Wednesday, April 30, 2008

L@@K Blog Candy

WOW, Thank You for stopping by.
I'm celebrating my Blog hitting 5000 hits. I thought it would be fun to have my first Blog Candy Give Away. :)
All you have to do is leave a comment, here or a tip on how you take your pictures before you post them on your blog. Any special lighting, Back drops? We would love to know.
Than on Monday morning May 5th I will draw 1 winner and post your name and request your address to ship you your Goody Package. This is fun. Don't be shy.
There's a lot of goodies here. 1 - 8 1/2 x 11 Sheet of Cling Foam for your unmounted stamps. Sandal Foot note pad. (nice business tool) CTMH Stampset ( D1218 Summertime) CTMH Booking Set w/ 1" Block, CTMH Pewter Clips, Lots of Stamped Images. Bellas, Riley & The Gals, and a few others. I'm also including The Gals card i made.. "He's Hot"
I hope you play. Thanks!

{Edit} My Photo Tip... For right now i use Black/White 12x12 CS as my back drop and I try to use daylight with no flash when i take pictures of my cards and pages. I hate the lamps i have. LOL

32 comments:

Nicole said...

Yay!! How fun! I will do both requests. Here is my comment... I think you are such a sweetheart I am grateful to have met you and have you as a friend. I think your grand daughters are just darling!! Thanks for keeping me smiling with your hilarious cards and stories (ex. the poop story).

When I take pictures, not just for my blog but any I always use my photo shop elements to touch them up. I love to soften them and blur out the background to make the focal image clearer and pleasing to the eye. That is about all the photo tips I have. lol

Rheanna's Personal Scrapper said...

I love these blog drawing things, its so fun even if I never win...

Anywhos... When I take my pictures I use either natural lighting to avoid the flash spots, or I use my light box (a large box for taking professional tabletop photos...)

Thanks!
Love the blog!

Anonymous said...

I don't as yet have a blog, but when I do take photos, I usually use a white sheet as a background. Some great photo tips can be found on home-jewelry-business-success-tips.com under the heading Jewelry Photo Tips on the side bar. Many of the tips can be used for photographing other things as well.

Swedie

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog..sorry I can't give you any photo tips. Geat blog candy. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

kim3timemom@yahoo.com

sparkplug17 said...

I use 2 12x12 white pieces of cardstock. One on the the bottom, the other behind. I have my lamp that has a 75 watt bulb to the right of it. Then I crop all the rest of the background out. I try to take pictures at an angle so you can see the demensions.

You're giving away alot of fun stuff! Can't wait to see more tips and get some good ideas! Hope your week is going well.

Allison said...

Hey there! I always sharpen my photo before I publish it to my blog (just to get more of the textural elements to pop). TFS!

kari said...

hmmmm.... I love to shoot in natural light as well.. the best time of day I have found is that hour right before sunset, There seems to be richness to the photo. Now if everything would happen at that time life would be good.

Richelle said...

Ohhh...great blog candy! For when I take pics I use my digital camera w/flash and some lamp light. I crop most of the background out using my camera software other than that I dont do much else but like all the tips everyone is leaving...
Richelle

Stampin Cats said...

Great blog candy. Congrats on the hits. Thanks for sharing.

I have a huge picture wind in my livingroom. I open the curtains to use the natural light. It's been hard to take any good pictures lately, it's been so cloudy. I also have a special box lined with bright white paper and a clear easel.

Stacy said...

Hey Kari!
I use a lamp or natural light depending on what room I am in at the time. I also usually prop my things up against something I own, a vase, frame, etc. Angles work best for me, too.

Linda said...

I sure appreciate all of the tips. I do not have a blog, but do submit cards to different challenges.
Thanks,
Linda Peterson
craftylin1968@aol.com

Sally said...

I tend to take pictures, outside at high noon, or on over cast days. Great light and less shadows. At my LSS I saw them using one of those cardboard school science project boards as a background for their shots. THen I saw the shots on the blog and they look great. So I am going to invest in one of those - cheap at Mike's

Pearl said...

Hi

Just discovered your blog !

I always take pictures in natural daylight without a flash & you can use Picasa to edit your pictures - to straighten it , play around with the color etc

Laurel said...

congrats on all the hits! I am with you and Sparkle, I use 2 pieces of cardstock (usually black but sometimes white) or a large black or white sheet if it is a layout. I usually do use my flash in my scraproom with the lights off, seems to work for me.

sandyh50 said...

