Friday, February 29, 2008

A Chaddock update

It's been awhile since my last post and I've been busy busy busy!

My little jewelry booth at Under One Roof is doing well despite the bad location of my display.

I've set up online purchasing now. I'm using PayPal's checkout process. PayPal doesn't require a person to have a PayPal account to pay, although it is an option available to customers.

I charge $3.95 for shipping. Shipping in Texas is FREE, but Texans are required to pay sales tax.

I haven't mentioned this on my web site, but I include a nice jewelry pouch with each purchase. I was considering giving you (the customer) a choice between a white gift box or the pouch, but I haven't figured out how to ship the box without spending more for shipping. The pouch I can pad and envelope. A box I'd have to box or it would most likely become a flat box.

Gotta run for now. I'll write more latter.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Tips for taking pictures of jewelry.

One of the first problems I encountered when I started making jewelry was how to take good pictures. After a bit of research, lots of errors, and great tips from Stephanie at Southern Jewelry Design, I am now able to take acceptable pictures of my jewelry. I use the word "acceptable" because the are far from commercial quality.

Here are the basic requirements needed to take good pictures of your jewelry:
1. Natural light.
2. There is no second requirement. :-)

That's right, if you have natural light.. you can get good pictures.

I take my pictures with my cell phone camera (Samsung Sync). There are many better quality digital cameras available, but I'd rather spend my money on beads right now.
I set my cell phone camera to the finest quality and largest size. I set the lighting to "automatic". The "Sync" in the name Samsung Sync means I can plug a cable from my computer to my phone and drag and drop the pictures to my computer.

If you have a problem with blurry images, you may need to consider a tripod. The blur is from the wiggle in your hands during the "picture click" process. In the beginning, I had lots of blur. After I started taking the pictures outside, my blur disappeared. I don't use a tripod.

I place my necklace on a porch swing covered with a white sheet (it's not easy taking pictures on windy days!).

If you look through all my pictures, you will notice some have a blue hue to them. These were taking at a different time of day. It is amazing how much difference a few hours can make. I found that 2pm works best for me.

One more bit of advice.. direct sunlight will give you shadows. Sometimes this my may bring out the best of a crystal piece, but it normally makes a bad picture. My porch is a covered porch, which blocks the direct sunlight and still offers the natural light I need.

Good Luck and feel free to leave comments with your own suggestions and discoveries.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My Under One Roof booth!

My necklaces are now on display and available for purchase at Under One Roof in Abilene, Texas. This is a picture that was taken after we finished setting up. Click on the picture to get a full blown, nice big view!

The only problem now is that I keep putting all my necklaces in the display.. thus leaving me with nothing to wear. :-/

I've already sold several items.. well, at least three. But I've only had it up 3 business days. I'm hoping that's a good sign!