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Photography tips

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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 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.


First photo is editing in Second is the original.

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  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.


  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…


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