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Bead Lovers Korner: October 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Carlo Biagi Glass Beads Fit Pandora Bracelets

Murano Style Glass Birthstone Beads by Carlo Biagi Jewelry

Carlo Biagi Colorful Glass Birthstone beads are a wonderful option for adding color to any European Style bracelet such as Pandora Bracelets, Troll, Chamilia and more. Several years ago, these and other styles of Glass European Beads were very popular and then the trend dropped off and went to other types, but with a poor economy they are just the perfect addition to a bracelet.
Ruby Red Glass Bead for July Birthstone, also great for Christmas!

With the Holidays approaching, some people may be on a tight budget, these beads are a great economical choice for gifts or for creating a colorful Holiday theme by adding color between Sterling Silver Beads!!

Murano Style Glass with Silver Leafing
Made of Murano Style Glass, these beads have a large smooth inner hole and are lined with Silver Leafing. The hole diameter is 5mm and compatible with all European style bracelets or necklace chains that are smaller than 5mm. They can also be used on leather or cord bracelets. The beads pictured here in this blog post are shown on the Carlo Biagi Stainless Steel Wire Bangle.
Peridot Green Birthstone for August

What is Silver Leafing?
Silver Leafing is a thin foil like sheet of silver that is applied inside the core of the bead. This gives a beautiful shimmering effect when seen though the glass on light colors.

These beautiful beads are available in popular Birthstone Colors on:
Bead Lovers Korner Website
Bead Lovers Korner Ebay Store
Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop 

Go Check them out today!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How to Take Pictures

Glass European Bead Teal Blue with White Polka Dots

I have been selling online for 11-12 years and have learned quite a lot about taking pictures of products so that customers can see the detail and not be disappointed when they receive the item. I decided to write this blog post as a "Photography for Dummies" and share my process so that others can learn to take excellent pictures without having to be a professional photographer. When I began I would take a picture on a textured surface but I have since learned how to give it that photo studio look and I have been re-shooting everything.

Orange and White Lampwork Glass European Bead

A good picture is really important for getting found on Etsy, Ebay or Websites and helping to close the sale. I have read tons of blog posts on photography, have NEVER read my camera manual and do not know any of the technical stuff about light, shutter speed, blah, blah, blah.... but I DO know that natural lighting is THE best way to photograph beads, jewelry or just about anything.

Portable Photo Studio
My photo studio is in my driveway. I currently use this tackle box with a piece of tile to keep a flat surface and a piece of white paper covering the tile. If you watch the items that are seen on the front page of Etsy, they usually have a white background. The beach towel keeps me from getting dirty, LOL! This is portable, keeps me flexible (having to get up and down), and was totally free since I had these items.

Tackle Box with Tile and White Paper
Indoor pictures need special lighting or they will turn out yellowish, have reflections of the surrounding items, flash or annoying shadows. I take ALL my pictures outdoors on a cloudy or overcast day, sometimes I get good shots first thing in the morning before the sun comes out, but many times that is too blue. Light cloud cover is optimal!

I have an Olympus C-4000 Zoom, 4.0 Megapixel, Optical 3x Zoom/Seamless Zoom 10x Optical x Digital. Not sure what all that means, but the Optical Zoom gets super resolution and when I download the pictures onto my computer I can then zoom further with Photoshop. Both my camera and Photoshop are not the newest versions but they work fine for now. The camera is set to take pictures on a really large format (like a poster), it came that way and I have never changed the settings. This way I can have a picture with high resolution at any size I choose. I spent about $500.00 on this camera and have had it for about 10 years. So today you can probably get an even better one for less money.

Photo editing is a very important part and I have Photoshop which is quite expensive, but all editing programs have some sort of brightness feature I am sure, if the pics are a little gray you can lighten them. If they are too blue you can set the white point in your levels and adjust the picture.

Setting White Levels
In Photoshop you select image, adjustments, levels and then you get the setting box above, select the eye dropper on the far right (which is for white) and then touch the section of your image that should be white. This brightens the whole picture.

Sterling Silver Snowflake Charm or Pendant

I will end here for now, please feel free to ask questions or leave comments. I will plan on another blog post in the future going into more detail with photo editing.

So have fun and Happy Photographing!!

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