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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?



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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.

  13. Flo H
    Flo H says:

    Shooting your photos in RAW, will allow for better post processing. You do not need professional photo software to process them, Adobe Photoshop Elements is sufficient.

    The cow looks whismsy but the necklace is not shown off, you cannot see the details. I prefer to see it on a form. Light tents are great if you have one for even lighting.

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