Sunday, February 23, 2014

Photo Magic

Most of the shows I apply to require you to send some kind of description and photos of your work. For higher end shows your photos are viewed by a jury panel and the quality of your photos is critical. Each show has its own set of rules for the number, the size and the dimensions.

I use a light box (home made), special lights and a tripod when I take my photos. My current background choice is pale grey cloth. While fine for my online store and wholesale catalog, I need to step things up for juried show applications. To take my photos to the next level I have plans that include investing in a more professional light box and a gradient background. In the meantime, a friend helped me do some after the fact photo magic with photoshop. Here are the befores and afters.

Owyhee jasper before. 

After a gradient background was added.

Glass garden bracelet before.

After removal of the sand dollar underneath and addition of a gradient background. 

Snakeskin jasper before.

After some serious tweaking. 

Earrings before.

After addition of a gradient background. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Seahawks, Seahawks, Seahawks

Anyone that knows me might think that a strange title for a blog entry from me. I am not a big sports fan. Although I did watch the super bowl this year. Today I was supposed to head over to Seattle for my annual overnight Flower and Garden Show outing. Well, those plans were way laid by the 700,000 Seahawks fans that descended on Seattle today for the big parade.

So I had an unexpected day in the studio. How did I spend it? By making things in Seahawk's colors of course! Bracelets and earrings. Supplies are limited so get them while they last!