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About this design:

I wanted to encourage everyone that with just a couple seconds of work on your photographs, you CAN make them look good. I use the free gimp program (linux version of Photoshop). While I am always aiming to take better pictures, until I get there, I can fix them. This series of 3 pictures shows you how simple it is. First, you see the original in the 2nd picture, see how dark it is? Even as a contributing artisan, I still judge the item by the picture first. SOOO important. The third is the auto white balance feature, but it looks kinda cartoony, now doesn't it? So, I play with the color balance, upping the lightness level a touch, and removing some of the contrast, and voila, we have picture number 1. While not a magazine worthy picture, it is still passable. And that's it, really. Oh, and it took me under 2 minutes to do, too! So until you learn to become a pro at taking pics, you can still show off your pieces to their best advantage, after all, you guys do GREAT WORK! And I want to see it in all its glory. :) I rearranged the pics, so you might look at it, see it's important, isn't it?

Components:

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Upload your photo to your computer
Step 2:
Open it using your preferred photo editing software
Step 3:
Use the auto white balance feature (look under help if you can't find it), in GIMP, it's under colors, side bar to Auto.
Step 4:
Using the Color Balance feature, smooth out the picture to your liking, I upped the lightness level, and lowered the contrast level.
Step 5:
Keep taking pictures, eventually you'll get it to where you don't really have to play with them, try upping the exposure to +.5 or +1 if your pics always come out too dark. Keep it up, b/c I want to see all those great pieces!


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  1. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Thanks for the info! Taking good pictures is always hard…

  2. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    First (before I forget…) — what a great necklace — very lovely! :D

    Second — Thanks so much for the info on improving our photos!!! It is soooooo hard to get them right sometimes and your tips will help us a lot! Thanks again!!! :D

  3. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Great tips!!! SLS

  4. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Moonbell, thank you for the fabulous tips! Great necklace, by the way! ;)

  5. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    Great tips and a beautiful necklace. Thanks!

  6. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Beautiful necklace Moonbell!!! Thanks for sharing the info on picture taking!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great tips love your picture Karen!

  8. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Pretty necklace and thank for the tip I sometimes need help!

  9. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Love the necklace, sort or Egyptian-looking. I would like to make a similar one with the royal blue and some matte gold seed beads. I need something not too difficult, since I am still learning and rather slow. What size beads did you use? Thank you

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    Ex pert says:

    Good info however I’m not sure if you’re show off the bracelet or cat.
    Can’t see enough detail in the bracelet.

  11. Rose R
    Rose R says:

    WOW!!! I truly love this suggestion. Thank you and have a great day

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    L Triplett says:

    Like the ideal of free shipping. I’ll be back.

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