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Taking White Balance is not as easy as it sounds.  It looks like there is going to be a lot of trial and error before I figure it out.

Above is a JN belt pic take with White Balance.  It was set to incandescent (or Tungsten) and still came out with this horrible grey blue sooty cast.  And the pic above was the best one of the lot.

Many of the others were all sickly yellow. I tried various other settings, too.  No improvement. And of course I lost bit depth (which is why you cannot see the canvas clearly) when I used auto adjust in Windows Media to fix the morbid grey pallor of these two shots.

I’m just going to have to experiment with a lot of various settings before I get this right.  Sunlight is always best, of course, but this is summertime, and it rains all the time in South Florida during the summer, so tough cookies. Be nice to take a course in Digital Photography– wait, this has to be done by tomorrow!

Oh well. So much for that; although actually most canvases, particularly those that have a lot of paint in their design, pose no such problems.  It’s these long and skinny belts that have just only inter-spaced images (as you see above) on acres of unpainted canvas that present all these problems in terms of digitally photographing them.

Taking a break now from the Photography 101 session. If you think this easy, try fiddling with these camera icons that are the size of a gnat’s brain!

Think I’ll go down to the store to take regular pics of the progress that was made yesterday, then resume my ace photographer boot camp training after the World Cup finals.

Maybe this will keep my mind nimble, or sumpin’.

You know, this constant challenge to have to figure out the ins and outs of widely disparate technologies — from how best to display needlepoint catalogs on smartphones, to working advanced state-of-the-art credit card processing terminals that come with no manuals, to creative carpentry, to store security systems that require a fast half trot from the time you unlock the store front door to getting to the disarm unit before the cops show up as you’re fumbling in the dark and in a cold sweat.

Part and parcel of having a startup I reckon!


© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


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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