Monday, October 17, 2011

Modahaus Giveaway - More Jewelry Photography Tips using Natural Light

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My jewelry photographs are steadily  improving in quality due to the Modahaus Table Top Photo Studio set up I bought and the immeasurably helpful tips I received from Lex McColl, the professional photographer who created it.


I previously shared my experiences and photographs in this post, Natural Light Photography with the Modahaus. Lex has since written more follow-up tutorials exclusively for this blog.

His first tutorial below recaps some of the points from before for the benefit of new readers but also includes great additional tips. I've also included some of my pictures following his instructions. If I can do it, so can you!

Be sure to check out next week's tutorial which is on natural light photography using white backgrounds to get really professional pictures. Lex thought it best that we cover the natural light aspect before moving on to using lights which is a whole new ballgame!

Now for even better news! Lex is sponsoring another fantastic giveaway - TWO Modahaus Studio 216! So check out how to enter at the end of this post.


JEWELRY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS USING NATURAL LIGHT
by Lex McColl

INTRO
As a professional product photographer specializing in jewelry and watches and a product designer to boot, it naturally followed that I progressed to designing my own portable photo studio range, Modahaus, to meet my needs and am delighted to have this opportunity to share my tips and techniques with Pearl’s readers.

One of the popular misconceptions in jewelry and other product photography is you need lots of light for a good result. Not so. What is important however is controlling the light you have and here we’ll learn a few easy techniques to control daylight using the Modahaus Tabletop Studio range.

Let’s see if I can help some of you talented artisans show your creations in the best light.

I’ve shot all the photos in this exercise using a typical compact digital camera (Canon Powershot SX 220) but many of the pointers I give apply if you are shooting with a DSLR or a Smart phone Camera. Pearl uses a Lumix.

LOCATION AND LIGHTING
Firstly, you want to locate your tabletop studio near to your daylight source - a window or door. Don’t worry if the weather is overcast or dull. In fact my favourite weather for product photography is consistent bright overcast skies.

Turn off any artificial light sources in the room. Mixing light sources is a no no.

Modahaus 216 with Light Tunnel in place

CAMERA SUPPORT
You’ll need a support for your camera as this helps avoid the shakes and also helps you fine tune composition. A mini tripod is all you need for a compact camera and ideally one that has variable height.

TIP – You can adjust the height of your tripod by placing it on a book. Similarly, you can adjust the height of the compact Modahaus Desktop Studio 216 by placing it on a large book, box or directory.

SIMPLE SHOOT ON COLORED BACKGROUND

You’ve heard the term ‘point and shoot’. Well, our first technique is what I call ‘Plonk and Shoot’.

Here we are using the Modahaus Desktop Studio 216 with the opaque white backdrop plus the red and blue backdrop on top. Translucent white backdrop forming the ‘light tunnel’. Plonk your jewelry piece on the blue backdrop, camera on support, camera set to Program (P) or Auto (A), shutter release set to 2 sec delay (to avoid shakes), compose, press shutter half way ensuring focus locks, and shoot.

You’ll most likely have a shot looking something like this :


If your image is blurred, you likely didn’t have the focus lock on to subject so move camera back from piece and zoom in to compose piece in frame and check focus is locking on.

If your image is grainy, set your ISO to the smallest number – typically 80, 100 or 200 max. Don’t use Auto ISO.

So let’s evaluate this image. Exposure is quite good, maybe a wee bit dark but we’re in the zone. I’ll explain why.

Your camera's meter just sees light, not color, and its default settings take an average exposure over the whole frame. In the auto or program mode your camera thinks you are taking a picture of family and friends in a local scenic spot.

We’ve managed to fool the camera by using our smooth colored backdrop. The colored backdrop works for us as we have color contrast between the piece and the backdrop and we also have a level of contrast in light between the piece and the backdrop but as the piece is generally lighter than the backdrop it has come out slightly dark but that is easily sorted.

Before we go any further, it is always a good idea to have a notepad to take notes of the settings you use for each picture as this helps you replicate the results you like later on.


