Not exactly flower related, but just some general craft/diy knowledge I thought I would share. A little behind the scenes action, if you will.
One of my focuses while building my Etsy site is to take better pictures. Not that my pictures are terrible, but they're not exactly professional quality either. Last November I upgraded to an iPhone (don't get too excited; it's a 5c!) which takes significantly better photos than the Google Nexus did (sorry, Goog!) although I'm still drooling over a DSLR camera...
But in the meantime, my fledgling business and I can only afford the smart phone I already have, and whatever craft supplies I have around the house to build a lightbox, like this one.
Originally, I was just taking photos outside on my porch, but that can get tricky because a) the roof leaks, b) I live in Florida, c) it rains all the time (see this post). I read a few internet articles about lightbox building, and set to work deconstructing a cardboard box and putting tissue paper all over it.
Now, I could've just gone to the dollar tree and bought some posterboard for my background, but why spend $1 when I could use an old dress that I don't wear anymore and have a pretty lacy background instead of a boring ol' white one?
My next problem in this project is the lightbulb situation. I have 3 lamps that I have strategically placed around the outside of the lightbox (using the help of some books and old cake dummies to get the heights right; I should invest in adjustable lamps next! I heard OttLite lamps are really good for this sort of thing), but for now I just need the right bulbs. I tried using the bulbs I already had, but they cast a really yellow light-- nope! The internet told me I needed "daylight" bulbs, so off to Wal-Mart I went to spend $30 on "daylight" lightbulbs... only to find out that the LED variety I bought makes these nasty little flicker lines all over my photos!
Then I went to Lowe's with my boyfriend to spend a ridiculously long time looking for diy supplies. I didn't even have time to inspire myself in the garden section! However, we did get the little doodads I needed to fix my $7 clearance sale tripod so that my iPhone would sit on it, and I finally got some CFL daylight bulbs-- and for half the price as the ones from Wal-Mart. I think I spent about $20 on this whole lightbox project (not including the dress or the tissue paper or the box, since I already had those lying around) which is definitely within my teeny tiny budget.
Now that I've got the lighting situation under control, I just need to work on taking good pictures! Challenge accepted :)