Saturday, 23 March 2013

1000 Fans Giveaway

Recently, Crystal Gayle Photography reached 1000 fans on facebook.


As a small thank you (because I simply can't give you all a gift), I'm running a giveaway for two weeks here on my blog.  This gives you plenty of chances to enter, and enter, and enter again.  Please come back daily to re-enter the options that have daily entries.
Also, be sure to enter to win from Dell Cove Spices on rafflecopter here as well. Click here to see what the prizes are.

Thank you to all my fans and I hope to see many new faces in the near future!

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Artist Feature- Susan's BeadHappy

Thanks, Crystal, for featuring my shop,SusansBeadHappy.etsy.com.

I'm Susan... full-time wife and IT person, recent empty-nester, and night/weekend jewelry designer. Making beautiful jewelry is my stress relief! I began beading about six years ago, when I was shopping for jewelry items for friends, family, and myself, and thought, "Hey, I could make this myself!" After all, beading is mostly about stringing things together in a row. Or so it seems, until you realize there's lots of creativity and technique involved. At the time, I was experimenting with macro photography with flowers, moss and other natural things, so when my friends talked me into establishing an online shop, it was fairly easy for me to switch to taking photos of my jewelry. I decided to establish my shop on Etsy, and finally made "that first sale".

Now, of course, I'm addicted to beads and creating pieces with them. My children refuse to enter a craft store with me, because they know they'll have to drag me out.


About my jewelry... I love natural stones with flash--labradorite, moonstone, and tigereye. I adore pearls, turquoise, faceted gemstone briolettes and sterling silver. During the past year, I've enjoyed taking rhinestone necklaces & earrings and painting them in bright and happy colors. Anything colorful and sparkly is beautiful to me. My rosaries and religious necklaces also have a very special place in my heart... I feel connected to every piece I make, but especially to my religious items. To me, they're "giving back" to God any talent He's given me.


My shop has had customers from California to New York, Florida to Minnesota. My jewelry has traveled to Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Norway, Germany, Japan, the U.K., Switzerland, Singapore, and New Zealand. I'm very, very grateful for my customers... they are the reason I'm in business, and I try to make them happy. 

Thanks for reading about my shop, and please come visit, even if you're "just looking"... I'd love to hear from you! :-)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Learning You Camera, One Step At A Time

Every camera is different and yet very much the same.  After all, they all take photos, don't they.

So, the question was asked:
"does it matter what camera you use? I have a panasonic lumix and I can't take good pictures! I do alot of product photography and need close ups."


Camera Type
I have not used every brand or type of camera out there, but I think it's safe to say that it does not matter what type of camera you use.  Each company has it's pros and cons to their cameras, but in the end, it sure better take a photo.  I have had a Pentax film camera, Kodak digital, and now Nikon, and they have all treated me very well!  
Reading the manual is often helpful, along with watching youtube videos on your camera.  People seem to do youtube videos on anything and everything these days, so chances are you'll find helpful videos on your camera.

Close Up Photos



With most point and shoot cameras, you need to be about 20" back from your subject to photograph it.  Each camera is different, so it's best to check with your camera's manual what the specs are on your camera.  If you're having a hard time getting close enough. step back and reshoot. You can always crop your photo after shooting in editing software. Just remember not to crop the photo too tightly.  If you're taking photos for listing your product online, Etsy generally crops you photos somewhat for the thumbnail so you want to leave some white space around your product.  

So in the end...
Most new cameras work well, but you have to understand how to use them.  Make sure you study your manual and learn your camera. I had to spend a few days with my SLR when I first got it to figure it out as it operated so much differently than my other digital had. 

I don't enjoy the photographing process
If this is something you're telling yourself more and more, consider hiring a photographer to do your photos.  They will shoot your item in different angles and capture the beauty of your product.  You will also be relieved of time spent shooting to rather create more new product.  Having a photographer shoot your product can be especially cost effective if you are reproducing an item multiple times.

If you have a question, please leave it in the comments or e-mail me and I will try to cover it next time!
For more camera tips, see Camera Tutorial .



February 23-March 1 Treasuries

Congratulations to Susan's Beadhappy on getting the most votes on her treasury.  Look for a feature on her shop coming to my blog in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to Elizabeth on winning the gift certificate!

I'm not seeing as much participation for the giveaways as I had hoped to, so this will be the last week I am running the contest UNLESS you guys can help promote this!  If you'd like to donate a prize, please contact me.

So, once again, vote for your favorite treasury on the right and then go to the bottom of this post and enter to win using rafflecopter!

Curator of treasury with most votes will win a blog feature and one random person will be chosen to win a prize via rafflecopter-but you gotta enter via rafflecopter then too!

'Spring training' by prnk23

Having fun with the Shiny Happy People:) Enjoy!


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