‘Exposure compensation’ may sound a daunting term but it is merely a control that allows you to turn light up or down just like a dimmer light switch. It is one of the most useful controls to familiarize yourself with for any kind of photography.

Here’s the button to press on a Lumix camera and here is how the control might be displayed on screen :


Usually you can increase or decrease light by up to 2 notches (stops or EVs) and typically there are 3 clicks to a notch (sometimes two).

Here we see the same image with the light increased by 2 clicks or 2/3rd of a notch (0.67ev). I’d say exposure is now spot on. The amount of exposure adjustment needed will depend on the light contrast between the background and the piece but as long as we are in the + / - 2 notch zone we can handle it with ease.


CONTROLLING DEPTH OF FIELD ( DEPTH OF FOCUS)
Controlling depth of field (DOF) is very easy and well worth getting the hang of. A deep DOF can enable you to have more of your piece in sharper focus from front to back picking up important details such as a clasp for example.

On the other hand, a shallow DOF can draw the eye to the main feature of a piece such as a large gem on the end of a delicate chain. DOF, shallow or deep, can help set the mood.

DOF is controlled with aperture so select Aperture Priority (Av) on your camera. Aperture is just the size of the round window in the lens letting in light. A large aperture (window) lets in more light and a small Aperture (window) lets in less light.

Just to try and confuse us, a large aperture has a small number and a small aperture has a large number. On a compact camera typically the largest aperture might be 2.8 or 3.1 and the smallest aperture might be 6.3 or 8.0. The largest aperture may vary depending on what factor of zoom you use.

What is important to remember is a larger aperture gives a shallower DOF and a smaller aperture gives a deeper DOF. When using a small aperture, which lets in much less light, your shutter will stay open for longer to gather enough light for the correct exposure  i.e. maybe a second rather than a fraction of a second but that is not a problem when using a tripod.

Here are two images showing shallow DOF and deeper DOF.  Notice that the right picture is clearer  - the parts furthest away from the camera appears sharper.

Shallow DOF vs Deep DOF
Pearl took these photographs of her Marquis Star Swarovski wire wrapped pendant with her Modahaus and Lumix camera set to Aperture Priority.  Notice how much clearer the chain is with the deeper depth of focus?

f3.3 vs f6.3

WHAT DOES THE LIGHT TUNNEL DO?

The light tunnel performs two functions in this instance. It diffuses light coming in thereby giving a more even softer spread of light resulting in softer less pronounced shadows and eliminating harsh contrast and harsh highlights.

For reflective surfaces like silver or gemstones it gives a clean, uncluttered reflection in these surfaces and helps to define the shape and contours of these surfaces. The close proximity of the smooth interior of the light tunnel to the subject is essential to achieve this. Something that light tents and light cubes fail to achieve.

The images below clearly show these differences. I’d say the silver is better with the light tunnel and the stone has more depth without the light tunnel but both images have their merits. If I were shooting this for a commission, I’d combine the two using a technique I call sparkle stacking. I’ll cover that technique in a future post.

Light tunnel vs No Light Tunnel
To recap, we’ve learned how to:
  • Locate our studio for good light
  • Set our ISO manually for fine detail
  • Set 2 sec shutter release to avoid the shakes
  • Lock on focus
  • Plonk and shoot
  • Adjust exposure with exposure compensation
  • Control depth of field by using aperture priority (Av)
  • Use the light tunnel for smooth shadows, even light and smooth reflections.
GIVEAWAY
For your chance to win a Modahaus, all you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower  etc - even more entries if you do it for not just me but Lex's sites too. If you also publicize it, those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

This international giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, October 24, 2011. I will pick two winners randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check! Good luck!

Subscribers : To comment, click on the post title to return to the blog post. At the bottom, click on "Comments". If you do not have a website or online store, use Name/URL - and leave the URL blank.
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160 comments:

  1. I've wanted this since your first post about it. I'd love to win one! I subscribe to your blog and I'm also a fan on facebook.

