I am glad that yesterday is behind me. I am not (really) complaining, but it is good that today is a new day and will be much less tedious than yesterday. It wasn’t disastrous or anything like that, but it was just the kind of day where it seemed that I had to work much harder than usual to achieve not greatness, but mediocrity. I don’t mind working that hard for greatness. In that case, the end results is its own reward. I worked much harder yesterday than I did on the day when I cut the Wright Inspired Candle Tray. I didn’t mind it that day though because I think that tray is one of my finest projects. Yesterday however, it seems I worked even harder and the end result is just “meh”.
So what did I do that was so tedious? I took photographs of the final submissions to the catalog for the wholesaler. Initially I had counted on a couple of hours tops, but the process took most of the day and even a bit after supper, as I had some more ideas regarding lighting. I not only needed to photograph my three new candle trays, but also three new baskets that my partner designed.
The baskets are really very nice. I hope that I did them justice though. I had submitted photos of them before, and I thought they looked good, but my contact at the wholesaler requested I try again because she thought I could do better. She also requested that I re-shoot the photos for my Wright Candle Tray on a lighter background so it would show up better. I really did like the pictures I took initially, but I did see her point because the pictures the customers would see in their catalog would be only about an inch tall and it would be difficult to see the detail.
I started with the baskets. I had purchased fruit to put in them and with having to finish everything else, I hadn’t taken the pictures, as I needed to set everything up to do so. I wanted to do it all at once so that it would go quickly. I did notice though that some of the fruit was starting to go soft and (kind of) rot and I knew if I didn’t take the pictures soon I would have to go and get more. The baskets are geometrically shaped and play havoc with the lens and become quite distorted in photographs. I use a filter in Photoshop to correct this problem, but again it is more time and there is only so much you can do without adding to the problem. After several attempts however, they did turn out OK and I think they are good.
The candle trays looked alright, but the main problem I was having besides the usual “dark wood” problem on the Celtic Trinity and the FL Wright Inspired ones was that once you light the candle as it should be, it throws off the light source and changes everything. It wants to take over the picture and you lose the detail on the charms and the tray itself, which is what will sell the pattern. Add in the factor that as I said, these pictures will be only about an inch in diameter and you will understand the problem. However, after many, many retakes and configurations of light, I finally have acceptable pictures of everything. I finished around 8pm last night.
The three candle trays are the Sweetheart Candle Tray:
|From SLD334 Sweetheart Candle Tray and Charms|
The Celtic Trinity Candle Tray:
|From SLD335 Celtic Trinity Candle Tray and Charm Set|
And the Shamrock Candle Tray:
|From SLD336 Shamrock Candle Tray and Charm Set|
I was (finally) happy with how the Celtic Trinity pictures came out, with the wood being so dark. I think I finally figured out how to do the lighting for that one. You can click on the title of the picture and go to my Picasa albums to see the several views of each of them if you wish. I think they came out alright in the end. It was just a long road.
One thing good about the new set up that I will have for my website is that I can present several pictures for each item. This will assist greatly in allowing my customers to really see the products. It is much like the gallery page here on LJ’s where there are several decent sized views. I still may retake the Final Shamrock Candle Tray Picture so that the charms are more visible, but I will see how the day is and how much light I have to work with. I actually did send a picture of it without the tinting for the catalog because you could see what was going on better. Right now the sun is just coming up and it it appears the sky is clear. So chances are good.
Today I will be writing descriptions for the products for the site. We are just about ready to unveil the new site and I am also quite excited about that. I hope to have it up by the weekend if all goes well. I have to figure for that one day delay where the domain name has to be hooked to it too after it is published. It will be exciting to see how it is going to be received. I just want to be absolutely sure that everything is in order.
It is good to have these catalog deadlines under my belt. I can get back to working on some of the other things that I really need to work on. I also want to get moving on my shoe and see how that will go. It will be fun to play with the Dremel and learn something new.
On a final note for today, I understand all the little bears from my Beary Tale have made it to their new homes in Apple Creek, Ohio. The girls volleyball team won the County Championships and they were each given a little golden bear to adopt. It was a wonderful experience to make these little bears knowing that they will be loved and appreciated. I am thrilled that they won the Championship too. Like icing on the cake. :)
|From A Beary Tale|
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"