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Old 08-05-2011, 08:02
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Question point and shoot?

How many of you own a point and shoot camera and use it for your models or product shots?

I have a diy lightbox and the whole shabang to make my pics look nice but I'm still not happy with the end result... is it just me or do I need to get a editing software?

currently using gimp and picnik, should I just spend the money on ps elements?

thank you all for your time..
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:23
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Unless I am trading, I use a point and shoot. I might upgrade some day, but I have been happy with the results. For product shots I ONLY use natural light right now. I can only shoot during certain times of the day which limits what I can do but I have been so much happier than trying to mess with artificial light! I just have a Samsung HZ30W that I purchased from Costco over a year ago. It's tricky to figure out what works for you and your camera but I wish you the best of luck!!
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:14
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Unless I am trading, I use a point and shoot. I might upgrade some day, but I have been happy with the results. For product shots I ONLY use natural light right now. I can only shoot during certain times of the day which limits what I can do but I have been so much happier than trying to mess with artificial light! I just have a Samsung HZ30W that I purchased from Costco over a year ago. It's tricky to figure out what works for you and your camera but I wish you the best of luck!!
Thank you Jen I was thinking of just doing natural lighting and editing with gimp my pics just don't look as nice as I want them yet.. I'll give it a try tomorrow.. I need to research the best time to take pics in natural light.. thanks so much for your time Jen! question do you do indoor or outdoor natural light? ty
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:37
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I use point and shoot. I throw everything in a box and bring it outside with a white piece of paper. I just sit in the driveway and shoot away. I use picnik to edit.
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I use a point and shot and a light box with 3 lights (all day lightbulbs). I do my editing in Photoshop Elements. I eventually want to upgrade but for just product shots I am happy.

Here is the link to my shop
http://www.shopsweetsprinles.etsy.com
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I use point and shoot. I throw everything in a box and bring it outside with a white piece of paper. I just sit in the driveway and shoot away. I use picnik to edit.
thank you.. I'll have to try it outside with the paper..

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I use a point and shot and a light box with 3 lights (all day lightbulbs). I do my editing in Photoshop Elements. I eventually want to upgrade but for just product shots I am happy.

Here is the link to my shop
http://www.shopsweetsprinkles.etsy.com
Dana I officially envy you..good envy of course.. awesome shop and pics.. I was thinking of getting the elements.. I think I'm now convinced..

I'm having a hard time with the purples and this one is beautiful.. http://www.etsy.com/listing/78632710...ref=v1_other_2

did u buy the box or did you make it? if you don't mind can u show me one of your before and afters please..I'd really appreciated..

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Old 08-06-2011, 01:22
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thank you.. I'll have to try it outside with the paper..



Dana I officially envy you..good envy of course.. awesome shop and pics.. I was thinking of getting the elements.. I think I'm now convinced..

I'm having a hard time with the purples and this one is beautiful.. http://www.etsy.com/listing/78632710...ref=v1_other_2

did u buy the box or did you make it? if you don't mind can u show me one of your before and afters please..I'd really appreciated..

thanks
Awww thank you! I am so proud of my lil shop right now, I recently changed business names and dropped my dead beat partner (sil) and things are going better than I expected.

I made my light box from the tutorial that is in the picture section on here. I just took the biggest square box I had (sometimes I wish it was bigger) and put tissue paper on it. At first I had a hard time with the paper ripping when I would move the box, I am considering using some type of muslin fabric but I dunno.

Purples are REALLY hard to get right, I can't adjust the white balance on my camera, they just have the different predetermined settings. I have a Kodak Easy Share 10 megapixel camera that I paid $100 for like 3 years ago.

Some pictures I have to tweak and edit a little bit more than others, I hate taking pictures of white items because I usually have a white background and its hard to make it stand out.

Anyways, sorry about the rambling, I'm at work but would love to share some before's and after's when I can get to them on my regular computer.

I believe you can download a 30 day trail of Photoshop Elements so you can get a feel for it. I got a special and only paid $80, not too bad, I still want to upgrade to CS5 but I don't have that much money to shell out.
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question do you do indoor or outdoor natural light? ty
I use in door light. I have a couple of rooms in my home that get good light and so I open the windows, make certain that I don't have direct sunlight and shoot away.

Here's a tip that is very helpful I found while editing: instead of adjusting your brightness/ contrast, adjust your "curves" (located under the "color" section of Gimp). Made a HUGE difference for me, hope it helps you as well!
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Awww thank you! I am so proud of my lil shop right now, I recently changed business names and dropped my dead beat partner (sil) and things are going better than I expected.

I made my light box from the tutorial that is in the picture section on here. I just took the biggest square box I had (sometimes I wish it was bigger) and put tissue paper on it. At first I had a hard time with the paper ripping when I would move the box, I am considering using some type of muslin fabric but I dunno.

Purples are REALLY hard to get right, I can't adjust the white balance on my camera, they just have the different predetermined settings. I have a Kodak Easy Share 10 megapixel camera that I paid $100 for like 3 years ago.

Some pictures I have to tweak and edit a little bit more than others, I hate taking pictures of white items because I usually have a white background and its hard to make it stand out.

Anyways, sorry about the rambling, I'm at work but would love to share some before's and after's when I can get to them on my regular computer.

I believe you can download a 30 day trail of Photoshop Elements so you can get a feel for it. I got a special and only paid $80, not too bad, I still want to upgrade to CS5 but I don't have that much money to shell out.
thank you Dana.. I heard about your partner.. I wanted my sister to partner with me... I just needed her money I was going to do all the work but she said no so I'm slowly building my stash of supplies.. I like flying solo though.. I do what I want when I want..lol.. I'm gonna check out Elements and see if it's "Karyna" friendly..lol.. yes please when u get a chance I'd love to see a before n after.. I have a few more flowers to make for my bil's mom but when I'm done with it I'll take a pic, edit it n show you to see how it looks., I think some of my pics are way to over edited and some need editing but that could just be me looking at it like that..lol...

I made my own lightbox out of the same thread too, I think I need 1 more light I only have 2.. you know that means? a trip to my fav store.. Home depot..lol.. u know I was looking at a diy photography site and they have one made out fabric and pvc I think I'll be doing that.. thanks again

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I use in door light. I have a couple of rooms in my home that get good light and so I open the windows, make certain that I don't have direct sunlight and shoot away.

Here's a tip that is very helpful I found while editing: instead of adjusting your brightness/ contrast, adjust your "curves" (located under the "color" section of Gimp). Made a HUGE difference for me, hope it helps you as well!
I have a huge window in my living room that gets really good light I never though about taking advantage of it dummy me..lol.. I'll have to try that. I just started looking at the gimp tutorials on yt but I think I know what you're talking about. I ask Dana to show me a before and after shot using elements can you share one using gimp please.. I appreciate all the help I can get .. I can do one with elements and one with gimp well 1st I gotta download elements (trial) and then I'll be to do both of them..lol..thanks for your help Jen!
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I had a P&S and then upgraded to a Cannon Rebel, sometimes you can tweak in PS and it still won't look right, that's what I used to do, but if you take a really good photo there is less editing to do and one saves time. I also had a light box, I found a good tut online and made one, but after upgrading my camera I no longer need it, or the light tent which I think I'm going to destash. I do have photography lights but that's for indoor shots. Like the two attached to this message.

This image was taken with my Cannon Rebel here
and this one too and I really didn't have to edit, just crop, which saves me time adjusting levels etc...

Plus I love my camera for family & outdoor photos. I'm actually getting a macro lens this weekend, because for some of my products I need a better depth of field and really want to get in close. If you can afford to upgrade do it, good quality images sell your products faster.
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