Saturday, April 09, 2011

a bit of advice needed - Mo's Digital Pencil DT


Good morning everyone how are you all...do you have anything exciting happening this weekend...we were going to take out our lovely Daughter to celebrate her new job but my darling Phil rang last night and there has been an emergency and he cant get home this weekend so I have my sad face on :-(...right I need a bit of advice please, do any of you use a lamp to take their photos or use a light box because I am struggling with daylight atm because it seems really wishy washy and isn't showing the bright colours up and as I don't brighten them they look kinda washed out and grey, so any advice as to make, model etc of a lamp to photograph would be greatly appreciated...right my card for today is for Mo's Digital Pencil, I love this party girl don't you...as soon as I saw Veronica I knew I would use yellow for her for some reason I think it suits her...I coloured her with distress inks and the amazing papers are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts they are from the Whiff of Joy paper pad, I love this pad and the sentiment is from the same pad as there are three sheets of them at the back of it, really handy, I added some butterflies and lush yellow velvet ribbon and knot to finish...the sketch is from Mojo Monday, love their sketches don't you and I'm also entering it for the Creative Inspirations Punches & dies challenge and the DYSU Yellow challenge too...btw did you see I have more candy on the go and the winner of the last candy is in the post below...whatever you have planned I hope you have a fantastic day everyone
Mina xxx

47 comments:

Miria said...

Hi, Mina. I'm sorry I'm not able to give you advice for lamps, actually now I'm lucky enough to use natural light btw we had 28°C yesterday!
Your card is another fab one, I love how you used the butterfly on the sentiment. Hugs, Miria

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

lovely card and sorry to hear that yr husband can't come home this weekend, but hope yr weekend will be nice!

Evil Edna said...

bumer about Phil, have his dessert too then he will be there more! My beloved took some photos of my cards the other day and he put them on a blank canvas that I had and it looked wonderful. The light did not reflect in the same way, I would recomend that.EE

Christine L said...

Hi Mina
Fab card.... I was really really trying not to buy that image, cos I have enough already... but now am going to have to I think!
I was given by my darling OH an OTT light for Christmas... and it is perfect for photographing cards. Don't know if you've seen them before, but google them and you'll find out all about them.
Sorry that Phil can't get home this weekend...... what does he do?
Hugs
Christine x

Ageeth Holster said...

Good Morning Mina, I love your card its beautiful made but I repeat myself because 99% of the cards you make I do love and that other 1% is gorgeous soo......
I mostly use the special lightbox I bought on my camera. This is great because wenn it is dark in the house, the pics are very natural.
We are going to a concert of Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) tonight Mina, and we ordered the tickets already in august 2010, so tonight yes finally we are going out after a long time of troubles with my hernia.
Have a nice weekend yourself!! Hugs Ageeth xx

Julie M said...

Morning Mina, I love the card - gorgeous colours - and love Mo's fab artwork as always. I have had awful light trouble photographing my cards too, but during the week I got a portable mini studio and two daylight lamps (Mother's Day pressie!!!!) off ebay - cost about £50 including postage. I haven't used the setup yet, but have high hopes!! Will let you know how it goes.

Julie x

Frea said...

Hi Mina, finaly and image of a normal looking woman (read like me LOL) instead of those pretty tight girls!! Love this card and the pretty yellow papers. Hugs, Frea

Janette said...

Hi Mina, WOW I just love this, that image is so brilliant, actually looks just like my friend....lol...lets keep that bit on the QT shall we....lol...as for the light, sorry, mine are always pretty much hit and miss....xxx

Jackie said...

Beautiful card, it doesn't look like it's washed out to me :o)
I take my pics in natural daylight with the card on an easel in the window of my craftroom and a sheet of white card behind it, no flash!
Jackie xx

Jane said...

Ah this is stunning Mina!! Love these colours and gorgeous butterfly details! Sorry, can't help on the light front - I take mine next to the patio doors. Sorry to hear Phil can't make it home - always a downer when plans have to be changed :( Hope you enjoy your weekend still, hugs, Jane x

Marja Rolfes said...

