Monday, September 24, 2012

Modahaus Tabletop Photo Studio Giveaways - The New Pro TS216

Bloggers and hand made craft designers alike quickly realize the importance of taking good pictures. It was no different for me over 5 years ago when I started this blog.  My earliest efforts were pretty abysmal. No kidding -  see here and here! My camera had trouble focusing close up. Many pictures were bluish as I didn't know there was such a thing as white balance.

Getting a macro enabled camera and learning about its settings helped improve this vital skill. I also tried making my own light tent with mixed results. Then last year, I stumbled on product designer and photographer Lex McColl's first Modahaus table photo studios and decided to buy the smallest one - the TS216.  And never looked back! 

Lex's TS216 light tunnel setup and camera/computer workflow
Lex developed the tabletop studios simply because he had to.  His clients were understandably never keen about shipping him their expensive jewelry and watches to be photographed. So he needed something lightweight and portable to take with him. He also wanted to get away from fabric which wrinkles producing unwanted shadows and inevitably got grubby with use. Two years and many prototype models later using a durable, environmentally friendly polymer, Modahaus came to be.

He has gone on to introduce the Steady Stand for overhead pictures and updated the original series.  He also graciously shared a lot of professional tips and tricks with starving artists like us. There are  a bunch of how to guides on his site.

Here are some highlights from my past posts showing how these tabletop studios work and more.

Natural Light Jewelry Photography  outlined my first experiments with the original TS216.  Using colored backgrounds was relatively easy!  I was suitably impressed with this first near effortless picture of onyx earrings using the light tunnel. It really helped with the lighting. The results were way better than my awful shots 5 years ago!


Then Lex stepped in with a guest post More Jewelry Photography Tips using Natural Light where he went over not just tips and tricks when using the Modahaus but also the specific camera settings that are essential in getting better quality shots. I was paying close attention as you can see from my crystal pendant pictures which show what aperture priority does with depth of focus - whether things are fuzzy in the background or not. Professionals prefer to keep as much of the piece in focus as possible.

f3.3 versus f6.3
We next covered Natural Light Jewelry Photography with White Backgrounds which gave tips on getting that professional look without using lamps.  This pink bracelet shot below was taken by Lex. He deliberately used an inexpensive compact point and shoot camera and not a dSLR to show us it can be done !

I replaced the lead photo of this funky art necklace in my Etsy shop using the white background method as best I could. It had been languishing in my store like forever.  It recently sold!


I reviewed the Steady Stand model when it first came out. The overhead view can be useful for some shots - especially whole necklaces.  The Steady Stands unlike the TS216 and corresponding larger sizes is best suited for compact cameras, smartphones and  iPhones.



The Steady Stand studio was  used  in his next guest post,  More Awesome Jewelry Photography Tips  . He demonstrated how to trick the camera into taking better white background pictures using simple cardboard exposure chips (these are removed).


I still don't have proper studio lights but Jewelry Photography Using an Ott Lite Lamp showed that I could take pictures any time with a common lamp many crafters have. Didn't my chain maille bracelet turn out great?  If you're wondering about that tiny camera stand - check this post.



Lex came up with his updated version of the TS216 earlier this year with some improvements over the original. There are now tabs to better hold necklaces for instance.  I reviewed it and found the additional new Smart Case very useful!  Two of these are now up for grabs in this giveaway!  Here is Lex's picture of what the Smart Case looks like :




My earrings taken using the Pro TS216 and its Smart Case in bright sunlight

Giveaway
Lex is giving away 2 of his Pro TS216.  One will be won by someone who comments on this blog and the other winner will be someone who likes and comments on the Modahaus Facebook pageReaders should try in both places to increase chances of winning!

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower or also on Facebook Fan page or Twitter . If you also do shout outs about this giveaway on your favorite forum, own blog, Facebook or Twitter,  those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. Please leave an email at the very least so I can contact you easily if you win.

This giveaway is international.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, October 1, 2012. Winners will be chosen randomly and the results will be announced as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise we will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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146 comments :

beadrecipes said...

Oh, I would love to win this! Is it open to international entrants? I have you in my RSS reader, plus I'm a FB fan. (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

Holly (Hillcrest Studio) hollykurzman@yahoo.com said...

Pearl: Please keep doing what you do so well with this blog.I learn something new each time & come away with ideas & inspiration!

Reading about the evolution of the Modahaus products was interesting & I picked up useful tips on photographing jewelry. Having my own Modahaus setup would allow me to take better photos, even with my point-&-shoot camera.

