What are your “Tips and Tricks” regarding photographing your projects? nbsp; Gateway to all Tips & Tricks Topics Original Blog Posting8/9/11 Last week, I asked you how much effort you put into the photos of your projects. To respond, the options were:1) I just “get ‘er done” … snap, snap, snap2) I at least clean off the workbench before taking the photo—I try to take a good, clear, uncluttered photo3) I go all out – I plan the background for the pho...
One thing that I like so much about my job is that there is such a great variety of steps that need to be done in order to keep everything running smoothly. The saying that “necessity breeds invention” comes to mind when I am in the midst of doing so many of these other tasks. For someone such as myself, who is trying to make a living on my designing abilities, learning all the different aspects of what it takes to not only design patterns, but to produce and market them is a ...
Are you tired of dark and grainy photos of your beautiful projects? Tired of having a terrible photo represent your hard work and craftsmanship? What you need is a photography lightbox or light tent, but commercially available light boxes can cost up to $500! The following is a tutorial on how to build your own custom lightbox for under $50. I’ve sampled a number on online resources and different techniques to present this tutorial. See the full tutorial here: http://m1c2.com/2...
Although my daily Shop-Shot is automatically tweeted every day (@brianhavens), I have had not had time to post it (manually) every day here on LumberJocks. As such, I put together a page showing all my recent shots for my LumberJocks pals: http://brianhavens.us/shop_shots.html Let me know what your favorites are.
Yesterday turned out to be a day of learning. For me, those are always good days. I had originally planned to take some quick pictures of the new project and one that my partner was just finished with and then spend the rest of the day drawing and working on the next one. That just wasn’t how it turned out to be. One of the best thing about being your own boss and keeping on schedule is that it allows you the flexibility to deviate from that schedule most of the time. At least f...
Putting a new edge on one of my favorite bowl-making tools: the 3/8” bowl gouge that I use for finishing cuts.
... is shavings in your cup! After finishing my morning espresso, I set the cup down next to my lathe. This is what it looked like about an hour later. It reminded my of a joke that my friend and fellow LumberJock Todd Clippinger tweeted to me.
I got the itch to do a little photography (one of my past hobbies) in the shop. The wood is spinning at about 1000 rpm.
I’ve always been disappointed with the way my pictures turned out. I remembered reading somewhere about using a window shade So I spent 5 bucks the other day for a window shade. I was sure happy with the results.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just draped it over the back of the couch like this. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here’s some results.
I have been giving one tip to people for years. It is so simple, I hesitate to even call it a tip, but alas I don’t have a thesaurus handy, so I have little choice. This applies to every photo, whether it is an image of your latest woodworking project or a prize winning picture of a yeti. The last thing I do, before I press the button, is to slowly force myself to run my eyes around the edge of the image. I know it sounds dumber than Jethro Bodine, but that is because it is so easy. ...
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