I have great news! There is no longer a need to go out and purchase a DSLR camera and a macro lens costing a thousand dollars or more in order to do macro photography thanks to a great little macro lens called Little BigShot. This snap-on macro lens was invented by David, my business partner. Shown below are four photographs of a ring that were taken with and without using the Little BigShot attachable macro lens. All four ring images were taken using the same ring, same camera, and the camera was positioned two inches away from the ring in all of the images.
As you can see in the macro photo example shown a... » Read More
I have been selling on Artfire for two years. I have made over 200 sales on Artfire. I wrote an ebook about Artfire titled Artfire A Venue For Buying and Selling Handmade Crafts Online. This ebook is now available for purchase in my Artfire studio.It is no secret that I am a strong supporter of Artfire.com, after all I am a Maven. One of the responsibilities of being an Artfire Maven is to promote Artfire. I want to encourage both buyers and sellers to shop and sell on Artfire.Buyers do not have to register in order to purchase handmade goods, vintage and supplies on Artfire. As a buyer you help support the individual artists wh... » Read More
Published: 07-25-2012 11:57am Posted In: Eliminate Glare When Photographing Jewelry
When you have glare the best way to get rid of the glare and reflections is either by going outside on an overcast day and photographing your jewelry. When photographing your jewelry indoors you eliminate glare and reflections by reflecting the light onto your jewelry rather than shining the light from your light source directly onto the subject. Don't use light from your camera's flash to photograph your jewelry.
The only glare on the image of the black striped pendant shown above is along the right hand edge of the pendant. If you look closely you will notice four very small glare spots that are all slightly larger than ... » Read More
With so many new Artisans coming to Artfire to sell their handmade craft products I decided to write a third ebook. My third ebook is titled SEO For Artfire Arisans.
I have been helping Artfire artisans with their Artfire studio product SEO since I became a Pro seller on Artfire on October 1, 2010.
Here is a example of my SEO qualifications using one of the products that I have listed on Artfire. On January 29, 2012, I did a search on Google for the keyword search term- "Colorado Railroad Steam Engine #71." My Steam Engine, Colorado Central Railroad Locomotive #71 photo Note Card is #5 on Google for that keyword search term.
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Google has decided to streamline their business and one of the things that they will be doing is shutting down Picnik, which is a popular image enhancement software program, on April 19, 2012.Now may be a good time to learn something new and start learning how to use GIMP, which is available for free from http://gimp.org, as a replacement to Pickik to edit your digital photographs.GIMP is a very powerful photo enhancement software program that is similar to Photoshop. Both of these software programs have a pretty steap learning curve. I have a solution to the GIMP software learning curve. My GIMP photo editing ebook teaches everything... » Read More
One of my most popular products is a matted photograph of a waterfall and some aspen trees. The waterfall is not very large because it is a similated waterfall. There is also a small pond in this landscape photograph.I took this photograph of the waterfall in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the former mining town of Black Hawk, Colorado. This landscape photograph was taken in the Spring.There is a brown mining cart at the entrance to a simulated mine on the right hand side of this image.If you like landscape photography you will like this photograph.
As of February 23, 2012 I am offering two different discounts on all of the products... » Read More
Published: 12-06-2011 12:15pm Posted In: Jewelry and Craft Photography
As of 8-9-2012, my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook has been updated. This is the second time that I have updated this ebook in the five years that I have been selling this jewerly photograpy tutorial.This updated ebook has 15 chapters, 60 pages of helpful information on how to photograph jewelry and other handmade craft products. The selling price is only $6.99. This jewelry photography tutorial can be found in my JimJuris Artfire studio.Here is the Table of Contents for my ebook:Buying a cameraBecoming familiar with your digital camera Using a tripod and the camera's self-timer for sharp imagesProgram, shutter... » Read More
I was playing around late last night and this morning trying to photograph an empty wine glass. Last night I took the photographs of the wine glass using a single light source, no flash. I used reflective light from my goose neck halogen desk lamp for the lighting.Here are my 3 best wine glass photographs. All of these photographs where edited using GIMP.This first photograph was taken with only reflective light and a black background. The second wine glass photograph was also taken using a black background but the black poster board in this photograph had some blue in the background which I just left pretty much alone when I edited the ... » Read More
Artfire.com is a selling venue where you can purchase handmade arts and crafts products. One of the nice things about shopping for handmade products on Artfire is that there is no need to register with Artfire.com in order to purchase your handmade arts and crafts products. With 15,000 sellers on Artfire you will be able to find many types of handmade products such as bath and body, jewelry, photographs, greeting cards, purses, etc.
The photograph below says it all when it comes to buying handmade items on Artfire.com.
In my JimJuris Artfire studio I sell matted photographs, greeting cards, photo magnets, and two photography ebooks that... » Read More