Deb Fortin said...

what a great giveaway. I have tried making my own light box with cardboard box and tissue paper but it really isn't a good solution. I'd love to win one of these prizes.

Deb Fortin said...

I forgot to note that I follow you with my RSS reader. I love all the tips you give and the exposure to new artists gives me great inspiration

DWhite said...

I tried making my own light box a few years ago and the results were abysmal. I find the information on Modahaus very interesting indeed!

Debbie said...

I believe this would be the ideal way to get great photos of jewelry. It is compact and looks easy to use....after all I'd rather be making jewelry than learning professional photography.
Thanks again Pearl for another informative post

Jeanette Platt said...

This is so neat... I can't tell you how many pictures i take trying to get the right picture to showcase the peices i make... it gets so frustrating because i have a great camera however getting the best light is often a challange. I would love to win one of these and if i don't win well I know what i will be investing in next.

Sherri Stokey said...

I love Lex's products - you can tell they're designed by someone who knows what's needed. Perfect - I'd love to win this new one & give it a try1

Sherri Stokey said...

I follow your blog via email and I'm a facebook fan. Love your informative articles!

coldkohmew said...

Trying both fronts!!!

KayzKreationz said...

I would sooo love to win this. I still can't get good photos of my Glass Kreationz or my jewelry. I end up throwing out 25-30 shots to get one or two.

KayzKreationz said...

I'm a blog follower.

Unknown said...

I've been dying to get my hands on one of these. The old cardboard box lined with white posterboard and white muslin is getting pretty ratty. I'm a FB fan and twitter follower, and did a shout out on both :-)

KayzKreationz said...

I follow on twitter.

http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

KayzKreationz said...

I follow on facebook.

http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

Mei Tan said...

Another chance for this awesome Studio :)
Thanks.

KayzKreationz said...

I just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/250216366517387266

pshepherd said...

I have been trying to figure out how to make my own light box. This would be such a great alternative! Find me on FB at phyllis.shepherd.5@facebook.com

Cheryl Parrish said...

This article was fantastic! I'm a jewelry crafter and realize the importance of taking quality photos. I often spend more time on pictures than on making my jewelry! I use a Walmart camera, lol, and would love to see what I could produce with this nifty unit.

pepita said...

i'm following you by e-mail and I would really love to win this product. Fingers crossed!!!

pepita said...

oh, my e-mail is pepita.handmade@yahoo.com

pat_thom@yahoo.com said...

I would love to win this latest edition to the range.

Holly Kurzman said...

Ooohh....Lovwe the photography tips & the chance to win 1 of the Modahaus giveaways!

via Facebook

Jenni Gerstle said...

Love it! I ordered one! Maybe I will win one too!!

Via Facebook

Maureen Price said...

Desperately need one of these...my pics need help!

Via Facebook

Syndi said...

I have been drooling after one of these for awhile. Would love to win!

AMatterOfMe said...

Ingenious!

AMatterOfMe said...

What a wonderful creation

AngelMira said...

I'm dying to try one of these!

AngelMira said...

Posted Your giveaway here:

http://www.facebook.com/DesperateHouselife

Ring by Ring Designs said...

I love Lex's products. Makes taking good pictures easy.
Bev

AWJewelry said...

Pick me please!!!

AngelMira said...

posted the giveaway on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/110287575721266241629

Cristina said...

Hi, Pearl!

Another wonderful giveaway! You rock!
Please count me in, the Modahaus has been on my wishlist forever! :)

I'm a blog subscriber and follower and also on Facebook Fan page and Twitter!
Shared on G+, Fb and Tweeted it! Keeping my fingers crossed!

kisses,
Cris

salla said...

This is such a cool setup! I would love to win it.

jkuhn said...

I could really use this!
jrgkuhn@gmail.com

Deanna Medley said...

These products and tips are amazing and I would love to win one!!! Thank you, Deanna dmedley@ec.rr.com

Gina Hockett ghockett88@gmail.com said...

I love Modahaus! Would definitely consider buying the new product even if I didn't win. Besides a great product, they have awesome customer service. Please put my name in the hat. I also follow by email, and am a facebook fan.

JaneW said...

This would make taking pictures so much easier Life would be good. Pearl I look forward to your email every day I open it first thing every morning. Keep doing what you are doing I know I sure put the tips to good use. I'd love to win.
janewallace1955@yahoo.ca

AngelMira said...

tweeted!
https://twitter.com/DHouselife/status/250237259176091648

Lucy MC said...

awesome giveaway!!

Skye said...

