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Recently I had the pleasure of filming a class for F&W media for their Craft U, online courses. Let me tell you, those folks are great to work with! I had a ball filming and think you'll love this course.
I was asked to present a class based on using cell phone and tablet cameras to photograph handmade works. We wanted to focus on makers and crafters who specialize in crochet, knitting, weaving, and beading... but anyone who uses a cell phone or wants to take great photos with that magical device in their pocket will get a lot of GREAT information to use.
Here's a little bit about my class and who should take it…
It’s time to pull out your phone… Your smartphone camera is the ideal tool for taking that perfect shot of your handiwork; compact, powerful, and almost always found in your front pocket. It’s capable of capturing any special moment. You only need to learn to harness its full potential.
In my course you will learn the basics of how Smartphone cameras work, find the right light for photographing any handmade project, create a professional environment for taking your photos, explore a few downloadable apps to assist you in your quest for the perfect photo, and I’ll give you one sure-fire tip that is certain to take your photos from drab to FAB.
I’ve spent the past 10 years learning how to take breathtaking photographs of handmade items on any camera. Come and learn the simple techniques you can use to get professional quality photos of your handmade projects with your Smartphone.
The class runs from March 15th – May 9th 2016, and covers topics such as:
- Intro to Smartphone Use
- Get to Know Your Smartphone Camera
- How to Manage Light & Other Useful Tools
- Composition, Creativity, & Personal Style
- Lightboxes, Swoops, & Backgrounds
- Editing Your Photos
- File Types, Sizing, Compression, & Storage
- Final Thoughts from a Professional Photographer
To make learning simple and because we know you're going to want to practice each technique before going on to the next, only one segment will be released weekly. You'll never feel pressured to sit down and try to absorb everything one evening. You can register anytime during these weeks but I recommend you register now to take full advantage of the time available to re-watch previous lessons. Here's an added bonus... I'll be monitoring the forum/gallery, answering your questions and giving feedback to all your posted projects.
- Makers who want to show off their work through professional looking photography without breaking the bank.
- Independent professional designers who need to take great photos of their work for websites and online sales.
- Artists who are unhappy with paying big fees for so-so photos that don't show their work in the best light possible.
- Anyone with a cell phone or tablet camera who wants to take professional looking photos at home but is afraid of the cost, space, and time commitment.
Come see Shibaguyz LIVE classes at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
and Creative Arts Festival
March 4-6, 2016
We're going to be sharing the skillz with you folks in Pittsburgh and we are very excited about our line up of classes. We're covering everything from specialty crochet stitches like crochet cables to design classes for crochet and knit garments. And Jason is going to be teaching his best selling class on photographing your handmade projects. If you sell your products online, submit your handmade items for juried festivals or competitions, or if you are a maker who just wants to show your handiwork in a better light, you won't want this opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason (assisted by Shannon).
Head on over to our post by clicking the link below to find out more info about our classes and how to register today!
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show
Classes with The Shibaguyz
March 4-6, 2016
Our schedule at this year's festival include classes for crochet cable techniques, design classes for crocheters and knitters, garment making class for crochet and knitting, and our photography class that will encompass ALL of your projects from crochet & knitting, to quilting, painting, and spinning.
In addition, we've partnered up with the FAB folks at Furls Crochet Hooks and they will be sponsoring a joint Furls and Shibaguyz Designz booth. You're not going to want to miss THAT team up! If you haven't check out our friends at Furls Crochet Hooks, just click HERE and treat yourself… you deserve it.
Registration is LIVE as of Monday, November 30, 2016 so don't wait! Check out our list of class offerings below then click on the class and you will be taken to the festival website for that class. Once you are there, you can read a description of the class then click on the REGISTER NOW button at the bottom of the page to register electronically.
Classes fill up quickly so get your schedule together and register today! We can't wait to see y'all in Pittsburgh and share the skillz!
Friday, March 4, 2016 Classes
Saturday, March 5, 2016 Classes
Sunday, March 6, 2016 Class
Photographing in Natural Window Light For Great Shots
- a guest post by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, owner of Shibaguyz Photography
Shannon's been busy doing designer stuff and asked me to come up with a post that you would find enlightening. So I took that suggestion to heart and decided upon taking a look at... light.
Very specifically, the light coming in your windows.
Natural light has made a comeback, not only for amateurs but for pros as well. I love it. It’s warm, it’s easy to manipulate, and it’s free! Natural light is the new look for portraits of newborns to seniors, and it’s popping up more and more in fashion photography. With minimal equipment anyone with a basic camera (even a camera phone) can take exceptional indoor images utilizing nothing more than a window. So, how do you nail it?