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  2. Wow, what great tips. I'd love to have this, since I need to redo my pics for my Etsy shop. Thanks for the chance.

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  3. I follow your blog and love your tips/posts/tutorials.

    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  4. I follow you on twitter.
    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  5. I 'like' your page on facebook.
    http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  6. I tweeted about your giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  7. I posted your giveaway on my facebook page.
    http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  8. This could help alot since I'm currently using a make shift photography background/lighting. It would be nice to get uniform looks. I am already a subscriber and I'm following you on facebook.

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  9. Great Tips...and I am really looking forward to know what sparkle stacking is...I guess it would something to do with reflective surfaces that are really hard to shoot

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  10. I follow your blog and like you on facebook

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  11. Oh heavens Pearl, what a fantastic giveaway! I've been in love with this thing since your first post on it. His instructions are clear and concise. Please express our gratitude at his generosity!

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  12. I am a follower and like on FB.

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  13. Good tips - thank you!

    Gods of Randomness, pick me!

    Roxanne

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  14. Thanks for posting all these wonderful photography tips. I can use all the help I can get!

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  15. I am now a follower of Modahaus blog.

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  16. Pearl - Thank you for the useful information. I hope to win and use there set-up! Designer at denisewood.com

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  17. I've been using a studio-in-a-box for my chainmaille jewelry, but this appears to help an amateur make even better shots! What a great product!

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  18. What a great post! I'm always struggling with photos, it is definitely the most difficult part of my jewelry designing business. Thank you so much for all of these great tips and a chance to win the Modahaus 216. I'm a follower of Pearl's blog, facebook page and twitter and I'm now following Lex and Modahaus blog also.

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  19. An excellent article. This is something I have really struggled with, and now I have some great suggestions to try. Thanks...

    Paula McDowell
    firedancestudio@yahoo.com

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  20. I'm now signed up for Lex's blog and liked his facebook page and following his twitter page. What great information in his posts!

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  21. This was so clear. Now I have to get my camera out and try these tips. I would love a light set-up.

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  22. Thanks for this article! It cleared up a few questions for me!

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  23. This post is so informative! I love this blog, and read it every day. I hope I win this great product! Thank you

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  24. Thanks Pearl & Lex for all the info. Very generous of you. I'm just getting used to the computer-haven't gotten a camera yet, 'cause I wouldn't know how to use it. So this is very appreciated.
    I am both a FB fan & a subscriber.
    Thanks!

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  25. Please enter me! Thank you for all the photography tips too!

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  26. Really good mini-tutorial. Even I could understand it!
    Thanks

    (via email)

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  27. Super tips and great article!!! Please enter me in the contest. I posted on the about.com forum, I tweeted, I posted the links on Facebook, I am a follower, I posted Lex's site on FB....what else can I do!! lol I would love to have one of these setups.
    Thanks again Pearl. I look forward each day to you postings.
    Carol
    www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

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  28. Another great tutorial! Thanks.

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  29. Super tips! I'd love to win - thank you for the opportunity!

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  32. Thanks for all the tips! I've bookmarked this post, and I'm also going to pass it along to Mr. Sequin, my lovely photographer. :)

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  33. Fantastic information! I have tried to recreate it at home with "what I have in the house" but it is just not the same! Thanks for the very, very useful info!! I also follow on RSS, Facebook, Twitter...etc. LOL

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  34. Wow... What an amazing tutorial. I have had my eyes on these since ur earlier post. Would definitely love to win one :) I subscribe to ur post thro' mail and also follow ur blog thro' facebook. Please please please pick me..... :)

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  35. I was just contemplating purchasing one last night! I'll hold off until the results are announced.

    I have been a subscriber to your blog for months, just liked your Facebook page, and promoted this giveaway on both of my Facebook pages.

    Winning one would make my day!

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  36. What great tips! I can't wait to try this for myself (even if it's a "make-shift Modahaus). I'm already a follower on my blog and can't wait to see what other tips you have for us to get the best out of our crafts/work!

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  37. p.s., also went over to FB and "liked" your page and made a comment on mine about this contest :)

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  38. I posted the giveaway on my personal facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/TheBeadingGem?ref=ts&sk=app_112078882147346#!/profile.php?id=1425548499

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  39. Posted the giveaway on my business facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/TheBeadingGem?ref=ts&sk=app_112078882147346#!/pages/Pine-Ridge-Treasures/205451472805925

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  40. Wow - another giveaway - totally awesome! Thanks for the tips, they are so helpful!

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  41. I just started following you on Facebook.

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  42. Posted the giveaway on my blog:
    http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/2011/10/modahaus-giveaway-at-beading-gem.html

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  43. I have posted your giveaway on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/EB-Bead-and-Metal-Works-LLC/134056376618929)
    Thanks again for this opportunity!

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  44. Agreed that this is a fabulous post, with lots of tips. I'd love to win, and I'm off to check out your page on Facebook right now! :-)

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  45. I've been hoping for another chance to win one of these!
    So I not only already follow your blog, facebook page, and twitter, I blogged about this twice (Artfire blog and blogger blog), mentioned it on Facebook and Twitter, and managed to tag both you and Modahaus in all four posts!
    http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/SilverDreamsDesign
    http://silverdreamsdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/modahaus-giveaway-more-jewelry.html
    http://www.facebook.com/silver.dreams.design
    http://twitter.com/silver_dreams

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  46. I have had this on my wish list since your first post about it! Thank you for the chance to win one!

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win, I follow your blog and Facebook, as well as Twitter!

    becky@kenlein.com

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  48. This is tremendously helpful, thank you so much. I simply can not take decent shots of my jewelery, so I thank you for the great tips, can't wait to try them. I would love to win this kit, so please enter me as I have been a follower for a while.

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  49. Terrific info, as always! I've struggled/experimented continually (light sources & boxes, fabrics & papers, stands & hangers, etc.) and do get some great shots, but NOT consistently, which is SO frustrating!

    I honestly believe photography to be one of my biggest time-hogs (and space-hogs) — to have that resolved with CONSISTENT, RELIABLE, COMPACT set-ups that result in good photos would be a dream come true!

    Of course, I want to win a Modahaus — thanks SO much for this info AND the giveaway!

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  50. And thanks for the extra entry as a blog subscriber!

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  51. and thanks for the 2nd entry - enjoy your blog

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  52. How exciting. I don't tend to get to excited about photography information, systems or tips but the Modahaus system sounded pretty interesting last time you featured it. I work with dichroic glass which is extremely challenging to photograph. I've been following your blog for quite a while now and am now following you on twitter as well. I've shared this on FB, Twitter & Plurk. I plan to share it in my blog post tomorrow as well!

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  53. I already have the iPhone and the tripod, just need the Modahaus! I subscribe to your blog, follow you on FB, and on 2 twitter accounts.

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  54. I follow you on Facebook and love your blogs. I've loved the Modahaus since the first post you made and would love one.

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  55. I've shared the link on Facebook.

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  56. I also like Modahaus on Facebook :-)

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  57. +1 How cool! I like that you don't need an expensive SLR to make some really professional looking photos!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

    +1 I'm a blog subscriber via e-mail

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  58. Great photography tips! (I can't wait to try them!
    I'm a follower and a FB fan. I shared this on FB and on twitter. I subscribe through email.
    This would be a wonderful thing to win!

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  59. Can't wait for more tips!
    (via Facebook)

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  60. Heather Botteron O'CainOctober 17, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Great tips! Like the light tent!

    (Via Facebook)

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  61. Exciting! I work with dichroic glass so good pictures are always challenging!

    (Via Facebook)

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  62. What a great giveaway, and helpful tips!! Would so love to win this....Thanks Pearl!!
    (I'm also a facebook fan and twitter follower! I will also be a blog follower if I can figure out how to do it!)