I would LOVE one of these! I just started taking better photographs this year ( now that I have decent macro on my camera) but my time to get natural lighting in my photos has become very limited >.< And indoor studio would be fabulous to help me keep up with my photos!

Ed Petersen said...

The article was just great. Just what I was looking for. Starting into jewelry design and custom made crafts so I need all the help I can get. Article very informative and easy to read. iamsilverdale@mediacombb.net

Kristi said...

Would love to win this! Thank you for the giveaway chance!

Kristi said...

I follow you though google reader

Alvano said...

I bought Lex tabletop setup earlier. They work fine, everything came intact, and I'm very happy with the photos they allowed be to take.

Kathy (kmhcollections.esty.com) said...

This looks like a wonderful setup. Getting good pictures of silver jewelry is really difficult, winning this would be awesome. Thanks, Pearl for all the information you make available to us on your blog.

sis5of11 said...

Taking photos of my jewelry is something I struggle with constantly. I am currently saving to buy a setup but it is slow going in today's economy! Winning would be GREAT! I would finally have pictures of my jewelry that I would be GLAD to post!
I am a FB fan and I follow you on Twitter. I have shared this on both FB and Twitter and also on Google+.

nancykamp said...

I've been using the inside of a cooler. This is the real deal!

beryl said...

Oh to not spend hours with diy techniques trying to capture one decent jewelry photo!!! This system seems the answer to my dreams! Great information and wonderful daily newsletter., Pearl!
Hope I win!

Lucy MC said...

oh and here's a link to where I mention the giveaway on my blog!

http://thehandmadejewelryblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/2-modahaus-tabletop-photo-studio.html

BTW, I do follow back :)

beryl said...

66Oh to not spend hours with diy techniques trying to capture one decent jewelry photo!!! This system seems the answer to my dreams! Great information and wonderful daily newsletter., Pearl!
Hope I win!

Creative Atelier said...

I would love to win this, it is amazing to see how much your pictures have improved. I hope mine do too:)

Kim said...

I really hope I win!! FB and blog subscriber!

ParrotiseBeads said...

Oh I so need something like this!
(vicki at parrotise dot com)

Carol said...

Love Lex's products!! I'm a FB, blog and Twitter follower. Please add me to your growing list.
Thanks, Carol
www.DesigningIt.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

The dream of being able to take professional photos of my jewelry would make a great birthday gift. I have read each and every blog, post regarding the Modahaus along with being a fan on facebook.Please consider me in this giveaway.
Sandy

Chrissi said...

Would absolutely love to win this- I want my son to do my jewellery photos for me and this might just be what will do it as he's a photography student and perfectionist

Heather OCain said...

These look so cool! Much better than a box! Would be perfect for my studio!

Nancy Eha said...

Thank you so much for your "stamp of approval". It means a lot when a fellow crafter uses and makes a review of a product that anyone of us who makes jewelry or other small items can get behind.
Craft On!

Anonymous said...

Pearl, you find the nicest things! And then help give them away. (LOL) I'd be delighted to win a Modahaus Pro TS216. Talk about making photography as easy as 1-2-3....

Deborah
ddj0195 at yahoo dot com :)

Sandra said...

Me, me, me, me, me, plz,I want one. Only, I can't quite afford to buy one right now. Even though they are really inexpensive imho.

Aleen Lodge said...

I just went through this over the weekend! I just couldn't hold my camera still and the pics of my pieces looked terrible! This would be the perfect addition to my "toolbox!"

anjou said...

would love to win one! Hope you pick me. I follow your blog regularly. This looks like a great set up to end the blurry photos

Voltzia said...

One of these would be so useful !

voltzia@gmail.com

T=MC2 said...

Very exciting - could be the perfect Christmas gift for hubby!

Bea Morris said...

Winning this setup would be a great early Christmas present. Thanks for the opportunity

Jenny Holt said...

WOW great studio and There will be 2 lucky people who get one HOPE it's me.

BeadsForever said...

Fabulous giveaway! Love to be lucky enough to win one of these!

Paula McDowell said...

Really great tips. Thanks for looking out for us!

Carol Dekle said...

Hi Pearl!

Great timing on this post because I have been updating my Etsy photos the last few days. I'm gonna go over this info in detail! Thank you for the chance to win too!!!

Carol

Dora said...

Oh wow..I sure would love to win this to use for taking pics of my jewelry creations.. Thank you for this opportunity.

Dora Muller Harrison

yifatiii said...