The key to great fiber photography with window light is as simple as using your eyes. Look at what’s in front of you, decide if you like it. If not adjust it to suit your taste. It’s that easy! Let's do it.
The direction of it does not matter. Many photographers insist on having a northern or eastern exposure, but I find any direction will work. The trick is you have to wait for the moment when the light is right. You should have bright light without direct light hitting your subject. For my living room shots, this generally happens between 11:00am and 3:00pm. Because I live in Seattle where we have a lot of cloudy days, my shooting schedule can be augmented depending on if the clouds keep the sun in check.
One important note… I recommend you turn off all interior lights if possible. They may cause a color balance shift making your garment’s color look off.
It should be obvious, but I’ll say it nonetheless, you can’t move the window, so you’ll need to move your subject to control where the light hits. Positioning your subject directly in front of the window will give you’ll get flat, even light with little shadow, but you can run into problems if the shadow from you or your camera falls on the subject, and sometimes because the light is flat you lose texture. A better option is to position your subject so that the window is just to one side of it on an angle. This is called Side Lighting
What did you see? The massive majority of images show side lighting. It's flattering to almost every subject. This kind of side lighting set-up will help accentuate any soft lighting streaming across the fabric of your subject which is perfect for enhancing the texture in crochet and knit items. Side lighting is also ideal if you decide to use any kind of a light modifier like bounces and diffusers. Bounces are positioned on the opposite side of the light source, (i.e. further inside the room) bouncing light back to the shadowed side of your subject. They help lighten any strong shadows, acting like a miniature light source.
You don’t need to go broke buying professional bounces to get the “perfect shot”. You can easily get impressive results with a few of sheets of basic card stock, aka "poster board" (available from an office supply store or any store with a craft section). I always carry one plain white piece and another covered in aluminum foil for bouncing light where I want more. Occasionally I’ll use a black piece for intensifying shadows. That’s it… just pieces of thick paper.
Moving your subject closer to or further away from the window is going to change the “contrast” in the lighting. Contrast is the difference between the dark and light portions of your photo. Being closer to the window increases contrast, thus increasing the difference between the lit side and the shadow side of the subject. Moving it away is going to reduce the effect. Be careful here. If you move too far away there is a chance your subject will look dull and flat. The sweet spot is usually a couple feet away depending on how bright it is outside.
NOTE: Pay attention to the sun. Just because we’re inside doesn’t mean we can ignore it. Remember as the sun moves the positive effects of window light will go down the tubes if harsh sunlight starts pouring in. You want light, but not at a direct angle. If the sun is raging in you’re going to have over-exposed highlights and hard ugly shadows on your subject. It’s easy to see when that occurs. If that happens, you have three options:
1. Place a soft curtain or otherwise gauzy piece of fabric over the window to lessen the effect of the hard light (this is called diffusing). Diffusers are placed between the light and the subject to help scatter harsh direct light into softer light with reduced shadows. Think of how sheer curtains in a window soften hard light scattering it.
2. Wait for the hard light to move out of the window.
3. Go to another window that faces another direction. The sun can’t be on all four sides of the house at once!
Focus on your subject and adjust the exposure and focus on the garment. Placing yourself so the window is in your photo will sometimes over-expose that part of the photo, which is a justifiable style choice. I recommend you move around taking your photo from different placements. If you don’t like the composition, move yourself again or move your subject until it looks perfect. Be sure to check your photos in your camera and on a computer before you break down your set.
Want to see more of Jason's work? Check out his website at ShibaguyzPhotography.com.
Want more training with Jason? You got it! He has two webinars available online from F&W Media and the Interweave Store. Together these two webinars are a FAB starter pack for anyone wanting to take better photos of their projects… or just better photos in general! Here are the links:
How to Create a DIY Photo Studio: Get Professional Results at Home!
Photographing Your Projects Like a Pro
All the details about the classes are at the links.
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3 Easy Tips For Taking Better Photos - a guest post by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, owner of Shibaguyz Photography
It is no secret that fiber folks and, indeed, folks who make handmade items in general, like to take photos of our handy work. In fact, if you have a handmade business, it is a VITAL part of that business to be able to take FAB photos of our work in order to present that work in a way that will appeal to your clients. If your product photos aren't good, it doesn't matter how gorgeous your pottery, yarn, or garment designs are. People just aren't going to see that beauty and craftsmanship shine through.
