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Thread: Hah! Take that stinkin camera!

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    Hah! Take that stinkin camera!

    It thought it could outsmart me....
    I spent all day yesterday taking photos so I could update my website with loads of new goodies that we have made but I haven't gotten around to cataloging. Opened up Gimp to start editing to find all my pictures were icky yellow and using the auto white balance feature in Gimp helped slightly... but made the pics semi unbearable to look at due to the brightness. I thought that perhaps all of this was due to using the "museum" setting on my camera.... what with semi crumby light and all that. Turns out that was not the case as I found out this morning when I came out to retake all of my pictures from yesterday... with an additional light source to boot!
    After a quick google search of "pictures too yellow" and a scan through the camera's manual (why would I have read it already... I know how to point and shoot!) I figured out how to adjust some settings. Luckily I spent some time a couple of years ago as an admin assistant/photographer/listing person for another jewelry designer and was able to learn some about cameras and taking pictures, especially of jewelry *without* using a photo tent thingy. A good deal of that came back to me today as I was fighting with the camera to get something resembling decent pictures for the website.
    So.... I have my settings figured out, have a handful of new pics to use on new shopping carts pages (that I have to create), and have decided that I might well just redo *all* the photos of in stock items on my site! That is once the batteries charge *again*. Now to just get Gimp to stop crashing and build all the new pages.... some days I wish I had a web person
    I have a feeling that it is going to be a VERY long night.... especially considering that my daughters have a holiday concert tonight

    *I forgot if there aint pics it didn't happen... so here's one to prove that I figured out how to take the pics so they come out reasonably professional looking. The piece is a custom rosary that a very dear friend of my ordered for her elderly mother-in-law. Made with fresh water pearls and larger glass beads, each representing the birth month of a member of the woman's family (her self, her husband and 4 children).
    Last edited by KaLea Thoits; 12-17-2009 at 08:03 PM.
    Dragon's Paradox - ** working on updates ** Custom and One Of A Kind Heirloom Quality Hand Crafted Jewelry & Gifts

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Well, you see Kalea, this time it did happen and it is gorgeus.

    I have to get to know how to take better pictures as well, but I must admit that it is not my first priority now.

    Besides my camera is just a pocket one with not many manual features. I just aim and shoot, and if it looks wrong shoot again
    Best regards,

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I cannot remember the world before PhotoShop.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    I used photo shop when I worked for the other designer, I can't afford it currently... hence using Gimp =)
    Dragon's Paradox - ** working on updates ** Custom and One Of A Kind Heirloom Quality Hand Crafted Jewelry & Gifts

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois

    Not only is the picture very well done, the rosarie is outstanding!

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Nice work KaLea

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    Dec 2009
    Madison, WI

    Can I ask what kind of camera you're using?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Shaul View Post

    Can I ask what kind of camera you're using?
    hey joseph you must have missed it she told us in the tittle of her epost its a "STIKiUN" brand with telephoto lens
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    KaLea...Great rosary!! I used to have one of those steenking cameras, but I traded it in on one of the 'dang' models.

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    I appreciate the compliments on the piece.... some I enjoy making more than others and I am sure that it shows at times.
    Ted, I wish I had a dang model! I'll keep saving my pennies for one of them
    currently I am using Chuck's camera which is a Sanyo point and shoot deal... nothing super schwank, but it's a 10megapixel and has some other fun features. It works great for "regular" type pics. Luckily it has a P mode so you can play with the settings... just not as much as the Nikon D-something that I got to play with before. After working with one for a while I decided that I really wanted one for myself, but then talked to a friend who takes thousands of really amazing photos every year who convinced me that I don't need a SLR for what I do so now I am looking at a Nikon Coolpix P90.
    Ok back from the concert... must take pics until the batteries die again so I can recharge them.
    Dragon's Paradox - ** working on updates ** Custom and One Of A Kind Heirloom Quality Hand Crafted Jewelry & Gifts

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