I'll be so happy to win one of these wonderful prizes!
I'm so struggle with photographing my jewelry and my other creations so it became the most irritating stage in the process :-(
I tried making my own light box but the results were inferior.
Thanks for openning this giveaway to worldwide! ♥

Barb said...

This would be great. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anthonia said...

First of all, this is a really useful blog. I've learnt a great deal since subscribing last month. I had to sit the last give-away out, but this one is too good to be missed.
I'd really love to be the luckly winner of the TS216. I have a huge lightbox that I rarely use these days because of the size (it takes up a huge space in my non-existent home studio), and the information on the Modahaus site about photography jewellery is really useful.

aims said...

Wow! I love how the use of this tabletop photo studio makes the jewelry just Pop!

I know everyone agrees that professional photos are a big help in selling items.

This photo studio will definitely make the 'pro photos' easier to achieve for those of us who aren't professional photographers.

Thank you Lex! And thank you Pearl for Pearl for bringing this to our attention!

I'm emailing this to my friend in England and encouraging her to sign up to your blog Pearl! There is just so much information here on a daily basis - who would want to miss out!

Bea said...

Winning is like getting an early Christmas present. Thanks

BJewelryBox said...

What a fantastic giveaway! This would decrease all the editing I do with my photos and it would actually make it less stressful when taking photographs of my jewelry. Thanks for the chance to win!

BJewelryBox said...

I shared on pinterest.
http://pinterest.com/pin/142707881913459050/

BJewelryBox said...

I forgot to say I'm a follower. I love getting the emails alerting me of your new posts.

Anonymous said...

What a great offer. I have followed your posts about taking photos with great interest. Count me in!

kaypasa@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

What an exciting giveaway!

dpletz@frontiernet.net

Sally said...

What a great product! I could really use this everyday. It would make my life so much easier!
rohrerpix@yahoo.com

margretdzn said...

I've been eyeing the Modahaus products for some time now, on a tight budget....This looks to be the best method for helping with
picture taking....thanks for this giveaway.....

Vicky F said...

Photography is the bane of my jewellery life - this is a fantastic giveaway.

Thanks Pearl and Lex.

victoria_farrell at hotmail dot com

Sheila Franklin said...

Would love to win one of these. Just started selling my jewellery and need to take professional photos.

via facebook

Patti Fulton said...

Oh Boy, do I need to win this!!!! I've done what I can to take good photos of my jewelry, but this would be invaluable to me.

via facebook

Mary Kirtley said...

Great article, thanks for the tips and the opportunity to enter!

via facebook

BJ said...

WOW! I would love to have this to take better shots of my soaps as well as the jewelry I make.

bjrussell@insightbb.com

Laurel said...

How I'd love to have this! I think it would make a huge difference in my Etsy store listings! Fingers crossed!

dragonswing said...

I'm a follower of your blog

dragonswing said...

I would love to see how this would work with my new macro lens. Thanks for the chance.

MoonRae said...

This is very generous!! I could so use this too. Photographing jewelry isn't exactly my forte hahaha
Thanks so much!!

Sharon
lunrei@yahoo.com

MoonRae said...

Following on Pinterest, FB,-Sharon Siqueiros
Sub via email-lunrei@yahoo.com

MoonRae said...

Following on Twitter-@SharonSiqueiros

lunrei@yahoo.com

MoonRae said...

Shared on Google+
https://plus.google.com/107538110655937462227/posts

Sharon Siqueiros

Lauren said...

Yay! More Modahaus toys!

Tatkis said...

Wow, this should be a great device for photographing jewelry!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

gelfling50 said...

Holie Molie Lex this is an awesome opportunity ty so much. I will post this up one wall and down the other for sure. I will put it on my blog: http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/
I am also tweeting it and posting it on my facebook....I loved reading the write up you did here on The Beading Gem's Journal. Modahaus rocks daddio...lol...Thank you so much for the this opportunity bye for now Jacqueline Marchant

Boot ~C said...

this is an ingenious set up. thanks for a chance to win one!

Boot ~C said...

I am a blog follower as well

Janet said...

Great article and great creativity. Would love to win a Modahaus light box to enhance my creativity.

Almost Precious said...

Great giveaway! A prize that any jewelry maker would want and need.

Kathie Prout said...

The New Pro TS216 is a fabulous and much needed photo studio. Thank's to Modahaus and you for the chance to win this! Thanks for the tips, etc.

Tina Carvalho said...

I love all your tips and seeing the evolution of your photos. Help me with mine!

Tina Carvalho said...

Thanks for all your tips! It's fun to see the evolution of your photos.Now help with mine!

Annabel said...