Dear Mina, I love the card. What I do when I make a picture...I hang up a white cloth and I'm right next to a big window....but indeed, when it's grey outside, my pics look a bit wishy washy too. I could use my dayligt lamp I use for therapy, but it's such a big lump to put down on my table...so I don't use a lamp...sorry I can't be of much help...
xxx
Dutch Tulip
Marja

Penni said...

Gorgeous card Mina I love the colours you've used.

As for photos, I do use a Photo Tent - here's a link for the one I have http://www.maplin.co.uk/ebay-photo-studio-kit-229132

It has a blue or grey background, but I use a white sheet instead.

I also tidy my pics up, add a frame and watermark using Paint Shop Pro.

Hope this helps.

Hugs
Penni
X

Chrissy said...

Great card Mina...sorry cant help with the photo taking...I just find a bit of sun and hope for the best...lol..
Luv CHRISSYxx

Laura said...

love thisc ard babe the image is FAB. I use a lamp it was a cheapy clip on ikea reading lamp and i think its pretty cool, it wasnt expensive either and it really bright.

Sue said...

Hi Mina,fabulous card,love this image its fab.Great colours on your card.Sorry cant help with youe lamp,I have the same problem.Sorry your Phil cant be with you,Im so pleased for your Daughter,give her a hug from me.
Hugs Sue xx

laney said...

oooh Mina she is fab!!! a beautiful card, sorry I cant give advice about lamps , but will be interested to find out as I'm having the same trouble
hugs
laney

WencheP said...

The image is really fabulous - I absolutely love it, beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

-Wenche

theCook said...

I use a daylight spot. The brand is Sumikon, apparently it is German but I bought it on a French online site. I can't really give you advice since I'm not a good photographer...

Tracy said...

Hi Mina! I always enjoy seeing your creations. Mo's images always make me smile.
I'm including a link for my blog with instructions for making a VERY simple and inexpensive light box.
http://iwannabuildamemory.blogspot.com/2010/10/some-news-and-light-box-instructions.html
You can check out the cards on my blog to see if you like how the pics turn out. Hugs!

Maris said...

hi Mina ,hihihi stunning card, she lookes like me whaaa, have a great weekend for you, your husband and lovely daugther xx

My'scardcorner said...

What a happy image and love how youve presented it. Hope you have a good week end with your daughter.
Myrax

tilly said...

sorry, not much use taking photo's !!! this is such a fun image and love the yellow you choses
Tilly off to Southport for a bit of sun lol

Marie-Anne said...

What a lovely card!

I use a "photostudio-box" like this one: http://www.darjanpanic.com/photography/making-a-macro-photography-studio-for-5e/ for making photo's of my cards. I put a 3 daylight lamps around it, and my pictures are looking great then.

Marie-Anne

Gypsy said...

Wonderful. The card is so funny and make me happy.

Many greetings
Reni

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie love this card its gorgeous the image is fabulous I love it & I especially love the colour hun. This pad really is gorgeous isn't it I love it.
Regarding your pics hun now I'm trying my best take them outside there is nothing better than natural light on handmade cards. When thats not possible I use a mini light studio which I got off amazon for £50 I got the tent with 4 different coloured backgrounds & it came with 2 photographic lights. It good actually cus it minimises sheen & shadows I havent used mine for a few weeks tho cus I'm still on sorting things out in my craft room so at the mo I'm just using the background out of the tent & a natural daylight lamp. I have 2 big 100 watt lights in my craft room on the ceiling but they are still not as good at the daylight ones....they dont show true colours & I never have any time to edit photos in a package thing....actually I've nver done it lol.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

ellabella said...

This card is completely gorgeous, Mina! The design elements are fabulous and your coloring is wonderful! Hugs Janine

D K Crafts said...

Hi Mina. Beautiful card. Love the image and the colours and layout are great. Sorry to hear Phil won't be home this weekend. Donna

coops said...

fantastic card mina.i love the fun image and great colours and papers.
i take my pics at night with a white background but i do have to brighten mine by editing them.i use paint.net :D

xx coops xx

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Mina.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lisa Jane said...

