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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Photography Experiments For Dummies

I've never been a photographer or had a desire to learn about those lights and umbrella thingies they use.  Nor do I think a big camera with a bunch of attachable/detachable lenses are a hobby or profession I want to pursue.  I do however, completely 100% admire and respect those individuals with those talents and skills.  But....when you make and sell something, such as my jewelry, it becomes almost mandatory to learn some basics for taking a reasonable picture to post here in blog land or Etsy land. 

I have experimented with taking pictures and have repeatedly successfully failed.  Can I say successfully and failed in one breath? Recently, I came across a blog post for adding and helping with lighting.  Forgive me, but I can't remember where I read this information.  But the writer talked and of course photographed, how to take a better picture.  This person wrapped aluminum foil over some card board and used this to reflect the sun light from a window back onto the piece of jewelry.  It was so beautiful and the shadows disappeared.  So I tried it.  I'm not sure what to think about my results, but I'll comment the best I can under each picture.

Here's my experimental photography setup.  I use a cheapo Samsung camera with maybe 8 Mega Pixels.  No I don't know what a mega pixel is, but apparently the more your camera has the more the detail in the picture.  I paid about $69 for it at Walmart.

And yes, my window seat really needs to have a cushion.  Later!

I have to admit the reflection on the wire is awesome!  Not to mention the new white embossed scrap book paper is really lovely.

More great metal reflection and more new scrap book paper.  I love the writing on the back ground, but question if it is distracting from the bracelet.

The metal reflection is still terrific, but even though I love this paper I think it might be a bit busy for jewelry photos.

And this is an OLD picture that I took when I made the bracelet.  It does not have the aluminum foil reflector panels.  Not bad, and not that much difference.  I think most people wouldn't notice the difference,.  However, I do like the increased reflective quality of the pictures taken with the aluminum foil.
Always experimenting here in the lab, err, I mean studio.
Thank you for visiting and reading my blog.  Have a joy filled and prosperous day!  ~ Linda

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teaching Classes Again

Oh, how I have missed teaching wire jewelry classes.  But, I'm back on track, as of last Saturday.  I taught 7 inexperienced students and we all had a great day.  The class was called Fundamentals of Wire Wrapping.  It's a 4 hour busy class, packed with lots of techniques.  They all especially loved the wire cage bead they made.

A Cagey Pendant and Earrings ~ Beginner Class

As you may have read, I recently moved back to Virginia after 3 years in West Virginia.  The area I lived in West Virginia is beautiful and I was fortunate to be able to sell my jewelry in several galleries.  The galleries cater to the tourist that travel to the forest and mountains.  But, there isn't a market for classes, mostly because the local population is very small.  The population of Tucker County, WV is just a bit over 7,000 and the entire county has one traffic light.  So no teaching.

Now that I'm back in Virginia it seems like I am destined to teach and I am thrilled.  Teaching is a lot of work, especially the beginner classes, but I do love it.  I love to share the techniques of bending wire and to invite new people to learn to make jewelry.

A Blingy Spiral Pendant ~ Beginner Class

My friend Jeanette teaches at the Reston Community Center (RCC).  She loves to teach the intermediate and advanced classes.  She and I spoke and it seems like a great match for me to take on the beginner classes and then hand the students over to her for the more advanced and lengthy classes.

I've drafted 3 new beginner classes and Jeanette is going to propose them to her contact at RCC.  If all goes as we think it will, I will be on the winter schedule.

A Wrapped Up Bracelet ~ Beginner Class

In the meantime, I have a couple other venues that I will be approaching for classes.  I'll write about them as they get finalized.

And yes, I'll still be selling my jewelry, just not as much.  I'm still at the Buxton & Landstreet Gallery & Studios and I've got plans to approach some other shops and galleries.  It all takes time. 

Have a wonderfully creative and joy filled day, ~ Linda

P.S.  Here are some internet links that you will enjoy!
The Buxton & Landstreet Gallery & Studios
My friend Jeanette
ArtBLISS Workshops A great place to learn more about art and have fun
And then there's my sites: