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29 February 2012

Designing a Space for Photography -- What You Need to Know!

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When I showed you my revamped shed last week, I mentioned that I designed it with photography in mind.  While I do most of my product shots in my home or on the back porch, I often find that my clean, open spaces and cute vignettes around the hosue have been covered in coloring books, bread crumbs and dirty laundry.  (It happens.)  When I decided to make the shed a girly house, I did it with an overall concern for providing spaces for taking photographs.  No one goes in this shed, save myself, so everything stays as is when I need it for a photoshoot.

1.  The first thing I decided on?  WHITE.  I have wanted a white on white on white room for a long time, and I love white backgrounds for photos AND I had 1/2 a gallon of white paint in the basement.  It was an easy decision.  I painted as many surfaces as I could with the paint, and made sure the window wall and potting bench were first priority.  The long, flat, white surface of the potting bench near the window is ideal for product shots.


2.  After giving everything a coat of white, I moved on to creating little vignettes all around the space.  Using prints ripped out of a coffee table book and various (pink!) accessories, each little "cubby" in the shed is it's own little backdrop.

See this cubby?


This is how it is used as a background:


Here is another cubby, primed to be a photo backdrop, plenty of light from the left
and a built in natural frame created by the box on top and the two tools on the side.


3.  Speaking of light, it was a major consideration before deciding to revamp the shed.  There is one window in the shed, but that one window provides a shocking amount of light.  I built the entire room around that one window, considering the way the light fell at different times of the day.  whiel I sometimes use a flash for traditional product lighting, I much prefer to capture natural shadows of the rising or falling light in my photos.  This window provides the perfect source of light adn the little pom pom curtains (thrift store!) are the perfect filter.


Here is a combination of the three factors.  Notice the white potting bench that gives this little floral vignette a white base. 
Also notice the background created with the prints in one of the cubbies.  The light is coming in from the window, and the shed door, fully lighting the rose.

 

Here is a shot that shows the basic setup.

4.  After assessing light, a coat of white and setting up vignettes, it was time to start adding in extra goodies. 
The accessories can make or break a space and in this space, those accessories had to be GIRLY and GARDENY. 
If it didn't fit those two categories, it had to go!! 


So when considering a setup for photography, there are 4 main things to consider:

1.  Color  --  Do you want a standard white background or do you want a red cast on everything? 

2.  Background -- Leave some backgrounds solid, but change up wall sections for different looks.

3.  Light -- Make sure you have a steady light source, that provides good light at the time of day you normally shoot, or create a full lighting setup.

4.  Accessories  -- Be consistent with the accessories that you choose, and try to stay away from anything gimmicky.

There you go - a mini photostudio!  ...and FREE is as cheap as it gets! ;)

Want to see all of the shed transformation posts?
  1. Getting Things Organized 
  2. The BEFORE & AFTER Reveal
  3. The Rocker Facelift
  4. How to Make Curvy Bunting (mini-tut)
  5. The DL on Designing the Space for Photography

Designing a Space for Photography -- What You Need to Know!

Pin It

When I showed you my revamped shed last week, I mentioned that I designed it with photography in mind.  While I do most of my product shots in my home or on the back porch, I often find that my clean, open spaces and cute vignettes around the hosue have been covered in coloring books, bread crumbs and dirty laundry.  (It happens.)  When I decided to make the shed a girly house, I did it with an overall concern for providing spaces for taking photographs.  No one goes in this shed, save myself, so everything stays as is when I need it for a photoshoot.

1.  The first thing I decided on?  WHITE.  I have wanted a white on white on white room for a long time, and I love white backgrounds for photos AND I had 1/2 a gallon of white paint in the basement.  It was an easy decision.  I painted as many surfaces as I could with the paint, and made sure the window wall and potting bench were first priority.  The long, flat, white surface of the potting bench near the window is ideal for product shots.


2.  After giving everything a coat of white, I moved on to creating little vignettes all around the space.  Using prints ripped out of a coffee table book and various (pink!) accessories, each little "cubby" in the shed is it's own little backdrop.

See this cubby?


This is how it is used as a background:


Here is another cubby, primed to be a photo backdrop, plenty of light from the left
and a built in natural frame created by the box on top and the two tools on the side.


3.  Speaking of light, it was a major consideration before deciding to revamp the shed.  There is one window in the shed, but that one window provides a shocking amount of light.  I built the entire room around that one window, considering the way the light fell at different times of the day.  whiel I sometimes use a flash for traditional product lighting, I much prefer to capture natural shadows of the rising or falling light in my photos.  This window provides the perfect source of light adn the little pom pom curtains (thrift store!) are the perfect filter.


Here is a combination of the three factors.  Notice the white potting bench that gives this little floral vignette a white base. 
Also notice the background created with the prints in one of the cubbies.  The light is coming in from the window, and the shed door, fully lighting the rose.

 

Here is a shot that shows the basic setup.

4.  After assessing light, a coat of white and setting up vignettes, it was time to start adding in extra goodies. 
The accessories can make or break a space and in this space, those accessories had to be GIRLY and GARDENY. 
If it didn't fit those two categories, it had to go!! 


So when considering a setup for photography, there are 4 main things to consider:

1.  Color  --  Do you want a standard white background or do you want a red cast on everything? 

2.  Background -- Leave some backgrounds solid, but change up wall sections for different looks.

3.  Light -- Make sure you have a steady light source, that provides good light at the time of day you normally shoot, or create a full lighting setup.

4.  Accessories  -- Be consistent with the accessories that you choose, and try to stay away from anything gimmicky.

There you go - a mini photostudio!  ...and FREE is as cheap as it gets! ;)

Want to see all of the shed transformation posts?
  1. Getting Things Organized 
  2. The BEFORE & AFTER Reveal
  3. The Rocker Facelift
  4. How to Make Curvy Bunting (mini-tut)
  5. The DL on Designing the Space for Photography

28 February 2012

Do You Have a Post That NOBODY EVER READ?

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Did you write really great stuff when your blog was first starting?  
Do you have content rich articles that only got 15 hits? 
Are there beautiful photos or hilarious quotes that you want the blogworld to see? 

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

Link up your posts...any post...any subject...great stuff that no one got to see. 
Link as many posts as you want and there are NO RULES!!!  

Oh, and by the way...make sure to check back Thursday for the best of the hop! 
I'm looking for great recipes, gardening tips, DIY projects and more! 
YOUR post might be featured, so make it a good one!!! :)
...and the post with the most "likes" underneath??  That person is my FEATURE FRIDAY girl!!

Let's get sharing!!!


Do You Have a Post That NOBODY EVER READ?

Pin It

Did you write really great stuff when your blog was first starting?  
Do you have content rich articles that only got 15 hits? 
Are there beautiful photos or hilarious quotes that you want the blogworld to see? 

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

Link up your posts...any post...any subject...great stuff that no one got to see. 
Link as many posts as you want and there are NO RULES!!!  

Oh, and by the way...make sure to check back Thursday for the best of the hop! 
I'm looking for great recipes, gardening tips, DIY projects and more! 
YOUR post might be featured, so make it a good one!!! :)
...and the post with the most "likes" underneath??  That person is my FEATURE FRIDAY girl!!

Let's get sharing!!!


I Need Your Help!!!

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So we have beautiful wood laminate flooring through out most of our home.   You can see it in the background here:



  I like it...I love it even...but the problem is that is stops before the entryway/living room. 
The living room is covered is creamish carpet that is beyond stained from muddy shoes coming in the door.  You can see a bit of it under the Sharpie rug here:




So this is where I need your help...should I just extend the laminate hardwood throughout the entire house or will that be too many hard surfaces?  Should I make a slate entryway by the front door?   What has worked for you in an entry/living room space??  I need your help!!

Of coursethen there is the whole -- don't bring new carpet fumes into your house -- and I wonder if the fumes are any better or worse than laminate flooring...ahh the questions...   I did look up the EPA recommendations for carpeting and they simply didn't help a bit....  Your thoughts?!?

I Need Your Help!!!

Pin It

So we have beautiful wood laminate flooring through out most of our home.   You can see it in the background here:



  I like it...I love it even...but the problem is that is stops before the entryway/living room. 
The living room is covered is creamish carpet that is beyond stained from muddy shoes coming in the door.  You can see a bit of it under the Sharpie rug here:




So this is where I need your help...should I just extend the laminate hardwood throughout the entire house or will that be too many hard surfaces?  Should I make a slate entryway by the front door?   What has worked for you in an entry/living room space??  I need your help!!

