Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Spring - New from Jen Martakis!

Spring! Yay! It's here!

Apparently we had colder than average temps but it was sunny, beautiful and I had my jacket off part of the time outside. Warm enough for me when I can have my jacket off! It was perfect timing, too, for Jen Martakis to create a super lovely Spring digital kit. I went hybrid, of course, and creates cards.

Thought I would share one with you today and also share what I do for taking photos.  Here is my set up:

I have a 12x12 piece of chipboard that I lean against my wall. Then, depending on the colors of the card, I prop a piece of 12x12 cardstock on the chipboard and one on the table top. I have two Daylight lamps. They are the "cheaper" version of the Ott lite. Cheaper means they are less expensive the Ott but definitely not "cheap". I prop those so that the light falls and reflects nicely on the card.

Here is a raw photo:

This is usually what my initial photo looks like of my cards. I do make adjustments on my camera. I always shoot in manual and adjust the shutter speed and such. I'm not the best for giving a tutorial on doing this. My camera "cheats" for me. Meaning, I can view on my lcd screen what the adjustments are doing to my photo. So I usually just tweak until the lighting looks good. LOL I don't have a DSLR. It's a very awesome point and shoot that has lots of features a DSLR has, though.

I use Picasa as my photo storage and editing program.

In this program I can crop and then I use the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. This magic button seems to know exactly the right adjustments to make. Very rarely do I need to do any manual adjustments. LOVE this lovely little feature in Picasa. I then export the photo and resize to the desired number of pixels. You can see the export folder at the bottom of the screen shot.

And here is the final product:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Sticker: SRM Press, Brad: My Minds Eye, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Pen: Uniball Signo, Digital Supplies: Hello Spring kit by Jen Martakis Designs, Tools: Circle punches: EK Success, Die Cut Machine and Dies: Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)

Thanks for swinging by! I'll share a card tomorrow that is using white cardstock. I do a couple of different things with those so that they don't melt into the white background.


Audrey Pettit said...

What a happy and adorable spring inspired card, Melissa! Love those sweet birdies. Love your doodled framework, too. Thanks for sharing all the tips on photo taking. I don't have any lights, so I'm constantly struggling to find decent light and settings to take my photos. Would love to have a station like you do! TFS!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

This definitely says spring! Pretty card, Melissa! It was nice to see how you go about getting a photo.

Busygirl said...

Love your setup! After seeing a few bloggers sharing their photo station, I seriously need to get some Otte lamps and set something up!

A tip though. If you don't like the fold in the background, you can use a long piece of white paper or fabric and hang it so that it runs to the floor. It's hard to describe but most product photographers use that method to have a seamless background.

Ashley Rock said...

Wow! great tip! Love it, thanks for sharing!

Tracie said...

Thanx for the tips!! I need a program that helps me take good photos but not sure what to get. do you like Picasa? And how expensive is it? Thanx!!

Margie H said...

Great tips - I'm so bummed...broke OTT light! UGH~! That and daylight works wonders :) Lovely spring card...cute birds...very sweet.

Live 2 Create said...

thanks for sharing - I think I need to get another ott light and set up like you have!

soapHOUSEmama said...

that card is totally cute and I am SO in love/jealous of your setup there!!!!!