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  63. I follow the Beading Gem Journal on Facebook and Twitter. I now follow Lex on Twitter and Modahouse on Facebook and Twitter. I shared this blog post on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bgfdesigns), Twitter (@bgfdesigns), and on my blog (bgfdesigns.blogspot.com). In case you can't tell I would really like to win this! Lol.

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  64. Thanks for clarifying how to take photos. I'm just starting out and every tip I can get will help. I'd really like that light tunnel!

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  65. I tweeted this and Like Beading Gem on Facebook. I follow this blog and I love this giveaway. I would love to have this.

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  66. I would love to win the modahouse. pick me!
    thank you for the chance to win.

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  67. I am following now through blogger. :)

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  68. I would love to win the Modahaus. Thanks for the information and the free giveaway!

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  69. I knew about location and exposure compensation, but not about aperture priority (now to hunt it down on my camera!) Thanks very much!

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  70. Just tweeted about your great giveaway again. Really hoping to win this.

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  71. That would sooo help my shots! I'm a subscriber also!

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  72. Great tips!
    Thanks for the chance!!

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  73. Love it and need it, I read the Blog everyday and use facebook as well.

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  74. Here's the one for the FB LIST, I LOVE AND need this setup!

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  75. Here's the one for the FB LIST, I LOVE AND need this setup!

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  76. Yes, Please! Yes, Please! *jumping in the air waving madly* :)

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  77. awesome! i'm following via google reader. :)

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  78. i follow you on twitter as handmade4every1.

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  79. i like your fb page as HEARTing Handmade :3

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  80. i also follow Lex on twitter.

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  81. shared on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/handmade4every1/status/126247823023931392

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  82. I really like the tips on how to locate your photo studio to take better pics. Just tweeted about this giveaway again.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  83. I would love to win this! I just became a fan of your facebook page under the name Kharisma Ryantori Sommers.

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  84. I just followed you on twitter (@popnicute) and tweeted your giveaway https://twitter.com/#!/popnicute/status/126338725532811266

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  85. Wow. Great blog post! I would love to win one. Can't wait to read your next post.

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  86. This looks fantastic and I'd LOVE to win. I suppose images are a weakness for many of us! I joined your blog as a follower too.
    Teri
    http://borntobewornjewelry.wordpress.com

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  87. Hey Pearl from your #1 Fan Donna @ Donna's Artisan Designs!! I follow you on Twitter(and tweeted this) also on Facebook and posted about the giveaway,Blogged about the giveaway on my Blog and posting it on my website! AND I am telling my JET team about it from Etsy and my Blogger team!! Believe me I just widened the field but if I'm meant to have it then I will!! Thanks for your ALWAYS useful b,log tips and tutorials and guest writers..your the BOMB!!

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  88. I just posted it on my facebook too https://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=99&appid=2309869772&p%5B0%5D=680305220&p%5B1%5D=205602186180333

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  89. Hi, Pearl!

    WOW! This has been on my wish list since you posted about it the first time!
    Thank you both so much for another wonderful giveaway!

    I am a blog follower and subscriber, I am a Facebook fan and I follow you on Twitter.

    I shouted it out on my FB profile (https://www.facebook.com/CrisP.Ramos) on my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/DeCrisCreations), on Twitter (@Sunshine_Cris) and on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/107574507931835866492).

    Love and kisses and wish me luck!
    ;)
    Cris, from DeCris Creations - Blog
    DeCris Creations on Artfire

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  90. Oh, I hope I get it this time! I'm a feed subscriber, follow you on Twitter and Facebook, AND I just tweeted about this giveaway! (@barbaradin)
    I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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  91. Wow.. the difference between those shots is amazing! Thanks for a great article! I would LOVE one of these of my own to play with!

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  92. I just subscribed :) Now I won't be missing any more of your blogs and having to play catch up ;)

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  93. AhA! found you on facebook :D

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  94. Fabulous, well written article with lots of useful tips that will help improve my photography. I'd love to have one of these!

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  95. Love, love, love this setup! It is on our "to buy" list for enhancing our photography of our products on our website! Thank you for the opportunity to win one! I subscribe to your blog and am a fan on Facebook.

    katrina@ecoFashionistasJewelry.com
    www.ecoFashionistasJewelry.com

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  96. Wow what a great giveaway! I could really use this as winter in NY is a killer for taking pictures.

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  97. Great photography tips, thanks so much! And thanks also for a wonderful opportunity to win this fantastic photography set up! I am a blog subscriber, facebook fan, and posted this to Facebook.
    Thanks again!
    Karen
    www.thebeadgypsy.net
    www.thebeadgypsy/etsy.com

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  98. I'm a first time viewer for Beading Gem's, but wow, I'm amazed! Learnt a lot from your post, thank you very much :)

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  99. I already own the larger version of the Modahouse, I bought it after the first giveaway, however, there are special things that you can do only the 216 model, like for instance roll up the sheets around the necklaces to create something like a "cave". The larger version is great for taking pictures of larger pieces of jewelry or cakes. I love it, actually, my husband loves it more, since he has been hoarding it ever since it arrived. That's why I need a second one!

    Laura

    laura[dot]moticka[at]dc[dot]gov

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  100. I am also a blog subscriber.

    laura[dot]moticka[at]dc[dot]gov

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  101. And I am a FB fan.

    laura[dot]moticka[at]dc[dot]gov

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  102. I made shouts aout to my jewelry friends by directly talking to them when I saw them during our last craft meeting. They were curious about seeing the real Modahouse.

    Does this count as an entry?

    laura[dot]moticka[at]dc[dot]gov

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  103. This appears to be a very innovative piece of equipment, your tips and suggestions are great. I currently work with a tent, but this looks like the close ups would be better and easier to achieve with this equipment.

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  104. Love the story...great advice and easy to follow.

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  105. Thank you for the great tips!!!

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  106. Pat/pat_thom@yahoo.comOctober 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    I'd love to be entered in the competion to win the light tunnel. Its on my wish list!!!!. I am also your friend on facebook. Love your blogs

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  107. Already follow your blog, now FB and twitter too! What a brilliant giveaway, it would be so useful!

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  108. Love your blog & I'd love to win this!!

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  109. Thank you for the tips. I find taking photos so stressful that I haven't uploaded any items to my Etsy shop yet. I will use these tips and try again!

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  110. I am usually disappointed with my jewelry pix. Guess it dowsn't have to be that way. WOW!

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  111. I know I read this post but don't remember the giveaway! Yikes. Senior moment. I would so love to win this. I've wanted one for ages! Thanks for today's reminder to comment here.

    I'm already a follower, of course!

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  112. I really hope to be able to use this product soon. Would love to take the mystery out of photographing jewelry!

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  113. I'm so excited for another chance to win one of these! I'm a fan on Facebook & subscribe to your blog. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  114. Very helpful information!

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  115. I received a 2-year degree in photography back in 1967 and never did much with it. Since making my own jewelry for the last 10 years I've been reading so much information about how to take pictures of jewelry it made my head swirl everytime. So much has changed since the degree. Items we used to make by hand are now purchaseable. The cameras...wow...have really changed. I've been reading your journal for about a year now and I look forward to every post you make because I learn so much from what you write. Thank you and please keep up the excellent work. I've been trying to buy a picture-taking jewelry setup for the last year. I kept thinking I could make one, so I did...five times. I suck at it too. Hehe. The idea of possibly winning one makes my heart skip beats. Your post on this information is the first that doesn't overwhelm me with info so my head doesn't swirl. Thank you again, over and over. I understood it. I have my own jewelry workshop (my complete dinning room) and I'm also a Certified Jewelry Instructor with BCDA (Bead Academy). They handle the instruction, hiring, etc. for Michaels. The fact that that this is so portable and I can use it to teach in my classes twinks my twinkie. That's why I want to win it. Not just for my own use but to show others how easily (or complicated) it can be. Mostly easy parts though. I'm saying my prayers that I win.