Of coursethen there is the whole -- don't bring new carpet fumes into your house -- and I wonder if the fumes are any better or worse than laminate flooring...ahh the questions...   I did look up the EPA recommendations for carpeting and they simply didn't help a bit....  Your thoughts?!?

27 February 2012

BEAUTIFUL and USEFUL | A Thrifting Strategy for Cosmetics

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Hi all!  My blog went KAPUT earlier today (THANK YOU to Cindy and Laura and Amy for letting me KNOW!) but I'm BACK!  (Still trying to figure out what happened and sensing YET another reason to leave blogger for wordpress...advice anyone?)...but in the meantime, here is Tuesday's post a little early to let you know all is well.  I just have one question for you...


NOTICE:  Hoarders and folks with hoarder tendencies.....DO NOT READ this post!!

The rest of you guys?  Let's talk about turning junk into fabulousness!  So last week, I go to the thrift store and there is a basket of "junk" 75% off.  Now of course, at the thrift store, the original prices are around 30 cents for each item, so at 75% off, they were each around 7 cents.  Now THAT is cheap.  However, it was junk.  I started thinking about each piece and deciding whether I could use it within a month.  If I could, I bought it.  If not, it stayed at the store.  This is the pile that came home with me.



Are you itching yet??  It all seems kind of gross right?  Here is my strategy.

1.  When I'm at the store, any cosmetics or bathroom products must be sealed.  You can tell if those little bottles have been opened or not by slightly twisting the cap.  Brand new bottles will have a little resistance when you try to twist them.  Those bottle went into my cart.  the bottles that twisted to easily went back in the bucket.

2.  When I bring them home, everything is unwrapped and anything in bottles gets thrown into a tub of soapy water (along with the other dishes and such).

Once they are cleaned up a bit, they start to seem a little bit prettier...now of course I don't need soap with a butterfly on it, but I kind of like it.  Those piles of soap in the photo above?  They were all hotel soaps.  Again, don't buy anything unopened, but new hotel soaps piled in stacks can be quite beautiful!  ...and if you don't like the look of the soap, it can still be used to make your HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAPUSEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.



Some of the items were just plain useful.  These shoelaces were in the pile in nasty old cardboard packaging.  Taken out of the packing, they are clean and brand new and still encased in a plastic wrapping.  My husband is always going out and buying new things right when he needs them (crazy I know!).  It sometimes drives me crazy that he spends regular price on everything he needs (of course, I pay sale prices for things I don't need, so I suppose it evens out).  Anyway, he often buys new shoelaces.  I have never bought a new pair of shoelaces in my life, so I was surprised when he was grabbing a pair every few months for his dress shoes.  This little pile will save us a few bucks over the next 6 months.  USEFUL.

 

Then there are all the little lotions.  The Mary Kay sample was my fav.  I love that stuff and it is quite expensive.  A new, cleaned up bottle for 7 cents --yes please!  The other little bottles are perfect to toss in a purse or in the car, especially during the winter.  The trick to making these little bottles beautiful?  Store them in a cute ceramic dish and combine them based on color.  This selection all combined shades of blue and white.  The ones that did not match were the first to get tossed in my purse.  USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.



TOTAL COST:  $1.06

Of course...if you aren't going to use the junk, it is still junk and a dollar wasted, so buy carefully!

...and like I mentioned to those with hoarding tendencies, this strategy is not for you.  If you do not use these things up, they will eventually take over your living room.  Try to buy things that you KNOW will be used up within a month or 2 and then USE THEM.  Now, THAT is USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL, don't you think?

To check out more USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL projects, peek at the DIY Page!
For my favorite USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL projects from others, you might want to check out my pinterest board titled "the inspiration"...there is gold in there!  Pure gold!

Linking up to a few parties today!

Photobucket

 AND

Refresh Your Nest! 

AND




BEAUTIFUL and USEFUL | A Thrifting Strategy for Cosmetics

Pin It

Hi all!  My blog went KAPUT earlier today (THANK YOU to Cindy and Laura and Amy for letting me KNOW!) but I'm BACK!  (Still trying to figure out what happened and sensing YET another reason to leave blogger for wordpress...advice anyone?)...but in the meantime, here is Tuesday's post a little early to let you know all is well.  I just have one question for you...


