Just a quick post before I head off to the store to take pics of my brand new store sign!!!

Still tons of little things to do.  Not one big thing, just lots of little ones.  But the store shall open this month, promise.

So I will have a full report very soon, but until then, I have to tell you I am extremely unhappy with the quality of my belt pics.  Taking good pictures of belts is no snappy happy task, it turns out.

These canvases are long, and often don’t have a lot of paint on them, and so come under regular neon store light looking pretty awful – some times they even look as if they have dirt or dust on them, when in fact in real life these are spanking new and beautiful.

I probably have to create overnight a mini little “studio” with the right sort of light, and have my camera mounted on a tripod, and then pin each belt against a foam background (may have to steam and iron the belt to get them to straighten out attractively, as they are usually delivered folded in two, which leaves a mark that any digital camera will pick up), and take each pic at the exact same distance between camera and belt.  Using Gimp etc does not help as image manipulations changes the size of the belts, making them look uneven in a gallery.

It’s really quite a problem.  So if anyone has any bright (ha ha) ideas as to how best to take belt pictures, that doesn’t cost a fortune in fancy cameras and custom studios, please please please send them over — I’m not too proud to ask!

Okay, really gotta run.  I am like the Turbo Snail you see pictured above.

I may look like I’m moving fast, in every direction, but really, in the end, I’m feel at times like I’m just a wee turbo snail!


ps many thanks to Marilyn for making the suggestion about changing the opacity of my watermark.  I also didn’t realize that TSR allows you to switch the position of the watermark, so I did on some of the belts to see how this would look.

© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016

Snail pic from Reef Stock


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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