Friday, November 2, 2012

Tool to make your PHOTOS LOOK LIKE A PRO!

 I wish someone would have shared this all with me a year ago. I kind of learned it from the ground up. No seriously I used to lie down on my belly on the grass to capture most of my photographs.
I would take anywhere from 100-300 shots..no kidding, before I capture what I thought was a perfect photo... WELLLLLL today I take 2 and settle for the best of both...( both are usually pretty good)

Now what changed? I learned about TOOLS. Ok, clearly I am no professional photographer but I have something that makes me look like one... And I would like to share that with you...

INGREDIENTS to LOOKING like a PRO! 

1. I have 1 piece of barnwood cut into 3 pieces and braced with a piece of wood on the back to keep
it together. (* call your local farmers...that is how I got my first piece)

2. I have 5 in 1 REFLECTOR ( here is a variety that are reasonably priced on EBAY)
Reflectors 4 in 1 or 5 in 1

3. I have 2 digital cameras...one- a sony cyber shot...( pretty good too) and Canon Rebel      

4. YOU NEED LIGHT, even a back door, ( some natural light)  ---     avoid using flash at all times...                
                           


For this shot I leaned my backdrop of wood on my back door..
south east exposure, it was a dark day, grey in fact...lots of clouds...
but there was enough light for these shots...all taken
within 15 minutes...

See how the black reflector makes the wood look darker....
I was 2 feet away from my birds project, I pinned it with 2 pins.
lit the candle...no flash and took this photo...
I leaned my disk ( reflector)  against a chair and braced it with my shoe..or rather slipper lol 

When I downloaded my pics, I just added a black frame around it...
and yes I have this thing for mist and birds..those were photoshopped in...
But you can see it was not necessary...the photo is well lit...








For this shot, I chose the silver side.... REFLECTOR ( it is one disk with one cover that has silver and black one side, silver and white on the other) it just zips all around the frame which is also white... ( mine is 50 inches in diameter)


Again my backdrop of wood is just leaning against my back door and I turned my reflector around to reveal the silver side...

It is very subtle but my crow as a silver shimmer to it....  1 shot is all I took on this one







Now this one, I chose the white reflector...you can see how the light bounces off it 
and makes the spider block brighter? 










For my shy Witch, I chose this gold reflector....again very small differences compared
to the black but makes an impact just the same

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Experiment....you will find you will prefer white or black 
for most shots....
Had the sun been shining I would have chosen the white to create
some shadows..but for this collection I wanted it to be 
wicked lol 





 You want your reflector positioned towards any light source...natural light will give the nicest shots...Down the road, I will show you how to use these outside .....Always remember to take your photos early in the morning with the sun on your back or at sunset .....YOU can bounce sunlight off these reflectors to create some really
nice shots... For now...try this....

You don't need a lot of space...I used less 3 feet square to capture these shots...



 Terri, sent me this about 
Common Reflector types and uses:



Gold has a sunset effect and warms the scene, gives healthy-looking skin tones.

Soft Gold mixes silver and gold in a zig-zag pattern. Warm, summery feel. Great with skin tones.

White brightens the reflected light - neutral color effect.

Silver increases highlights and yields a high-contrast image - creates neutral tones but brighter than white. Silver and white reflectors can achieve nearly the same colour hue as daylight. can achieve nearly the same colour hue as daylight.

Black works in reverse to absorb light rather than reflect it. Negative fill is used to absorb any ambient light or spill .i.e. to reduce harsh sun rays outdoors.
Black (or white) reflectors can also be used as quick impromptu backdrops on location for head and shoulders shots or for product photography close up shots.



I hope this will help you...If you need anything, just ask...

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here is another coin purse I created..
this one was placed on top of post on our deck....white reflector...

  YOU can purchase this coin purse
pattern here!
40 photos





45 comments:

  1. brilliant ... definitely worthy of a professional and thank you for sharing insights into how you get your beautiful shots :)

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    1. No pro here but I do try ....lol sew can you

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  2. Thank you for the great info. I've ordered mine at ebay/usa. It was very reasonable and free shipping to boot.

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    1. HI Marjory...they are reasonable and don't take up any space when folded..

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  3. Sam are the different colors made of a particular fabric? I'm wondering is this is a project where you can make your own? blessings, marlene

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    1. Cheaper to purchase them..each one is made from diff't fabrics...and then you have to think about what kind of flexible ring you would adhere it too...

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  4. Thank you for this information. I always have to fight to get close to decent photos for my website! I am off to Ebay to find the reflectors!

    Is that coin purse for Alexandra? I noticed yesterday that she and I belong to the same crazy quilting group! :)

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    1. Ohhh T, you will find this amazing for all of your close ups...the Alexandra is in Costa Rico...

