Monday, August 11, 2008

A little help and a sneak peak!

Have you ever been so frustrated you wanted to pack it all in? I'm having problems taking pictures of my art. I simply CAN NOT do it. I have tried and tried...and I think it's becoming worse. I go to other blogs and many of you have such wonderful pictures. I get so inspired, but mine never turn out :( So any helpful tips (even tell me what camera you have) I would welcome, PLEASE :)
Just some info: I have a Canon Power Shot S3 IS....I think it's too much for me and what I need, but then I don't know. I don't know camera's or computers....ughh.... when your trying to sell your art those are two things you can't be bad at! Sorry for the negativity and souriness....I would just like to get better. So I will forge ahead and any help...send my way! Thanks a bunch~I should add...if you have ever given me advice before.... I did listen, I even wrote it down so I wouldn't forget....but I'm just a seriously bad picture taker...uggh again!

So in that area I will share what I'm talking about...here is a sneek peek.
The first piece will be listed on the new site I have been telling you about with awesome artists, Spooky Time Jingles. I have three Halloween pieces and 4 Christmas pieces that will debut in 2 days on the 13th. There 's doorprizes and free shippng...come on by and support handmade. Here is one of my offerings.....this little guy is a part of a Halloween Box....he was so fun to make!Boo.......did he scare you? He makes me laugh....


Next is a piece I just added to my Etsy Shoppe.....click the red shoes on the side of my blog to see more....

Here is scaredy cat and she is so sweet...I just love her facial expression. Wish you could see her detail a bit better...maybe you can help me in the photography area........please! Have a great day everyone. Talk to you soon, Jackie

14 comments:

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hey Jackie, Your new pieces look so cute. I love the little sneek peek of the Halloween Piece. Your Etsy piece is just as wonderful. I can't wait to see all your offerings for STJ.

About pictures?!Humm! Well I have just as many problems as your do. My camera is not the best. It's a FinePix(fuji)3800. I know what does that mean. You got me. But I have figured out the best and I mean best place to take pictures is outside. I know that might be hard with the weather and such. But it has taken me this long to fnally figure it out. I have a spot outside where I set a table up and I use wallpaper,scrap book paper and sometimes nothing as back drops. The outside light seems to be the best to capture all the details of my work. I can see your work is similar to mine. With papier mache you want to show every little detail. It's important I feel. A picture can speak volumns when it comes to Art! I feel sometimes you are only as good as your pictures. Well you know what I mean. If your pictures are bad how can a collector truly get a feel of how wonderful your pieces are unless they are in front of them. But with all the different avenues that we sell in these days, it makes it very hard(Etsy, Ebay, STJ and G&G and etc.. I can take pictures inside in the winter and it just isn't the same as outside. So try it! I have a setting that when I do take a picture of one of my pieces I set it on (a symbol~flower)I guess that means close up. Try something like that. I have also noticed that some people will zoom in on something so the background will be a little fuzzy. But my camera is not so good at that.

Well I hope my little bit of info has helped. I am sure there are others that maybe have better advise or can direct you in a better area. Good luck!

Kim

~dani~ said...

Great offerings..seriously!!! I just sent you a thread on taking great pics of your art. Hope it helps!

Megan Coyle said...

these sculptures are fabulous, I especially like the expression on the dog's face.

Lance said...

your work is awesome, love the dog!

Lance said...

oh and good luck on your debut tonight, so glad to have you on board!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Your little doggie is so cute!!!
Don't get frustrated with the camera.......when you have some free time, just play....take pictures of everything and anything and use different settings and you'll soon discover what works. That Macro setting will be your friend!
I look forward to seeing you at STJ!!!!

Laurie Hardin said...

Isn't this group just a helpful bunch!!! You'll love being a part of the STJ group and the discussions that go on to help each other out. Can't wait to chat with you and see more of your fabulous work!! Laurie

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I've found that I can manipulate the pics on my computer a little by using a free-downloaded program called Irfanview. I adjust the gama and contrast settings. It helps sometimes--But I'm no pro either.

HowlingMoonDesigns said...

Hi Jackie..Love your pieces for your STJ Debut..And Welcome aboard :)..
I have the same problem with pictures.The STJ post on Flickr was a big help and i purchased the lil studio thing that Dani was talking about in her post..It is great for small pieces. I'm the person that everyone grabs the camera from my hand when i go to take a pic 'cause i'm such a lousey photographer..LOL..Picnik on Flickr is a HUGE help as well..for fixing lousey pics..LOL
Candy

Annie said...

These are so cute! Welcome to STJ! I just love looking at your creations!! Annie

Fantastic Figments said...

Just stumbled upon your site and soooooo happy I did. What creativity and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE you new little kitty kat. and congrats on your new induction into spooky time jingle . I too celebrate Halloween year round and your sweet pieces are more than worthy. Keep it up!

Smooches
Steph

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hi Jackie, I am sending you a post that I have been tagged so I thought I would tag you my dear!

It's show off your tools!

Kim

Sweet Designs said...

Hi, just found your site from skipping around the other creative folks blogs here. I don't do your kind of work, but I take alot of closeup photos for my tablescapes, and since you asked for photo hints...99.9% of the time I will use a tripod when taking photos, it ensures the photos will come out detailed. I also like to use natural light too, luckly there is good light coming in from my DR window, I try to never use a flash because it "flattens" out everything. I also use an inexpensive spot light I bought at Lowes (it is halogen), I will use that to highlight the "darker" (side not reached by natural light)side of the element I am photographing, you will have to play around with the placement of the spot to your best advantage. I also take at least 10 shots of each thing in varying camera positions so I can pick the best photo. Hope that helps.
Judith

J'Ollie Primitives said...

I think we have the same camera. The best advice I've found without spending days on end reading the techie stuff is to use the following, indoors or out. "For outdoor portraits use a tripod and do it mid day. Use either fill flash or better yet a reflector of some sort. You can buy reflectors, but a piece of white foam poster board works very well. Have someone hold the reflector so it reflects the sunlight (or artificial light) on the subjects face. You want the face to be the focal point of the shot so be sure that is where the focus is. You can experiment with different camera settings (depth of field), and different light conditions (sunny or cloudy) for different effects. You can also try different colors of reflectors. Gold ones create a nice skin tone."