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How to photograph white objects on a white background – what I did while I was not posting here

Man I’ve been busy… First and foremost, I’ve been building my new website. It will allow direct checkout and I am pretty excited about it. Next, probably due to my OCD, I have been constantly unsatisfied with pictures in my store. Now, looks like a trivial problem but I probably tried a dozen different backgrounds on approximately 90 items each and then cropped and sharpened to see the final result and I was never satisfied. At that point, is was a matter of principle. I needed to get those pictures right.

The problem is the white color of the milk jugs I use in most my creations. Any other color but white adds an ugly shade to my earrings, but white on white background… forget about it! I almost gave up trying to reach such seemingly impossible goal, when I finally found this video, describing the process step by step. Here’s my first two shots after watching the video. Not bad at all, I think.

I got all pumped up and tried the same technique on  a pair of earrings, and here’s the result. I mean, not bad, but the same tips are clearly not working as well with my plain white earrings. These pictures clearly needed some texture and some depth.

With my newly acquired photography skills I put together a similar setting in my windowsill, which is white and textured, due to the several layers of old paint that nobody bothered to remove before painting the windows again. The idea is to use lights and shadows to highlight textures and convey as much detail as possible, That way, even without color or luminance differences, your item will emerge from the background. The light coming out of that windows has always been good. Then  I added three white paper sheets, 2 on the sides and one in front of the camera, just like the video described. The light will bounce back from the window and bring your white objects to light. Pretty easy and fairly inexpensive. If you do not have a tripod (which I did not have until my husband brought me this one for my birthday a month ago), you can either build one out of a tennis ball or buy a cheaper one, but make sure you have one.

Here’s the picture I’ve been waiting for this entire time. Elegant, sharp, but interesting at the same time. I took me a while, but I think it was worth it. Now I have a bunch of new pictures in my shop and a much more consistent look across pictures, overall. I hope you agree with me that my efforts were worth it! Now, back to my window to shoot the remaining handful of earrings.

Make sure to stop by my shop to check out the other pictures and all my new items.

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SUMMER CLEANING CLEARANCE SALE – RECYCLED JEWELRY

Sure, you are probably thinking: “Summer cleaning dude!? you are like… a season late.” Well, I would have had a jewelry spring sale if I had the time, but between the end of the semester and several craft shows, I barely had the time to shower this past couple of months~

Don’t think that this late spring cleaning idea is only limited to my jewelry. In fact, I have a 4 feet tall pile of clothes to donate that I just pulled out of my closet yesterday, I cleaned the house (including underneath the furniture – yes I don’t do that often, deal with it!) and organized my jewelry making tools.

That is good for me, but the sale is good for you! you can now have those funky shampoo bottle earrings that you saw in December and those other pair of dangle earrings with the super geek shampoo ingredients printed on. While waiting for Twice brand new website to be on and allow direct check out, visit my Etsy store and grab a pair of eco-chic, upcycled, ethical pair of earrings. You deserve them, after all, it is the end of the semester for everybody!

Enjoy!

Stefania

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of these are just too beautiful to let go.

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Pandawear Treasury

Earth Day 24-hours Sale – April 22 – 20% OFF EVERYTHING

Support  environmentally-conscious businesses on Earth Day 2012 and save 20% on Twice collection. FOLLOW ME on Twitter to receive the 20%OFF CUPON CODE.

In addition, for the entire month of April Twice will be donating 5% of each sale to http://www.earthday.org/2012.

On its 42nd anniversary, Earth Day celebrations are far from being dead. Earth Day has brought the attention of  bloggers, businesses and media to one of the hottest contemporary issues: the future of planet earth threatened by global warming.

You can support an environmentally-conscious businesses directly and indirectly support Earth Day as well, by buying a sustainable, upcycled accessory. Because remember: diamonds last forever, and so does plastic.

Happy Earth Day, my friends!

~Stefania

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White – romantic or abstract

My work was featured in a beautiful collection, which deserves a little more exposure in my blog. Thanks for this lovely surprise BusyBusyResi.

New section in Twice blog

I am happy to announce that there is already the need for a new section in my blog: Featured. I will include here all the websites that feature or have featured Twice. Enjoy!

 

– Stefania

It’s mother’s day in Costa Rica

Find the perfect gift for your mom, with my first ever Etsy treasury dedicated to moms. Because you probably don’t know but today is mother’s day, at least in Costa Rica and in Antwerpen, a small city in Belgium. Surprise your mother with an unexpected, hand-made, beautiful and eco-friendly gift.

Visit Twice on Etsy to find even more.

It's mother day in Costa Rica by Twice

Photo credit: CraftCult.

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