Yesterday I featured a sweet bunny basket and accessory pattern. I mentioned that it was just one of four new designs that I completed over the weekend. While I showed you some "snapshots" of the finished project, I spent the day taking what I call 'presentation photos' of all four projects.
Having nice photos is really helpful when selling patterns. I find that people enjoy not only seeing nice, clear photos of what the pattern includes, but also likes suggestions of how to display and use the finished pieces.
In the mornings when I take my blog pictures, many of them are just quick photos of what I am working on. I write my posts quite early in the morning and if I hadn't already taken the pictures, I don't set up my light box and lights to take the pictures. That usually comes later in the day.
It takes a bit of thought and planning when taking some of the photos. While some projects like plaques can be take straight on, for clean, clear pictures, I like to have fun when I make most other types of project. To me it is all part of the process and can be just as interesting as coming up with the design itself.
I spent pretty much of the day planning, posing and taking my final presentation photos for all four new projects. I am really thrilled with my little light tent setup and my new camera that I got just before Christmas take exceptional pictures to begin with. The combination of the two – along with my 15+ years of working with Photoshop -really gives a nice presentation for my products.
I often am asked the question of what programs I use to create my patterns and photos. I know that there are lots of programs available and many are free, but I have been using Adobe products for nearly as long as I have been working on the computer. All the magazines and publications that I work for use them and they are pretty much the standard in the industry. They are not cheap, but they get the job done for me quickly and beautifully and since this is my living, I feel that I am justified in using them.
I will tell you that I use only a tiny fraction of the functions from Photoshop. I am sure that you may be able to find other programs that do the same things as I do with Photoshop. But I am someone who learns best little by little and as each year passes, I slowly take baby steps in expanding my knowledge and learning more of the wonderful capabilities of what Photoshop can do. As of now, It usually takes under 5 steps for me to turn a basic photo into something that looks beautiful and professional. But that is only because I have invested the time into learning. There are many wonderful tutorials and videos on YouTube which walk you through the steps of hundreds of adjustments and processes. You only have to seek the knowledge.
With that said, I will start off today showing the final presentation photos from yesterday's SLD496 Bunny Trinket Box project. With a few props and a little imagination, I am pretty pleased with the outcome.
Below is a photo of the ensamble:
I really loved how these turned out. The curly maple figure of the wood really looks pretty amazing!
I loved the two tiny chenille chicks, too! They fit right into the small carrot shaped box:
Wouldn't it be fun to tuck a couple of jelly beans in that tiny box? I had thoughts of tinting it with paint, but after playing around with it, I decided to leave it the natural color. I think it looks beautiful among the colored props.
Now on to the next pattern set. This time we have a set of chicks (SLD497 – Chick Trinket Box – Pattern will be available on the site soon!) The main wood I used for this box was a beautiful ash:
I love the color, the hardness and the clean look that ash offers. The contrasting ring(s) of the box(es) were made of cherry. I thought it was fitting to have the smaller box be shaped like and egg:
And it looks like some of the eggs have hatched into little chicks! :)
They make a fun little set, don't they?
Now for the 'presentation pictures'. I just LOVE these little guys!
One of the best parts of taking the pictures was I got to eat some of the 'props' that I was using!
I think that everything looks nice together, and the two little chicks seemed to find a comfy place nesting in the small egg box!
What a cheerful vignette they make!
As with the bunnies, the chicks pattern will be available for the site update either tomorrow or Thursday (as will the two other new pattern sets – but you will have to come back tomorrow to see what is up next!) The patterns will all become available with the update as well.
Keith posted another new pattern up on the site yesterday. It is his SLDK452 Serenity Prayer Sectional Plaque.
I think it came out just beatiful! I think it will be really popular too.
It snowed again yesterday, but we didn't have much additional accumulation.
It is hard to see my sad little car buried under all that snow. This was to be the last year I would leave it out, as I am going to be storing it in the winter from now on. I plan on sprucing it up this spring (if the snow ever melts) and then it will be kept indoors for the winters. This is certainly the most snow I have seen here in my eleven years in Nova Scotia. Hopefully it will begin melting soon. Even I am ready for the spring!
Today is sunny and beautiful out. I see the icicles dripping, which means things are beginning to melt. Slowly and surely the seasons will change and warmer days will come. We only need to be patient.
Until then, I will keep spring in my heart. I hope you are all enjoying this slow reveal of my new spring-themed designs. I am having fun showing you.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"