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  5. Thanks Samm for all the photographic tips! You always have great photo shoots!

    Wow! These coin purses are adorable. Love the paper pieced apple!

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    1. HI Dawn...well not sure how much help you need..yours are always fabulous

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  6. Samm, thank you!! I had NO clue! LOL I cannot get good pictures to save my life, and it drives me crazy! These were amazing tips, and have gotten me thinking in a different direction (instead of thinking I need a new camera) so thank youuuu!!! xoxo

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    1. HI Brenis....I know....few ever share what makes great photos..but will all of us blog hops...sometimes it is the photo that brings it to the top...

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  7. Thank you for the great tips! My son is a professional photographer and has told me I need reflectors, but I still haven't bought any. I guess I need to do that! (Does this mean I am resistant to instruction or something?)It was great when he lived nearby, but now he is halfway across the country from me!
    Sunlight is something we have plenty of here in south Texas. I've never seen a black reflector. I'll bet that would come in really come in handy here when the sun is TOO bright!)
    Your photos are always beautiful!

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    1. My son too...and he used to tell me all the time what I needed it took me awhile but now...no regrets...I have learned so much this past year...

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  8. Oh Madame Samm, thank you! I am going to take my time and read this through several times. I am getting tired of running through the house taking pictures of a quilt or a block in every room and still trying to find one picture that works! I found it very helpful when you explained how each picture was taken and then to see the differences that can be achieved is a bonus. Word for the day...reflector! PS...Alexandra coin purse is too cute!

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    1. HI Lesley for a small investment...your photos will be priceless...I wish I had known all this last year...can I tell you I wasted hundreds of hours over a few dollars...geeeeshhhh lol yes good word for the day REFLECTOR....lol

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    2. Lesley, I do the same thing, I am so glad I am not the only one, lol.

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  9. This is such great info--thank you!

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  10. Great post! I really want to learn to take better photos. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Theresa...I expect big things out of you now lol

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  11. I definitely invest in a reflector and try out your suggestions. Thank you so much!

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    1. Ohh Sue...you will certainly get results...

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  12. Thank you. Fabulous! I want to be a pro just like you! Your pics are gorgeous, always.

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    1. Ohhh you silly you don't need any help...your pics are always outstanding

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  13. so, the reflector is at the side and then you crop it out when you finish editing your picture?

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  14. Thanks, Madamme Samm...Placed my order. Thankfully, I don't have to grab the hubby (you know...he has to carry all of the stuff) and head to the yard to get a few quick photos before the sun goes down...now I will grab him to hold the reflector!!! LOL He is goooinnnggg to loooove that! LOL Thanks again!

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    1. I think as much as my DH loves to be on that critical time for photo shoots..most the time I just sandwich them between shoes and stools...

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  15. Aaaah, that's really great, might have to get a set of these :). I've heard of using white boxes but these are way more versatile! Thank you :)

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    1. HI Trudi....white boxes work for say jewellery, small projects...great when you want to add stuff to it such as backgrounds...these work great in and outdoors..you only need natural light and not necessarily sun....

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  16. Madame Samm, Alexandra is a beautiful little coin purse, I hope you don't mind I borrowed her image for my blog post about the hop. Let me know and I can remove it. Thanks.

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  17. Thank you, thank you. This was really great information. I'm going to get me a reflector PDQ. And the coin purse is really fabulous!

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    1. YOu are welcome Michele....I sew appreciate that note...

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  18. Thanks Madame Samm! I've ordered a set and hope they will help me too. I have a photo box for small projects, like jewelry, but not for anything larger. Maybe there is hope for me yet! :)

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    1. ohhh it will I will do up another for outside very soon...you will find you will rarely have to fix a photo for colour, brightness and contrast..they will come out perfectly

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  19. Okay. Your paper-pieced apple coin purse is adorable. Stinkin' adorable.

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    1. well thank you Tracy....my best to you ..see you again

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  20. I'll have to keep that reflector in mind when I want to take pictures. My daughter took several photo classes in college and she could advise me. But those reflectors look like the 'sun shade" I use in my car! LOL! One side is silver and the other is black. Gee, I wonder if that would work-will have to try it! Thanks for the all your great tips and your organization for these blogs. They are so much fun to follow.
    Rosemary

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  21. you did such a great job explaining what each reflector does - to say nothing of all those photos that clearly show the differences! Thank you for this.

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  22. you did such a great job explaining what each reflector does - to say nothing of all those photos that clearly show the differences! Thank you for this.

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  23. This just remionds me i really NEED to get some of these reflectors! Thanks for sharing the link to ebay....they are SO darn expensive locally.....
    Christine
    ChrisW Designs

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