Tuesday, November 04, 2008

this a class photo
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Monday, June 16, 2008

The eBay Live Photo Walk Friday Morning June 20th – 8:00 am

The eBay Live Photo Walk Friday Morning June 20th – 8:00 am

Join us on the first eBay Live Photo Walk.
How about the First Unofficial eBay Live Photo Walk? Want to join me on this free tour? I took my students out for a photo walk a few weeks ago and we had a ball! You’ll have a chance to practice using your camera dials and functions.

What's a Photo Walk? Wikipedia - describes “Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things you may find interesting.” More about it at Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photowalking
It's a pretty simple concept, but very effective. For you to become better (at anything, but especially photography) it takes practice. Spending an hour or two once in awhile looking at stuff and clicking the shutter can greatly improve your skills. My idea is that we'll practice with our cameras and walk off some of those great meals we're going to have while in Chicago.

I’ve hired a local photographer to guide us through the park and help us get a taste of Chicago. This event is free for you to attend.

Here are the details:

When: June 20th (Friday Morning)
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 am
Meet: Millennium Park Chicago
201 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
"Fountain at Millennium Park" right on the corner of Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue

Google Map:

We’ll walk around the park for about an hour and take photographs. The Millennium tour is a pretty walk which affords lots of rest areas by way of park benches etc.. (But I believe it is something worth seeing as well--these outdoor sculptures are a major source of Chicagoans civic pride.
Visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information about this wonderful park.
Be sure to submit your photos of Millennium Park to our special eBay Photo Walk Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/ebayphotowalk

The best photo(s) will win an Easy Auction Photography Briefcase.

To return to the convention center there is a Metra (train) that runs from the station on Randolph and Michigan at 9:15 am and returns to McCormick Place at 9:22 – cost $2.15
More information about planning your trip to and from Millennium Park via Chicago Public Transit can be found here:

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Bad weather cancels (rain, thunderstorms or tornados)
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Cindy Shebley
Author Easy Auction Photography

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Greatest Class Ever!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Capturing The Sparkle

Just had a question from a reader, and thought I'd share it for everyone who photographs crystal.

Here's the question:
"Hi! I purchased your CD on Easy Auction Photography and have been going through it. You recommended getting a photo softbox shooting cube to eliminate shadows in photography and to get good photos.
I'm a jewelry designer and have paid out lots of money to photographers for photos of my jewelry, and have spent hours trying to capture good photos myself -- haven't found anything I'm happy with between the photographers and mine. Arg!
I design with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals and they can be a challenge to shoot. If I purchased a softbox cube, would the sparkle of the crystals come through?
What do you recommend?
One of my goals is to eliminate shadows but I also need those crystals to sparkle. ....."
Yes, using soft/diffused lighting will help bring out the natural beauty of the crystals - however it will also dull the sparkle you are looking for.
Photographers use a couple of techniques to capture a sparkle when using diffused lighting.
One is putting a starlight filter on the camera lens. Of course, you'd have to have a DSLR camera which allows for filters.
The other technique used is a third light. In photo talk this is referred to as a 'sparkle' light - pretty technical sounding - LOL. If you are using a eTent the sparkle light is placed in front of the tent to capture the
sparkle. This technique takes a little practice - finding just the right spot to capture the sparkle. It is easier to do if you have your camera on a tripod and your hands are free to move the light around as you look though the LCD display.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Learn How To Improve Your Gallery Photos

Learn How To Improve Your Gallery Photo
with this FREE eBook

I just put the finishing touches on a new book designed specifically to help improve your Gallery Photos on eBay.

I've included videos and a full run down on the eBay Picture services.
Click here to read Great Gallery Photos

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Holiday's From SnapFish!

How To Photograph Clothes

I often get asked about photographing clothes - to sell them, you must have a great photograph.

I just read this great article on photographing a sweater. It's a little advanced for the home photographer, but if you read the whole thing, I'm sure you'll get a few tips to help improve your shots.

Shooting Apparel In The Studio

Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Bling! It Photo Contest

You Gotta Bling! It to Win It!
To get everybody in the spirit of things we're launching a super massive competition to give our growing community the chance to win 1 of 100 copies of Bling! It!
The total competition value is a massive $4,995!!
All you need to enter the competition is download the 15 trial version of Bling! It, install it on your machine and start Bling!ing your product shots!

Submission Rules:
Submissions sent to blingit@vertustech.com
Each submission to include one "Before Bling!" and one "After Bling!" image, accompanied by a short comment about our Bling! It software
Submission Deadline Wed 19th Dec, 23:59pm GMT
Winners will be announced on Fri 21st Dec.

Transform Product Shots!