Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thank you, here are some of my responses.


You know what, too?? I moved my room all aroound and now my table is right in front of a window (closed with blinds though). My back used to be to the window when I took pictures before, does that matter??

I have a few answers to your questions;)
Found in red under each comment:


Tanis said...
CUTE card Jimmi!The first one looks "flashy".The second one looks not the right colours.I always take my photos by the window during the day without the flash. Have you tried that? Works best for colours and clarity. If they don't quite turn out right, I play in my photo editor.YOU CAN"T GIVE UP ON SEWING!!!!! NO NO NO!!!!Can I come over and teach you some basics??? LOL!

I have always taken them (with my old Kodak cheap camera) on my desk with 2 pieces of white cardboard around them. I normally dont use a flash and didn't in the 2nd picture but the 1st pic is the one my supposed "smart" camera chose. So I took the 2nd one with my old settings but on the new camera.

I think I am done with sewing, I cant even thread the bobbin with a photo tutorial...
January 3, 2009 4:05 PM

Ashley said...
Alright, I always *try* to take my pictures during the day next to a window. After which, I almost *always* have to adjust the color in photoshop.

Again, no daylight cause I stamp late at night and then get home from work the next day after dark...and i've never taken them before with daylight:(
January 3, 2009 5:48 PM

Lorie said...
Can you play with them in Photoshop? What kind of camera do you have again?

I use Microsoft Picture It, no photoshop here. I did adjust the brightness and contrast with Picture It, the same way I used to with my old camera. The camera is an Olympus Stylus 1010.
January 3, 2009 5:59 PM

Shannan Teubner said...
Hmmm...I'll give this a go. Between the 2, the first one looks BETTER, but still not the best. The colors are kinda washed out. You might try natural light, no flash, then go into your photo editing software (do you use PSE?) and hit the Auto Adjust button in the color/brightness controls. If the photo is too blue, there's a bar called Temperature that you can pull towards red or blue, to control the undertones. But when I choose the right photo to begin with, I usually don't have to do that (cause I skip the ones that look blue). Hope this helps a little!

I have MS Picture It, no photoshop, see above. I used the macro setting with no flash just like I used to with my Kodak easyshare camera, the same settings as far as I can tell.
January 3, 2009 6:10 PM

Kim Muhl said...
Your card is super cute, even if the pics aren't the greatest. Maybe you need to invest in a photo box or make one? That might help with your color and light issues.

I am thinking maybe I need a photobox but the 2 pieces of shiny white cardboard (pieces for SU! dsp packs) used to work perfectly with the old camera.
January 3, 2009 6:17 PM

HEBrown aka Heather said...
You poor thing between the camera and now the sewing machine!!! I need to live closer to give you some sewing lessons, it's soooo easy once you get the hang of it!! Ok for the camera, I think that if you didn't have to edit your old camera photos in photoshop to have them look nice then you shouldn't have to with your new camera, maybe it's broken can you take it to the store and compare against a display model?? I would return it if it's giving you this much of a hassle...soooo sorry!!

I can return it but it's so darn cute and purple and was takes AWESOME pics of people and outdoors and indoors and moving objects, just not cards which is what I will use it for 80% of the time:( Should I just use my old one for cards only?? Maybe? IDK?

And I wish you could come over and teach me how to sew too, I cant even do it after watching Youtube tutorial and tutorials on blogs...

January 4, 2009 1:36 AM

Laurie in MN said...
I don't know anything about taking pictures that would be of any help. There is one blog where the writer has camera tips. hope that helps.

Oh, yeah! I forgot about her photography side of things, I am totally a follower of hers. She probably has much fancier equipment than me but I might check it out, thank you!

January 4, 2009 2:38 AM

Katherine (beadfreak22) said...
First off, I think your card is really, really fabulous! I love everything about it. I agree with the others about the camera ~ try using natural light. I sometimes put my card right under my OTT light and that works well, too. I think the bottom picture looks better, as the top one looks a bit washed out. And what is this about a sewing machine? Did you get one for Christmas that you didn't tell me about? Why are you giving up on it?

I use my Ott Lite, too. I used it for both of these pictures:(
I am too stupid to sew. Kim told me not to even go there, I should have listened, hehe;)

January 4, 2009 7:00 AM

Toni K said...
I think the first one is closer. The second one just looks so wrong. sorry ;). I have this same problem. Too much light or not enough. I started taking my picures in the kitchen where there is a flourescent light, with no flash. It's almost enough light. My camera is pretty new and sometimes I think I'll never figure it out.

You know what? I never thoughtof going to another room in the house, that's a good idea! I just assumed I could use the same set up I was with my old Kodak camera but maybe I am the one that needs to adjust myself;)

January 4, 2009 7:12 AM

Brooke said...
go to JoAnn's or some craft store. buy a little OTT LITE. i just got a small desk one that flips open. this made all the difference in my project photos. it creates natural looking light. even at midnight on a wednesday! i use no flash and the macro setting. the colors on the page/card turn out fabulous. i hardly have to edit my pics anymore. good luck! cute card!

I have an Ott Lite, it is the pink one that folds open and is totally adorable, sounds like it is the same one but the photography gods are just smiling down on you and not me, lol:)

January 4, 2009 8:23 AM


  1. Hey there Jimmi! Just catching up . . have you tried using Picasa? It's a free program for photo editing that I've found is super easy!!! I take all my pics at night in my light box using my Ott light. Then I just adjust with Picasa's easy steps - only downside is it doesn't do watermarks so I then got to PS to add my watermark. The program is what blogger uses now to store your blog photos - worth checking out! :)

  2. gee...wonder why Brooke would need a photo of a project at midnight on a Wednesday?? heehee!! I'm agreeing with all the other comments...the first looks flashy/washed out, and the second the colors seem off. I also am one who lately has been adjusting my photos on the computer. DH got a really nice digital SLR for his bday, but I still use our old point-and-shoot Olympus for my cards. It just seems easier for me, plus the file size is easier to handle on blogger and SCS.

  3. Hi Jimmi! Long time no speak! Hee hee. I have the same problem with pictures. I stamp at night and take pictures at night. I use 2 OTT lights. I put one to the back side of the card(but out of the camera's view, and one to the other side but in front near the camera. It evens out the light. It helps the sensor on the camera and the the back light near the card. Does all that even make sense? Well, it seems to work for me. I hope this helps.

  4. Julie mentioned Picasa. Picasa 3 (it's the new version) has a text option and you can adjust the transparency so it kind of does have a watermark feature now. Love it, and it's free!
    I hope my last comment helped and you have some success finding the right spot. I ahve been all over my house trying to take pictures, and even outside (bad idea). I got this fancy expensive camera and loved it. The more I use it the harder it is to understand. I feel your frustration.

  5. I feel your pain! I'm always adjusting lighting, settings, etc. And I still can't find the perfect combination. We have no sun at the moment, just nice dreary fog, so no natural light available. I also like the option of being able to take photos at night.

    Here's one suggestion that you may want to try:
    Try shining your OTT light right at the card, from a 45 degree angle. It looks like you light is falling down onto the card from the top.
    Can you switch your camera to manual? My pics turn out better when I set my settings, than when I let the camera do its auto thing.

    Hope you get it figured out!


Have a fabulous day!