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  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Early Sunset”:
    “Really pretty and not overdone. The Tibetan beads really take center stage!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Koi Pond”:
    “How cool is this? You do amazing things with these challenges and this is no exception!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “Oh. My. This is fabulous!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Ooo! What a striking piece! You done good!…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Mysterious”:
    “WOW! You nailed this! LOVE IT!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Love the brighter blues pop against the darker hues! Lovely design.…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I just love how you do those wrapped circles! Do you wrap them around something? They…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “More Bones and Leather”:
    “You have good bones! Love everything here! There is a lot to look at but it…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “One the Wings of a Vintaj Butterfly”:
    “One of the things I love about Vintaj is the "old made new" look. Sometimes it…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Early Sunset”:
    “Wonderful color scheme and great design! So nicely done!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Koi Pond”:
    “This is such a great concept! I love the challenge given to you by your husband.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I want to say ditto to everyone's comments above. This is so well done. I've looked…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “This is definitely a work of art. Great piece!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “This is asymmetry perfection. It is so visually interesting. The colors and textures work so well…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Mysterious”:
    “Oh. My. Gosh. Wow. This is incredible. You have rocked my face off, blown my mind...…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “WOW!!! This is amazing! I love how you carried the necklace design down under…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Donna, I just love the way you combined the Tibetan agate beads with the Czech ivory…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful necklace - love all the blues together.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
    “Love it, love it, love it. From the mystery focal to the chainmaille to the…” read »

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    C Wathen on “Hidden Treasures”:
    “Likw your designs and having the directions are nice.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “Thank you! ;) What intrigues me is the wire wrapped part. I am just…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Mysterious”:
    “Thank you so much for all the kind words!! :) :) :) …” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Thank you for all your comments and kind words. Hey, Little Round Chick, you should me how…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
    “You all are such artists! i really am starting to spread my wings. Your kindness. is…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
    “Kye, another amazing piece of magic! Love everything about your wirework and moss agate to match…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
    “Everybody loves a mystery and this is no exception. The focal is unique and gorgeous.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
    “WOW! This is fantastic and definitely exotic! Love the color, the beads and the…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful color, great design. Love it!! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “pclrbecky Please feel free to borrow part or all of the design idea. I'm a…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
    “Wow, I love this! That focal is exceptional and you've complemented it perfectly.…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Very, very nice, Donna! I love the asymmetry and the balance!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I love it!!! I might have to ask your permission to steal a bit of this.......…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
    “Very, very cool!!!!!!!!!!! I love your wire/maille work but in this piece it is the…” read »

  • SilverCords aka Judy
    SilverCords aka Judy on “Mysterious”:
    “This is just stunning--the stones and metals work perfectly! I wish I knew how to…” read »

  • Creel U
    Creel U on “Mysterious”:
    “matte moss agate and chain mail. You had a happy muse!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Multistrand necklaces are so hard to get right. This one is really pretty. The tree of…” read »

Photography tips


About this design:

It's frustrating when trying to share images of your work and the photos just don't seem to do the trick. If it would be helpful to you, here's a few things I've learned that might be worth a try and don't take any expensive or fancy set up.

1. Take the photos outdoors, but not in direct sunlight. I have a place on a covered porch that seems to work well for me. This could make a huge difference in the quality of your photos.
2. I'm not super familiar with my camera, but I just point and shoot, probably 12-18 inches away. I do need to read more on line tutorials about this, I admit.
3. My best tip...try picnic.com for photo editing, if you don't have one on your computer. The basics are free and are enough for my work. In the basic edits, first I resize the photo to 900 to 1000 in the largest dimension. Then, I work with the crop feature. Next is sharpness and clarity. Then, exposure, and maybe saturation. This is usually all I need to do to make a big improvement. Then, it's on to adding text and a frame. Last, save of course. Just playing around with a few photos will teach you a lot about these editing tools.

Components:

First photo is editing in picnic.com Second is the original.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lynda, thanks so much for these great tips! This is an area in which I could use a lot of improvement. :) It’s interesting to see the contrast (especially in the colors) between the two photos. 8)

    I love the necklace you created, too! What are the components?

  2. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the good info, Lynda. Luckily I have a Mac with iPhoto and like picnic it allows for all kinds of adjustment and corrections.

    The one thing that I might add to help get a good picture in the first place is use a tripod. I find it virtually impossible to hold these small cameras still enough so I use one for every shot.

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another good tip! Thanks, Nancy! :D

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks, Nancy, for another useful tip about the tripod. I sometimes use the Joby Gorillapod. Easy to set up and use.

    Thanks for the reminder on the components of this necklace. Large wood beads, round painted wood beads, and smaller round amber beads for a bit of shine. The piece has great presence but without the weight.

    Lynda

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for the info, Lynda! :D

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Great info!!!!! Thanks

  7. Violet
    Violet says:

    Pretty, and thanks for the tips

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Hello, again,
    Just found this blog site on photography today. This post may definitely be worth reading and trying out. A $6.00 jewelry photography set up.
    Check it out…
    http://viauphotography.blogspo.....on-to.html

    Lynda

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