LOve the card Mina - that image is fab.
Sorry Phil cant get home. i am sure he will treat you both when he does lol
Now i have a very techinical peice of kit i use when taking pics .. its called the cooker hood in the kitchen lol..
Lisa x

Ellie Maggie said...

Hi Mina, wow what a fabulous card! I always love Mo Manning's images but this one made me chuckle! At last a realistic womanly shape, not just a stick-thin one. Yellow really suits her and the velvet ribbon is gorgeous. Love everything about it, fab.

I put my cards on the table (no pun intended LOL) with the ceiling light on and take my photos with my mobile phone, no flash, then edit them with Picasa which is soooo easy to use. Take a look at my blog and see what you think. Now it's brighter outside I'll try good old daylight with a blank canvas behind - thanks Evil Edna for that tip.

Best of luck with photos and enjoy your weekend as best you can without hubby, congrats to daughter.
Hugs,
Ellie Maggie x

Bernadet said...

your card is very beautiful Mina.
Fab image, and the papers.... ooo so great

Janna Werner said...

Heya Mina, this card is gorgeous and she is so hot!! Glad you joined us this week at DYSU Challenge Blog, thanks so much! Janna

Susie Sugar said...

Wow Mina this is so sassy I love it to bits
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

pinky said...

No advise from me I'm afraid Mina but I do love this card, what a girl eh and love the grey and yellow with her.

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Mina :)

I use a variety of methods, from natural daylight in a large window on a good day, to making my own lightbox out of white card on a desk and a daylight lamp. (daylight lamps can make pictures sharp/hard/blue though and so you still have to fiddle with software imo.

but the best thing of all for me is to use adobe lightroom software. Almost 3 or 4 clicks and I'm good to go.

But even when I just want to lighten a little I can get away with the micosoft office picture manager which allows me to adjust the brightness.

I understand what you mean though. I am never happy with the photograph until I have made it look true to the original.

Love your card, its such a fabby image and it does look glorious in yellow.

Hope you still have a cracking weekend,

hugs

xxalisonxx

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Card is funny, gorgeous, and just down right awesome. I'm going to have to get the dictionary out to find more adjectives to describe your incredible talent. Really!

Lorraine said...

Another beautiful card, Mina! Sorry Phil couldn't make it home - hope you're not still wearing your sad face :( and I can't help you with the lightbox - because I need one, too. Most of the time it's still night when I want to photo & post but the photos are yucky in the dark.

Jacqueline (Sjakkie) said...

What a funny card Mina, so beautiful!
I'll hope you had a great weekend with your daughter.
Hugs Jacqueline

Miranda said...

fantastic card Mina, and the image is very funny
lovely
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge this week
hugs
Miranda

Aussie Loz said...

gorgeous card Mina!! I've been reading all the suggestions about photographing... I need help too!! ♥

Linda C said...

Hi Mina. I am going to email a website to you that Shirley - Tangents from Tazmania shared with me. Hope it helps. Your card looks lovely though.

Aunty Sue said...

Love the image mina and thanks for sharing with Creative inspirations this week

Flip-Flop Creations said...

Mina, I love the colors. When it's dark & cloudy here I take a pic and go to www.picnik.com and edit. They have lots of free functions and always help me pull out the "real" colors of my cards. ~jeni :)

Diane said...

Party girl looks like she's really enjoying herself on your card, Mina! Yes, yellow is the perfect colour for her!
I use two Daylight brand lamps when I'm taking photos because I find that the natural daylight in our apartment is either too bright or too gloomy!
Diane x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Love this image! Love this card! Hugs, Lesley

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Mina, I'm on catch up and I've missed so much I'm sorry:{ Your card is fabulous and I'm really sorry about your celebrations being spoiled. I hope you can postpone, perhaps:0)
I use an Ottlite and find this the best to get good colours at night. I have to say I love the gorgeous colour of your photos they have a lovely golden hue to them it's very special ( just to throw a spanner in):0) xxx

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