain!

Also some where I read that a faster shutter speed lets in more light so I have been using the "splashing water" setting.

So by adjusting the EV shift from 0.0 to 1.7 I was able to go from this dark photo to this nice bright photo. and it is a dark cloudy day! I am shocked and delighted. Thank you etsy labs for the great articles!

This is just a start, I have much more to learn but I just had to share how easy it was to get this kind of result.

Here is the link list for better photos. If you have anything to add please leave a comment.

Taking Professional Looking Photos Without a Professional

Posie gets cozy: photo tidbits!

Shop Makeover series: Photographing for Success

Tips for Craft Show Application Images


Oh, hello there. said...

Hey, I'm Jackie.

I've had a lot of success taking pictures with a mini-macro studio, which is super cheap to make (less than a dollar if you have some boxes and things laying around) and gives your pictures amazing all around light.

All you need is a cardboard box, tracing paper, a piece of oak tag and a light.

Check out the tutorial I used here:

And you can see the sort of photos it takes here at my site:

Hope that helps someone!

Kelly, Modern June said...

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for sharing! We will check that out!

Any one else have some tips?