Hi, I have taken pictures of my cards to upload to splitcoaststampers gallery. Anyway, the one ones I took in the house were not good. So now I go outside on the deck an put a large piece of white cardstock paper against the wall and another piece on the bottom. No flash! I zoom in halfway , and now I am getting much better pics. Geesh you think it would be easier! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anita said...

I'm not the best at taking pics of my cards to post. If the card is dark, I use white paper to "stand" the card on; if the card is light, I use black paper to "stand" the card on. I need to figure out how to crop so everything around the card doesn't show up in the pic.

I love the blog candy - I particularly enjoy getting stamped images. It's fun to play with images I don't normally buy!

http://stampinwithanita.com/

Annelies said...

I often have problems with taking pictures from my cards, especially when I finished it late at night and want to put it on my blog immediately. Now, with summer on it's way, I try to wait so I can make pictures outside. I think the lightning is better and the background is nicer too. The only problem is the wind sometimes.
Thanks for a chance to win!
Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

scfranson said...

Great blog ! I don't have a blog but when I take pictures to post I try to use natural lighting.
Claudia
scfranson@charter.net

Gerriann said...

Wow. Great Blog Candy. Even though I do not like the lights at my house or craft area too-I take the lamp shade off to give a brighter light to take my photo. This usually prevents a glare on my photo, there is always editing in my photos file on my computer. Thanks again!

Christine said...

Hi Kari!

It's funny you posted about this. I just bought a light box from Walmart...it's on sale for $38 bucks. I'm still fiddling with it, but I love the little tripod it comes with. I also try to use as much natural light as possible. There's a bulb you can buy that's a daylight fluorescent bulb with color temprature between 5000-5600K that will help you get the best lighting.

Congrats on the 5K!

kisha said...

congraaaatulations on the big 5000!!
i use outdoor lighting for right now but my pics are not the best. it may be because of what i'm doing so i really appreciate the tips. Great blog candy!

Kariberry said...

WOW these are all great tips. I am so excieted to be picking a winner on Monday.
I'd like to learn more about the light box.
As far as photo editing i use Pacasa.
http://picasa.google.com/
It's a free google download. It's all very user friendly. Crops, quick fixes, redeye, just to name a few. I also have Photo Shop for different kinds of photo editing.
Thanks, keep playing.

Mommy Poulsen said...

Wow, BLOG candy!

I take my pictures indoors, by a window, with the morning sunlight.

Love your BLOG!

Primitive Seasons said...

I have a white laminate sewing cabinet that sits in front of a bright sunny window. I sit my item there. There are no shadows usually and I get a good clear quality picture.
Mary

www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I dont have a blog, though I keep rolling the idea of one around in my head. I love to visit you though.
Hope I win :)
Lisa

Cindy said...

I got this light box from Tiger direct because it came with 2 lights and was still inexpensive. I've only used it a few times, but I like the way the pics come out. I still adjust the brightness and contrast a little in my photo software. The photo box is Hiro at http://tinyurl.com/4mlanw

Bunny B said...
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Bunny B said...

Sweet candy! :)
And congrats on your many, many hits!!

I usually take my pictures on a white surface and back it with white paper as well. I then take it near a window with natural lighting. The pics come out lovely :) (or so I think) hee hee. Thanks for the chance!

xx

Sunflowergal74 said...

Looks fabulous dear!

Yeah... we do have a lot in common! LOL

Kisha

judy anderson said...

I use a light box with 2 light that came with it. And I use the flash on my camera. I edit it in iphoto on my mac and add watermark before posting

Nicole said...

Kari, I have never thought of using the black cardstock. I usually blur out the background OR I use a totally white sheet folded in half. I put it up on my sb table (which has natural lighting (a window) right next to it).

We have sky lights too, so I get that extra boost of light from that. I am still learning, but if I do it the way i said, with the sheet, I usually like the results.

I also bought some plate holders off ebay awhile back in various colors and types and often prop the items on those.

Ava said...

Wow - I've learned a lot from reading the comments! I'm a terrible photographer - it's pretty much a joke in our family. If I take a camera in my hands, someone else quickly offers to "let me be in the shot" hmmmmm. Aren't they kind?
Well Kari, I love your blog and your artwork - and I'm glad you asked for photo tips because I could sure learn something :)

*inky hugs* Ava