BAD 2013 61/365
, a photo by markasky
Brooch # 61 of 365. Mesh fused on to burned copper with fossilized sand dollar setting.
Check out my how-to article on making earrings from the series "Scars Make Your Body More Interesting" in the spring Belle Armoire Jewelry issue!
What are your photography secrets?! Any tips, tricks, what works best for you, what doesn't? How often do you photograph your work? Do you have an expensive set-up or a homemade one. Your best piece of advice for photographing jewelry. Show us some of your best photos.
I'm a metal smith. I make jewelry and small sculptural pieces. I'm not a photographer. But I need to take pictures of my work and it's expensive to have to keep paying someone else to do it and I'm not usually happy with the results. So out of necessity, I've had to learn to photograph my work. It's been a long process (and I'm not done yet!) I did take a couple of photography classes in college, but that was a long time ago in the days of actually putting film in your camera.
Early Crappy Photos
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Something that helped a lot was taking a lighting class from a local photographer. A lot of simple, inexpensive tricks, using a plastic milk carton to filter the light, frosted plexiglas, elevating the piece on a piece of glass with some texture below that will be out of focus. Also to think about unusual props. (Although I did just order some lights and a light tent.)
I looked at a lot of other people's photos, asked how they did it. Lighting is really important and shooting in daylight can be really good. Indirect lighting.
Read books, read blogs, experimented - a lot. Doing Ring-A-Day was really helpful. I know that if you keep doing something every day, you start to figure things out and get better at it. I had to take at least 1 picture a day, and that really helped step up the game.
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It's really about paying attention to the details before you take the picture. Where's the reflection, is there too much glare, is there dirt on background, what's in focus - what's not.
I shoot in RAW format. I like that because I can adjust the white balance in the RAW program instead of my camera. That way I don't have to remember where the AWB button is or spend an hour looking for it in the manual. And I can save the photo as a big file and refer back to it if I need the picture in different formats.
For when I need a quick photo... like for Brooch A Day... I shoot my brooches mostly on a piece of frosted white plexiglas to get a good contrast of the image so I can add a gradient background in PhotoShop. I also use frosted white plexiglas as a filter on the 2 side lights and top light.
It's hard with jewelry, because what works well with one piece doesn't necessarily work well with others. I use PhotoShop to add backgrounds, adjust the exposure, contrast and clean up any dirt and dust. The one thing I'd really like to learn is to do gradients using lighting and the camera... my brain can't seem to get a grip on that yet!
To see more photography tips, check out other
Etsy Metal members here:Lou HunterLaura Jane Bouton Mary Anne Karren2Roses Chrysoula NodeformDeborah Lee TaylorAbella Blue
Burned copper fused to stick pin, with alcohol inks.
BAD 2013 16/365More experimenting with new enamels on some sort of brooch type thing!
I like to call this a "Pocket Brooch" or for my nerdier side a "Pocket Protector Brooch." Designed to slip into a pocket.
This is opalescent chartreuse enamel, torch-fired over plain copper. Quickly becoming one of my favorite enamels!
Eek it's happening again.
I seem to accidentally have joined the Flickr group - Brooch A Day.
I got confused, I thought it was Brooch A Week - and hadn't I already joined that group? I tried to get out of it... Shannon talked me back in... still, I just figured I'd show up once in awhile... but apparently I just can't do that!! I remember how big doing a ring a day was and I just wasn't sure I had it in me to do this type of thing again, it was really good for getting new ideas, but you know, I don't really need any new ideas right now... I have tons I haven't even done yet... but I started to think about it in another way. I can work in a series and make several variations of an idea and work out problems and issues... so here I am.
Check out the groups on Flickr:Brooch A DayBrooch A Week
Etsy Metal Blog Carnival
Topic: "If you could only read one magazine what would it be and why?"
If I could only read one magazine, I would choose Interview
. I love it for so many reasons:
- I love that Andy Warhol started it.
- I love that unusual people interview other unusual people, not just regular writers do the interviewing.
- I love that Daniel Radcliffe interviewed Helena Bonham Carter.
- I love that it is over-sized. While so many other magazines try to become more compact and easier to hold, Interview is big and awkward! And the print is small.
- I love all the arty, inspiring photographs
- I love that they talk about everything, art, music, acting, movies, books, fashion, etc.
- I love that they talk about everything, nothing is sacred. I don't always like everything, or agree with everything, but I love that they push every boundary!
See what other Etsy Metal members read! Laura Jane Bouton Beth Cyr silentgoddess Lou Hunter Deborah Lee TaylorTosca Teràn
Etsy Metal Blog Carnival
Please share your pets with us! Pictures, stories, new pets, old pets, dogs, cats, ants, anything that has ever lived in your house that wasn't human, be they friend or foe!
Right now I have 2 Australian cattle dog mutts, Lucy and Sparky. They are the funniest dogs I have ever seen. They'll play tug-o-war and Lucy will lay on her side, dead weight, and Sparky will drag her around the house.
Lucy and Sparky
Before Lucy & Sparky we had a chow/yellow lab mix named Chris. He was a great dog. The lab/chow mix had him a bit confused though. Chows don't like the water and labs love it, so when we would take him to the beach he'd want to go in the water, but he'd only go in up to his doggie knees. It was a sad day when he died at age 13.
