Since a lot of us produce “longer”, or taller, items that we want to post on LJ’s, we typically end up having to take the photo from a distance so that the entire object can be included. The resulting photo ends up not showing the finer details of your work.This type of scenario applies to some of my own pieces, such as carved walking staffs, or canes, but there is a free tool to help us get around this problem, and I expect that it is already installed on your PC with eithe...
These are the two photos I was trying to find in the photos I mentioned in my previous post. I could have saved these for safety week. As I said these photos were usually taken for a reason. You can see in the lower photo that the two men are doing something that looks inherently dangerous, probably demonstrating what happened. The guy on the right is missing his ring finger!
Here it is late August (where DID the summer go?), and when I’ve let the dogs out the past couple of mornings I’ve noticed that it is almost chilly out there. Not cold by any means, & compared with the massive heat we’ve dealt with the past couple of months it is quite pleasant. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cool, and I’ve got one very large project on my punch list for the shop that I’ve decided is going to the Top of the list this week: I̵...
Kreg’s 10,000 screws photo contest ends at 11:50 pm on July 29, 2010 (tomorrow night!), and I had to get the follow-up photo to the original posted! Of COURSE the cap is still holding!!!! I USED KREG POCKET HOLES!!!!
I know this isnt a photography site, but since we all shoot pictures of our projects I thought I might share a few tips with you.I often get asked how I go about getting my boxes to look good…besides the woodworking I mean. Feel free to add your tips this blog. I shoot with a Canon 20D and a 17-85 Image Stabilized lens, but most cameras now are plenty good and will do fine as long as you take the time to understand how to get the most out of it. I typically use a tripod and set...
It is a pretty awesome photo, but I won’t repost it here. Check it out over on NPR, which also has an article about it, a movie on the making-of, and a slideshow.
This past Christmas, Santa brought me a Shark Guard. I used it to complete Nathan's crib, but knew I’d need to get it properly mounted before the next project. So I bought a 6’ length of 1” square tube steel, a metal cutting blade for the jigsaw, and a bag ‘o 5/16 nuts, washers and bolts. I would have much preferred to weld it together, but since I don’t own the equipment or know anyone who does, that just wasn’t going to happen. The overarm design is a...
i’m wondering how you guys take the great photos of your work with the white backgrounds and such? ‘cause i’m wanting to open a website that will sell my turnings but i can’t seem to get good professional quality photos. i can’t afford expensive cameras and equipment right now so does anybody have any ideas? i’m stumped, again. what photo editing software is good? right now i have sony photo editor but that’s it.
OK, so I “cheated.” I typically assemble face frames with pocket screws. It’s simple, fast and strong enough. Since this face frame is composed of 1” x 3/4” members, pocket screws seemed a bit weak to me—I’d only be able to use a single screw in each member, which would allow it to “spin” somewhat. While this would be minimized greatly after gluing to the carcass, some “twist” could still occur over time. Since the drawers w...
Geez, I thought I was done with shopping/research :) Seems that once you have your background and lighting down pat the next step is better glass. Keep in mind when I originally purchased my camera I didn’t consider it might be necessary to upgrade the lens. I did understand I may need a different lens for landscape shots for instance. Through this process I’ve come across various sites that show images from one end to the other of the range of a particular lens. I’...
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