Monday, May 19, 2014

Episode 15 - Knitting and Newborns

In this episode I talk about Mother's Day knitting, taking a newborn class, and photographing items for Etsy shops.

Game: 2048
Down Cellar Studios with Jen
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast

Fiber Stories:

  • Estes Park Wool Market June 5-8 in Estes Park, Colorado. If you want a preview, visit Crafty's Class "Know Your Wool"
  • Stitches Midwest August 8-10 in Illinois is coming up! If you happen to see me, please come up and say hi!!
I Dream of Knitting:
Photography Stories:
  • I did a 6 month session with a sweet girl I have been photographing since she was a newborn

  • I also covered a baby shower for one of my oldest and dearest friends
  • Coming Up - Dance Studio Portraits, and practice dance session, Mom and Dad session, Operation Sock Drawer
Photography Tip of the Week:
  • This week I talk about doing photography for an Etsy shop. 
    • Use natural light
    • Consider using a Lightbox for smaller items
    • Use tilted poster board and reflectors for larger items
    • Be sure to check your exposure settings and use the exposure compensation setting to make sure your images are getting exposed enough.
    • Calibrate your monitor to be true color, visit Improve Photography

Friday, May 2, 2014

Episode 14 - Mad Hustle

Knitting Butterflies Ravelry Group Instagram: butterflyem4 Ravelry Page: EmilyStraw
Clicking Away:

I Dream of Knitting:

I mostly have been dreaming about spinning a lot more someday. I add a few fibers to my wishlist, and I'm excited the basement will be done soon so I will have the room.

Photography Adventures:
  • I was blessed and privileged to photograph the March of Dimes event in Greeley, CO. What an amazing experience!

  • I purchased a 55-200mm f3.5-5.6 lens for this event, it wasn't an expensive lens but it made a huge difference in the quality of my photos!

  • I have been taking classes on Creative Live from Susan Stripling and Jim Garner, which really helped my photography and story telling skills.
  • Tip for this week - backlighting. Try putting your light source behind your subject, whether it's the sun, a flash, or a lamp. This is a great tip for hard light!