To that end, today we're placing a different spin on our Technique Tuesday Tutorials and we're going to focus (see what I did there? Focus. Photography. *ahem* moving on…) on another aspect of the Shibaguyz. Specifically, Jason, the other half of the Shibaguyz is going to put on his Shibaguyz Photography hat and give us his 3 Tips for Taking Better Photos.
Take it away, Jason!
As a professional photographer I get asked questions… lots of questions. People ask me about my camera, my lens, and my equipment. Conversations sound something like this:
“So, I’ve been thinking of upgrading to a new body. What one do you like?”
“Do you like prime lenses?”
“Is that a ‘nifty-fifty’ you have on there?”
“I once read that Cannon’s are better than Nikon for shooting Mountain Sasquatch in their natural habitat…”
While all of these questions have merit, the answers will not necessarily make anyone a great photographer. Buying an expensive camera with big fancy lenses will not allow you to take professional quality photos any more than buying a professional-grade Viking gas range and new All-Clad Stainless Steel pans will let you cook like a five-star chef. It just doesn't work that way.
However, there are tricks to make your photos (regardless of what camera you use) look more professional.
LIVE Web Seminar: Photographing Your Projects Like A Pro
Tips and tricks for taking professional quality photos of handcrafted items
This webinar is presented by F&W Media, the folks who bring us publications like Interweave Crochet, Beadwork, Interweave Knits, Quilting Arts, Spin-Off, and so MANY more!
These webinars are the perfect solution for those of you who want to take classes with us but just can't get to where we are teaching. Now you can just turn on your computer and interact with us live and in person from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you can stream content on your devices. WOOHOO!!
Here's the details:
Live Web Seminar Date: February 25, 2014
Start Time: 1 pm EST
Length: 60 Minutes
Yup… that's an hour of instruction with a professional photographer for under $20. AND you get an archived version of the class to watch over and over again!
Can't make the live event? No worries! The archived seminar will be available to all who register and will include any class materials given during the live event as well as ALL questions asked during and AFTER the class. That's right… no question goes unanswered!
So… jump on over to the Interweave site via the link below. There are more details about exactly what Jason will be covering in class and you can get registered TODAY!
Tips and tricks for taking professional quality photos of handcrafted items
Oh yeah… if you want to see more of Jason's work, hop on over to ShibaguyzPhotography.com and check out all of his work in fiber, fashion, and portrait photography.
See you in the virtual classroom!
There's a lot of good things happening at Shibaguyz Designz and we're looking for folks to partner with to build our community and share in the fun!
There's a LOT going on at Shibaguyz Designz and we are looking for good folks to partner up with for book tours, product reviews, events, promotions, and general FAB happenings. We love the community we have become a part of over the past five years and we can't think of better people to work with to get the word out.
Right now we are working on events for the release of our NEW book, Designer Crochet, coming out in April from Sterling Publishing. WOOHOO!!
For our book release, we're going to be looking for book reviewers (bloggers, podcasters, makers… that's YOU!) and folks to work on a FAB sponsored giveaway we are doing around the pre-release of the book. We are also setting up workshops based on Designer Crochet, as well as book signings, and trunk shows.
Want to review one of our online classes or webinars? We have those opportunities as well related to our Craftsy and Interweave classes.
We also have a few events where we are conducting workshops that offer some unique sponsorship opportunities and we would love to chat with your company about getting involved.
Have some ideas we haven't thought of before? We LOVE creative thinkers! Don't be shy about creative ideas for promotions and events.
So… wanna come along for the fun? We'd love to have you with us!
Just go to the Contact Us form and let us know how we can get in touch with you. We'll be planning and scheming the fun times right away!
Looking forward to a FAB 2015 (and beyond!) working with you all!
Live Web Seminar: The DIY Photography Studio
How To Create A DIY Photo Studio
- Get Professional Results At Home.
This webinar is presented by F&W Media, the folks who bring us publications like Interweave Crochet, Beadwork, Interweave Knits, Quilting Arts, Spin-Off, and MANY more!
We hear from so many of you who want to take classes with us but just can't get to where we are teaching. This is the PERFECT solution! Now you can just turn on your computer and interact with us live and in person from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you can stream content on your devices. WOOHOO!!
This LIVE event is on January 21, 2015 and begins at 1pm PST. Can't make the live event? No worries! The archived seminar will be available to all who register and will include any class materials given during the live event as well as ALL questions asked during and AFTER the class. That's right… no question goes unanswered!
How To Create A DIY Photo Studio - Get Professional Results At Home. Live web seminar with Shibaguyz Photography.
See you in the virtual classroom!!
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