I have a DIO variant of this setup but it's definitely time to upgrade!

(G+ed, FB-shared and Google Blogger subscribed to this post as well :)

Coral lawcoral@gmail.com said...

I really want to try it. Thank you Lex and you for this giveaway activity. I'm your blog follower.

Dina said...

I would definitely love to win one of these. I have one of those big cubes with the fabric backgrounds, but it is so big and cumbersome to set up. I am damned if I do set it up losing valuable workspace on my table, and damned if I don't having to figure out how to setup from its collapsed state. Something compact and relatively simple to set up would be wonderful. Thanks for even having the opportunity.

riley said...

What a great giveaway! Thx! And of course I follow via email.

Phoenyx said...

I've experimented with my own setups for photographing jewelry…this looks like it would come in handy!

Barb said...

Really would love one of these!

Tammy Gilchrest said...

Beautiful pictures. This is small and compact. That's wonderful for people with space limitations!

Barbara Din said...

I'd love to have this. I always learn so much from your photography posts. I follow you here, facebook and twitter.

Sheryl Chan said...

Thank you for this Awesome Modahaus Tabletop Photo Studio Giveaways ..

If not, I will never know there is such a thing call "The New Pro TS216" that can solve my HP shadow problem.

Hope to say Bye Bye to those patches of shadows from my hand and HP whenever I take photo of the little things that I want to post onto my Facebook.

:D

Sheryl
https://www.facebook.com/Sherylcpc23
Sherylcpc23@gmail.com

Roxanne (Shanghai Tai) said...

Wow! I have not seen this product before. It looks very handy!

Priya said...

The pictures are beautiful. I did not know about this tool,it would really make my piece stand out. Hope i get to win this!

Derin said...

I love your blog! I I love the sound "The New Pro TS216" I am a newbie in selling my jewellery and have never been able to take a good photo. This would solve my problems.

Derin said...

I love the sound of The New Pro TS216. Could solve the problems I have been having.

Kaleen Teo said...

Hi,

I am your new follower and really love the "The New Pro TS216".

Have liked your page and followed on twitter and tweeted this wonderful giveaway to my friends.

FB name : Kaleen Teo
Email: kakaleen@ymail.com
https://twitter.com/linleen/status/250992948282527745

Roxanne (Shanghai Tai) said...

I left a comment above, but since then shared it on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter

PA said...

I could SOOOOOO use this!

Divya N said...

Thanks for another great opportunity to win a Modahaus...

Divya N said...

I follow your blog on GFC and on facebook

April Dawn Bell said...

OMG I need this so bad! I don't have the space for larger set-ups. Fingers and toes crossed!

KipperCat said...

I would love to have this! There are some pieces I just can't photograph well.

KipperCat said...

I also follow your blog via RSS feed.

Dee-Ann LeBlanc said...

Oooh would love this!

barleecreations said...

I would love to win this! This could help with my dog collar charm jewelry.

I am a blog subscriber and I follow on twitter. @barleecreations

sunneerakowitz@hotmail.com said...

I have been reading, following and loving your blog for about 3 years. It's the one thing I don't delete first, when clearing my mailbox to read! Love the MODAHAUS and would love one/

sunneerakowitz@hotmail.com said...

I also follow you on Facebook.

.ambre. said...

Those pictures look great!

DebS said...

Winning one of these would be great! My jewelry photos desperately need help. ( Does Len come with them?) Thanks for the opportunity.

Shaiha said...

I am a blog follower thru GFC

Shaiha said...

I follow you on twitter as Shaiha_

Shaiha said...

I like your page on FB

Shaiha Williams

Shaiha said...

I tweeted

https://twitter.com/Shaiha_/status/252508679415422976

Shaiha said...

I shared on FB

https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/414560611926374

Shaylynn said...

I keep hearing so many great things about the Modahaus, I'd LOVE to use one!

Shaylynn said...

GFC follower

Shaylynn said...

G+'ed :)

Shaylynn said...

and a Twitter follower

Charlotte said...

Even if I don't win, the photography tips are worth their weight in gold!

Also, I have you in my RSS reader, and have "liked" The Beading Gem on FaceBook.

Rachel said...

I'd love to be able to try one of these.

I'm a blog subscriber and a facebook follower.

Email: rachelw.crafts@hotmail.com

Aloha! said...

I love that it is so compact and you can use different backgrounds!
PS.love your Blog!!

Anonymous said...

This blog is always so interesting! The tips have definitely been useful for photographing jewlery.
lauraw.crafts at hotmail.com

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