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  116. What wonderful tips... thank you. I needed that. I'll be back over and over again to read. This is great!

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  117. Well I need all the dad gum help I can get and it looks like Modahaus has all the answers for all my needs... Sounds easy enough to use ...I think even I could figure it all out...So if you deem me worthy well I would be just pleased as pie...Thanks for the opportunity And good luck to all you gals

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  118. Even if I don't win in this giveaway, the photography tips are invaluable to me. Thank you!

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  119. I'd love love love to win! Thanks for all the great tips too!

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  120. Ohh i could so use one of these...

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  121. aaaand following on Facebook :D

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  122. I am thankful for your tips and help. And these are no exception. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    http: //hispirations-jewelry dot blogspot dot com/

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  123. Wow, such a great article! Thanks for all the tips :) I liked you on Facebook and I posted a link to your giveaway on my wall :)

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  124. This tutorial is great but I like the next one even better! Thanks for all your work giving us great ideas!

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  125. This looks really really cool..and small too which in my crowded office/studip is a total bonus!! The tips in themselves are fantastic and I will playing with some of them methinks!

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  126. Hi i found your tips very helpful and for that thank you very much

    Amanda
    tikks_69@hotmail.com

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  127. Entering for the giveaway. Hope I win!!!

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  128. Oh my goodness!! Just what I needed right before I start selling on Etsy and to friends/family!! Thanks for all the information!

    I have entered on this site and have also done Facebook and Twitter for both yours and Lex's sites!

    Woo hoo!! Happy Pre-Holidays!

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  129. Thank you for the helpful information. Please draw my name.
    rwrw@comcast.net

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  130. fantastic article - such clear explanations (and photos!) thank you. I will be subscribing and sharing on the FB. thank you again
    x

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  131. This sounds like something I would like to utilize with my items that I'm selling. Great tutorial.

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  132. What fab tips and amazing giveaway. Would love to be included and good luck everyone!
    Gemxxx

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  133. Great Tutorial and now if I can just get my camera figured out. Pearl glad I found you and look forward to receiving it each time. Hope I win also! Thanks for all the help you give out.

    Have a great day,Doris

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  134. The very best tips...all your tutorials are wonderful! I'd love to win this giveaway!

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  135. Wonderful tips! Now I need to get to work and start photographing the 15 peices of jewelry sitting on my worktable...

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  136. what a fantastic toot, I'm still using my cardboard box as my light tent, it works better than nothing but I would so love to get one of these. With so many people jumping on the jewelry bandwagon, anything that can help me stand out would be great.

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  137. Thanks for such great and thorough information. I spend way too much time trying to get and correct photos for my business!

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  138. Oh, forgot to say , I'm a blog follower and FB too.

    Now i have to find Lexi's blog

    I LOVE your blog by the way

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  139. Once again, another wonderful posting. Your blog has given me so much valuable information. I follow you by email, Atom posts and on FB :)

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  140. I have read each and every post to try and improve my photography only to realize that this is what the doctor ordered. And to make it more awesome, my birthday is in October, what a great gift. I subscribe to this blog and a fan on facebook!
    Sandy

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  141. Love your website, and all the great information you share on it as well. Needed some pointers for trying to get some good photos of my jewelry. I actually need a photography class :-) But thanks for the opportunity to enter for this amazing giveaway. Please toss my name in with all the rest. thanks ~Tammy

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  142. Thank you for the tutorial. I've made a lot of jewelry and tried to catalogue it but, as usual, it just doesn't look the same as it does it person. I will be using all of your suggestions and am sure that with practice I can only get better.

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  143. I follow your blog, Facebook and Pinterest. I constantly struggle with taking pictures of my finished pieces and this set up would help tremendously if I won. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  144. This was extremely helpful, as I take a great deal of photos> I write tutorials and instructions for my jewelry projects. I would LOVE to win this set up- it's AWESOME
    Regards,
    Gemgirl50@yahoo.com

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