I actually managed to get some pictures taken this weekend. The weather cooperated and I spent several hours on the screened in back porch clicking away. There were periodically neighbors outside enjoying the weather and they shot a few strange glances my way but it didn't slow me down. Mike and I tend to be a bit standoffish with our neighbors which is something I've been trying to change. I think we are seen as quite but a little odd by most of them to be honest.
I'll be starting to list some items this week and will hopefully get my shop filled up before the cool weather hits. I like how the top shot turned out. It's a real statement piece and I think the drama comes through. This next one is another favorite. It was my first attempt to felt a scarf and it ended up shorter than I expected. So I cut a few button holes and added the ceramic buttons and called it a wrap. The colors really pop in this shot.
I kept the photo shoot simple. I used my new fancy tripod that was a gift and it helped tremendously. I usually waste so much time setting my camera down, focusing, and then making sure I'm holding the camera still. With the tripod I could click and then start walking around to set up my next shot. I didn't get too fancy with my shots either. I used my mannequins and got at least two different angles of each scarf and then a few macro shots of the details. This gave me at least 4 shots of each item. I did still end up taking too many shots but I know that sometimes colors wash out or something gets off so if I like an angle I will take a couple just to be safe. With the tripod I noticed how slow my shutter speed actually is on my camera. I've never noticed the seconds in between shots before since I'm usually using that time to make sure my hands are steady.
I spent the rest of the day on Saturday going through the pictures, picking the 4 or 5 that I'll use for each scarf and deleting the rest. I then cropped them to a square and brightened them up a bit with my camera software editing tool. I sometimes use GIMP if I need to do something more intricate with a picture, like change the size, but for the most part my Canon Powershot software is easy to use and sufficient for my editing needs.
Stay tuned for more about my new Fall inventory. I used that term this weekend with a friend and she laughed. She said it always sounds funny when I say my inventory, but hey it's business baby!
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