Monday, November 17, 2014

Simple Guide - taking good photos for your online shop



When you are selling online, a GOOD, professional looking photography is a MUST. I've done a lot of reading {and I still do} on how to take a good product photography.

I follow these few simple guides:

1.Natural Light is the BEST

But not direct light. Which means, take your photos in the room which doesn't get direct sunlight. I have a small balcony adjacent to my room, which is has a good natural light. The balcony is facing North. The best time is before 11 am and around 3-4 pm. And you ask WHY? because indirect natural light will give you the best color of your product.


This is unedited, taken under indirect natural light
My sewing room has natural light most of the time, but it's facing East, so it gets direct light most of the time. When I took photo in my sewing room, the result is either too bright or too dark. 


Never take your photos at night, even with sufficient light

I took this photo at night with a poor background and I had a tough time editing it.


2. NO FLASH

NEVER use flash light. The best picture is the one which doesn't need much of editing. Whether you take with DSLR camera, pocket camera or your mobile camera. Flash will a harsh shadow on your product and you will have a hard time editing it. Especially if you are not expert in it. I don't know how to use photoshop, I love using picasa or photoscape which is easier.

with flash
without flash


3. BACKGROUND


Background is very important. Remember your product is the CENTER of attention. So, to many thing in the background will distract the buyer. Use minimal prop which can enhance your product. If your are not sure what prop you should use, white background always works best.

I'm using this inexpensive canvas board as my background. I put it on top of my trunk, and cover it with tablecloth when I don't need it. Since it's very dusty here I make sure to cover it.


As much as you can, try to convey the uniqueness of your product. Less is always better. I usually like to browse craft magazines and pinterest to get ideas  on how to use the prop.


Make sure the background is less busy or less colorful than your product. The FOCUS is on your product, not the green leaves or the Chrystal vase behind the product. 

Look at this photo, the idea was to show that you can use the mat for the chrystal vase. But the vase is too big that you cannot see the design of the mat


Compare to this one
The simple prop makes the mats pop out



4. Camera Setting 

It's always best to use camera with higher  resolution. At least 8 mega pixel and above for Android Phone. For iPhone 5 mp is sufficient to give an editable and clear picture. Why? because you need to crop your picture.  If you are using lower resolution camera, when you crop it, the picture will not give you a clear image and sometimes it breaks/grainy

The size of an image taken at different resolutions
Photo courtesy Morguefile
You can read more about Digital Camera Resolution HERE

If you have DSLR but not very familiar with it, go with the automatic setting. In my Canon its the P sign. When I am in a hurry, that's what I do. If I am using mobile camera I always turn OFF the flash. 

Always click many photos, try different angles, and different props. For one product I took around 15-20 pics.



Of course DSLR camera gives a better result, especially for close up pictures 


and it also can capture more natural color of the product. Especially for my fabric shop I try to always use my DSLR




But
some photos in my handmade ETSY shop was taken using my mobile camera. If the light is good, sometimes it gives a good natural color which doesn't need much editing.

It's as simple as that. All you need is an extra time and patience. 

I'm not an expert and I'm still learning. If you want to know more
Etsy has a good guide in its blog from Beginner's Guide to Smartphone Photography .You can check Etsy BLOG for complete list.


Happy Clicking


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wish you happily ever after


Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other



Love and marriage, love and marriage
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry 
And they will say it's elementary


Try, try, try to separate them
It's an illusion 
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion


Love and marriage, love and marriage
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You can't have one without the other
{Frank Sinatra's Love and Marriage}
❤❤❤
Made this wallet as a gift for my fave cousin-in-law who's getting married next Sunday
Congratulations to each of you on finding someone so special to lean on, laugh with and love always
With warmest wishes and love, today and always

❤❤❤




Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shabby Chic love

I always love shabby chic style
with soft pastel colors and ribbons

After making my iPad sleeve, I was in the mood of making another one with pastel colors and maybe a little handle, which you can carry around and can fit in your iPad with smart cover, wallet and an iPhone

and here it is: 


I used fleece and as batting. Fleece is nice to quilt since it doesn't move, so for small projects I don't need to pin them


again I quilted it with my fave decorative stitch
this time I lengthen the stitch a little bit


The grey fabric was from my fave Bombay dyeing. It's linen cotton for men's shirt. 
It's difficult to get a linen here, so when I see one I pick up. Though it's a bit expensive but it's worth it


the back side is plain grey and I love how the quilting turned out

simplicity is always the best, imho ^_^

This bag is listed in my Etsy Shop and is ready to ship


Until then,




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I need a new iPad sleeve

I was cutting off jelly rolls for the shop and looking at my design wall. I made this test block a couple days ago and just put it up in my design wall


I was thinking of making mug rug with it. But then, I need an iPad sleeve. My iPad has a smart cover but it's tearing off and it's not even 6 months old =,=.
I bought it in Changi Airport for $35 >,<



So, I put my jellyrolls away and start working on it and after an hour my iPad has a new sleeve. Yay!


It fits snugly and I love the grey combination . Quilted using my favorite stitch. 

I used double batting - outer and lining to give more protection.



I still have the fabrics and I think I'll put it up in my shop for custom order.

I realize one thing:  I love working on patchwork with small squares 2.5" - 3" and HST from charm piece

Ah, I still have few WIPs that I plan to finish before the end of this month {IF I'm not distracted} . One of them is this placemat.It will be a set of 4 and I almost finish with the quilting.


and this pink bunny n cat wallet for my SIL's niece


and here's the sneak peek of the jellyrolls 


With one family wedding coming up and the little R has his monthly assessment, I hope I can finish at least those two.

Until then

Happy Quilting


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Few finish and WIP

I just recovered from cold and cough. It's getting very dusty and dry here since winter is approaching. It's quite cool in the morning and evening and pleasant throughout the day. Though sometimes I still need the fan. 
Since I can't have cough syrup { I am allergic to certain medicines}, so I usually made ginger lemonade when I have cough. It works wonder for me. I add ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks and pepper corn in 1,5 cup of water and boil it for 3-4 minutes till the water reduced and add lemon juice + honey. I have this drink 3 times a day. It helps with the sore throat and body ache too.


Picture source: HERE
Click the link for the recipe too

❤❤❤❤❤

After three days, I get back to my list of stuff I have to do {sewing wise}. House works can always wait when I'm in the mood to sew. Ha!

First I finished this 2 cute mug rugs or mini mats or candle mats


They will be available in the shop 

I did simple diagonal quilting there. It's really good for small quilts, isn't it?

and second one, I finished sewing up the sailor blocks.


I'm so excited, I hope I can finish it soonest

and since I can't get my mind off of this charm packs

I simply had to make something 
and table runner it is !


it's nice and bright!



there,there, finally I found a way to attach my label. 

I quilted using decorative stitches Row 2 #13 in my HV Designer Topaz 20

I love love how it turned out

I use this fancy foot. Simply love it!


and made this mango print bias binding! 


The mango fabric is available HERE

it comes in 4 yummy colors 



So, that's how my last week went
I hope next week will be better
I have a long list of WIPs and UFOs I want to finish

Until then,

Happy Quilting


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