NOTICE:  Hoarders and folks with hoarder tendencies.....DO NOT READ this post!!

The rest of you guys?  Let's talk about turning junk into fabulousness!  So last week, I go to the thrift store and there is a basket of "junk" 75% off.  Now of course, at the thrift store, the original prices are around 30 cents for each item, so at 75% off, they were each around 7 cents.  Now THAT is cheap.  However, it was junk.  I started thinking about each piece and deciding whether I could use it within a month.  If I could, I bought it.  If not, it stayed at the store.  This is the pile that came home with me.



Are you itching yet??  It all seems kind of gross right?  Here is my strategy.

1.  When I'm at the store, any cosmetics or bathroom products must be sealed.  You can tell if those little bottles have been opened or not by slightly twisting the cap.  Brand new bottles will have a little resistance when you try to twist them.  Those bottle went into my cart.  the bottles that twisted to easily went back in the bucket.

2.  When I bring them home, everything is unwrapped and anything in bottles gets thrown into a tub of soapy water (along with the other dishes and such).

Once they are cleaned up a bit, they start to seem a little bit prettier...now of course I don't need soap with a butterfly on it, but I kind of like it.  Those piles of soap in the photo above?  They were all hotel soaps.  Again, don't buy anything unopened, but new hotel soaps piled in stacks can be quite beautiful!  ...and if you don't like the look of the soap, it can still be used to make your HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAPUSEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.



Some of the items were just plain useful.  These shoelaces were in the pile in nasty old cardboard packaging.  Taken out of the packing, they are clean and brand new and still encased in a plastic wrapping.  My husband is always going out and buying new things right when he needs them (crazy I know!).  It sometimes drives me crazy that he spends regular price on everything he needs (of course, I pay sale prices for things I don't need, so I suppose it evens out).  Anyway, he often buys new shoelaces.  I have never bought a new pair of shoelaces in my life, so I was surprised when he was grabbing a pair every few months for his dress shoes.  This little pile will save us a few bucks over the next 6 months.  USEFUL.

 

Then there are all the little lotions.  The Mary Kay sample was my fav.  I love that stuff and it is quite expensive.  A new, cleaned up bottle for 7 cents --yes please!  The other little bottles are perfect to toss in a purse or in the car, especially during the winter.  The trick to making these little bottles beautiful?  Store them in a cute ceramic dish and combine them based on color.  This selection all combined shades of blue and white.  The ones that did not match were the first to get tossed in my purse.  USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL.



TOTAL COST:  $1.06

Of course...if you aren't going to use the junk, it is still junk and a dollar wasted, so buy carefully!

...and like I mentioned to those with hoarding tendencies, this strategy is not for you.  If you do not use these things up, they will eventually take over your living room.  Try to buy things that you KNOW will be used up within a month or 2 and then USE THEM.  Now, THAT is USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL, don't you think?

To check out more USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL projects, peek at the DIY Page!
For my favorite USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL projects from others, you might want to check out my pinterest board titled "the inspiration"...there is gold in there!  Pure gold!

Linking up to a few parties today!

Photobucket

 AND

Refresh Your Nest! 

AND




What is IN all of those Dresser Drawers?!

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Last month, I guest posted at OrgJunkie about the way I organize my home with dresser after dresser after dresser.  What -- you missed it?  Go check it out HERE...

The comment was made that dresser drawers are sometimes hard to keep organized...and I agree!  The readers asked to see inside my dresser drawers, so I am here today to oblige :)

This is a dresser in my dinding room that I keep food styling and decorative items in.  It is a traditional 6 drawer dresser with farily deep drawers.  The way I look at these drawers is as if they are little vignettes themselves.  I seperate the drawers based on color and materials and arrange the drawers so that they look beautiful when I open them.  If they start getting cluttered, some stuff has to GO!

This drawer is the glass drawer...a few little dark metal accents and it is good to go~!
This drawer is the pink drawer...a bit of blnd wood and contrasting white and red compelte the look.

This drawer is the gold drawer...clearly right?  Browns fill out the palette.

This drawer is the white drawer...it is a bit sparse because I am using a few of the items right now.

This drawer is the wood drawer...all natural browns, oranges, yellows and greens.

This drawer is the blue drawer...accented with lime, ivory and black.

So that's it!!  All my drawers wrapped up in a pretty little white dresser!

What's in your drawer?

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