Tuesday, January 15, 2013

taking pictures.

Ugh. I've had an on again, off again relationship with cameras.  Certain pictures I have no problem with but others just don't work so well for me.  Anyway, this one has had me in knots all day.  I like it and then I don't.  I know that much of it is that I'm trying to work on using gradient backgrounds and new props.  But man, NOTHING beats outdoor pictures or natural light. 

Neither of which are plentiful in a wintery redwood forest!  Sigh.




7 comments:

  1. You had me at wintery redwood forest! Sounds like a wonderful trade off for a bit less sunlight. The picture looks nice.

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  2. Ha! You know, I love where we live but for indoor photography, it can be a challenge. Especially with winter sunlight, which changes so much. One minute it's a bright and sunlight filled house and the next I'm reaching to turn on a light!

    Thanks for the words, I have to say I'm trying to work with different backgrounds to further my photography education. I'm pretty good when I'm outside, but inside is such another ball game! I tried all black once and threw ALL the pictures out. Maybe that's another challenge for me, though. One of my big resolutions this year is to really work on taking the best jewelry pictures I can. xoxo Juliette

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  3. I know what you mean, lately my photos seem to be lacking since I got back down to the desert. I miss the props and lights I had up north. it's been too cold and /or windy lately for my outdoor shots.
    The gradation is successful in this shot in my oh so expert opinion.
    xo Kim

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    1. Kim! Well, you have no problem getting incredible shots, I will say that! You have such an eye. The gradation I thought was good but should probably have been the other way around (with the dark gradiating up at top). I also think that using the paper was way too grainy, so took away from the clarity of the shot.

      Really appreciating these comments. Can't wait to take more pictures! xo Juliette

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  4. Hey Juliette. Don't know if I've mentioned it, but check out this homemade light box I made. You can play with all kinds of lights with it to get different results. Of course, you have to change the white balance setting on your camera to match the situation. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding making this box. It was very easy with pvc pipe and the beauty is that it's NOT glued. So you can take it apart and store it easily.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/that_owl/3319698133/

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    1. Lela!!! Thank you SO MUCH. I have made myself a light box with a translucent storage box, but it's just not working out. I have lights to use, and everything else - but it's the structure and the cover of the box that look like the problem. Thank you thank you !!!!

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    2. My pleasure. And in case you've missed me talking about a new photo editing site, check this out.

      http://ipiccy.com/

      It's free. It's easy. Just upload. Add a filter or tweak and save. Very fun and a great way to enhance photos.

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