I have 3 sons, so we've done the pet circuit... we've had parakeets – Shim 1, 2, and 3. My son didn't know how to tell if they were male or female, so he took the 'sh' from she, and the 'im' from him = 'Shim." And we've had hamsters, bunnies, goldfish, and a giant 7' iguana named Noddy. That was interesting. He kept attacking one of my sons. And their poop is like giant bird poop.
On the uninvited side, we've had ants, rats, gophers, raccoons, possums, moths, spiders, skeeter eaters, mosquitoes, blue jays, sparrows, and an occasional squirrel.
If you would like to learn about the pets of other Etsy Metal Team members, check out their blogs here:
- Laney (silentgoddess) - http://silentgoddess.blogspot.com
- Beth Cyr - http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
- 2Roses - http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com
- Erin Austin - http://metalmusing.blogspot.com/
- Rebecca Bogan - http://AdobeSol.wordpress.com
- Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal - http://vtakahashi.blogspot.com/
The suppression of speech
or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.
I think about this topic a lot. I think about it when I watched 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.' I think about it when I listen to Eminem. I think about it when I'm watching Amy Shumer or Sarah Silverman. They all address social taboos and controversial topics such as racism, sexism, and religion. Personally, I like that. It makes you think. It makes you more open-minded. It helps you accept people that might be different than you.
I think about it when I'm trying to decide if I should really call my fold-form rings 'Dangerous Vaginas. I
probably censor myself
more than I would really like to. I don't want to say whatever I want, whenever I want, in front of whoever I want. But I do want to say what I want , somewhere, and in front of someone.
I think people should be able to express themselves. I prefer it when it is meaningful. But I don't think that should be a criteria for it. Just my personal preference. Although, I can also appreciate it , when it's not meaningful.
It's also that 'objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient' is pretty subjective. Who is deciding that? As an adult, I feel that I can decide that for myself.
"What In The World Are You You Doing?"Etsy Metal Blog Carnival
Topic: "What In The World Are You You Doing?"
What is a blog carnival?..... It is EtsyMetal
members who write an article on the same topic on the first Monday of each month.
It feels like I've been walking through molasses. It feels like I haven't gotten anything done. BUT...
I had to figure out how to update my website. I had built it with iWeb and then got a new computer, and iWeb wasn't on it. It is obsolete.
Well, about a year ago, I bought DreamWeaver4 and then immediately avoided using it. I knew there would be a big learning curve. There was. My son had built several websites using DreamWeaver and he said he'd help me. Of course, he doesn't live here, so his help was through a few phone calls. BUT I started using it, and I was getting it.
Then one day, my son calls me up and says, 'Hey, check out my website
!" I said did you use DreamWeaver? He said no. He used Weebly, a free website builder. (Also the site that Mary Lu Wason
had told me about a month ago.) I asked him why he didn't use DreamWeaver and he said it was too time consuming, Weebly was really easy. So I had to let go of the fact that I had paid a lot of money for DreamWeaver and go check out Weebly. He was right, it was super easy! So go check out my website
... right now. Don't forget to take the poll of the month. I was totally obsessed with creating this website for about 4 days.
I submitted some pieces to the Charles Lewton Brain fold-forming competition. That took me a whole day. Why does everything take sooooo long to do?!
I'm planning a trip to AZ this week (actually when you read this I will be there or on my way home. I am driving from central CA with my oldest son and we will pick up my middle son in LA then drive to Phoenix to see my brother and his family. I'm guessing it will be really hot.
For the last 2 weeks, I have been going to the gym every day!!
I have been refining my Dangerous Vagina
By July 15, our Flickr TADA group will have our 3rd show up – Personal Legends : Physical Interpretations of Story and Mythwww.trueaddictsofdailyart.com/legendsshow.html
So I have been working on a couple of pieces for that.Join us if you like!
I have been reading lots of books:
I've also spent A LOT of time looking for things that keep disappearing.
- Imagine by Jonah Lehrer, about how creativity works. It's pretty interesting, I've blogged about it.
- Deadly Harvest, by Geoff Bond an anthropological look at nutrition. Really really interesting!!
- Cloisonné Enameling & Jewelry Making by Felicia Liban & Louise Mitchell written in 1980. It's a really good book with a lot of good info, not just about cloisonné.
- Mediaeval Craftsmanship and the Modern Amateur by Newton Wethered, has some interesting stuff in it.
- Scars Make Your Body More Interesting by Sherrill Jaffee I read this in the 70's, it's a collection of short stories. I'm not sure that it moves as much today, but I really like the title and am creating a line of jewelry based on the title.
- Interview Magazine
- Juxtapose Magazine
I have been doing battle with the gophers in my garden. So far they are winning.
Please check out what these other Etsy Metal members have been doing!
1. Laney - http://silentgoddess.blogspot.com
2. victoria takahashi - http://vtakahashi.blogspot.com/
3. Miranda - http://gracebourne.blogspot.ca/
4. Beth Cyr - http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com
5. Rebecca Bogan - http://AdobeSol.wordpress.com
6. Anne Walker - http://www.creativeinclinations.blogspot.com
7. Erin Austin - http://metalmusing.blogspot.com/
8. Danielle Miller - http://daniellemillerjewelry.blogspot.com/