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Go Ahead and Rain…I DON’T CARE! July 26, 2011

Posted by J. in Genius, Sticks and String.

Ha ha!  She crowed jubilantly at having liberated herself from the tyranny of fickle sunshine.  No longer would she have to wait for a day that was sunny, not too cold, not too windy, and not too hot.  She was free to take pictures whenever was best for her, and that freedom was heady and intoxicating.

Be jealous, bitches.

The humble light box.   It’s not much to look at, but man, what a difference this odd little thing has made in my life.  Mind you, what’s not shown in this picture is where the rubber meets the road, as they say: two sunlight-mimicking stand lamps, a camera tripod, and several different colored backgrounds to shoot against that velcro right in there.  You can see where I made myself a hat form–actually I made two, the smaller one was in use when I shot this pic.  And the pillow is good for things like mittens and those little patches that need something to lean on.

So now I can shoot on a rainy day, or at night, or when it’s 110 in the shade or five below zero.  It’s all the same to me, now.  It’s made a big difference in the look of my shop, too.  I did few before and after shots of some of my items.  Check it out (before pics are on the left):Why the change in photos?  The bottom line is the bottom line.  I’d like to sell more stuff.  And to get stuff on Etsy to sell, it has to be seen.  Someone has to notice it.  And people notice things that look like they’re in a catalog, not laid out on a bedspread.

Now, one area where I can’t compete is with the baby hats.  So many people have their hats professionally shot on newborns it’s insane.  And I realized that looking at all those newborns in one place is kind of creepy.  They’re eerie looking after awhile and I had to stop.

So I made myself a couple of hat stands out of styrofoam and muslin and they seem to work pretty well.  They’re not as polished as the ones on actual babies, but they’re way better than the ones just laying flat on a table or something.

In the last week I’ve put my nose to the digital camera and re-shot most of my shop.  I can’t quite figure out how to make the sweaters appealing in a light box set up just yet, and adult size hats need a bigger styrofoam ball head thing, so I have to pick one up tomorrow.  But for the most part, my shop looks a lot cleaner, picture-wise.

It’d be great if I could empty out my bin of knit stuff this year and be able to start fresh in January with a hugely depleted stock.

So that’s all I’ve been up to lately.  A little knitting, a lot of shop-sprucing, and plenty of summertime goofing off, too.

(Goddamn, that was boring.  I think it’s all the photo editing.  It’s draining.  I apologize.  I’ll do better next time.)



1. Christina Hammond - July 27, 2011

I love you! that’s a great review, I’m off to order one right now.

2. MouthyMavensMusings - July 27, 2011

Poops your shop look fabulous! Great job! I think you have swayed me on getting/setting up a light box finally 🙂

3. Haley - August 3, 2011

Where did you get your lightbox?

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