Sunday, September 26, 2010


Today I have a small demonstration in frugality for you. With the help of my trusty assistant we will attempt to show you an inexpensive way to photograph small objects inside.
Feel free to take notes if you wish. If everyone is ready we will begin. 

After the construction of our backdrop was complete my trusty assistant brought in our subject.

He carefully placed the subject and did a double check to make sure the placement was correct

Once everything was in place he quickly moved out of the way for the shot.

And here are our final samples for your review.
You will note that the before picture is less than perfect but that can be corrected. You may try one of the following methods
1) use an editing program such as photoshop elements
2) learn how to properly adjust the settings on your camera
3) stop being so cheap and buy proper lighting.

Yes it was cold, dreary and I was bored when I did this but Duke and I had fun.


  1. You make a dynamic duo with the photo exercise.Nice to share some tips,looks like you are getting change of color also.

  2. Way cool, but if it wasn't for Duke this wouldn't have turned out so well. Just saying.

    Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

  3. very nice. you are a great photographer!

  4. your methods appeal to my Thrifty nature...:)

  5. Great job! Your assistant is as cute as can be! I needed to take pictures of jewelry today but it was cloudy. Sure wish I had Duke's help so I could have accomplished something!

  6. Wow! Duke as a photographer assistant! So cool! I don't like the word cheap. Affordable is more like it.

  7. Great stuff Ann. And by the way for those who may be interested the new Photoshop is out with a free thirty day trial. Guess who is giving it a test run??

  8. I use that method all the time! Works for me.

  9. I like your assistant. Everyone needs help like that!

  10. Nice sequence...Made me smile - a lot!

  11. Thanks for the tips and it looks like you had such a great helper too! ;D

  12. This is fun... and your assistant is most helpful. Hope he got a huge treat after all the "hard" work.. hhehehe

    this setup works very well. The shot of the autumn leaves are very nice. Kudos Ann!

  13. I think your assistant deserves a raise! Very cute and I love silly, you're great at this Annie and thumbs up to the Duke.

  14. Cool demonstration! I learned a lot. And by the way, your assistant was good. Kudos to both of you! :D

  15. I could use better lighting, but that's pretty much what I've done with my Etsy shop stuff (except I used scrapbook paper for my backdrops *grin*). Of course I didn't have a fabulous assistant either - Bella doesn't quite fit in the house ;o)

  16. Please forgive me if this hurts your feelings, but I am quite sure that you could not have pulled off that demonstration so successfully without the help of your wonderful assistant. I hope he got paid well.

  17. We make a lot of after-the-shot adjustments with Photoshop, too!

  18. Woof! Woof! Thanks Ann .. gave me an idea to use burlap. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  19. You and Duke could open your own photo shop. Thanks for the tips. Can I borrow Duke?

  20. Looks like you and Duke had a good time. Great project for a dreary day.

  21. I think you should package the cardboard and cloth and sell it on E-Bay as a photo booth.

  22. Duke, you are such a big help. Thanks for that mini lesson in fixing photos. I am going to try that. I do have the Photoshop elements. The second picture does look better.
    Good job Duke.
    Have a great day.

  23. You and your assistant did a great job.

  24. out on the prairie, just like batman and robin huh?

    sandee I so agree, Duke had a big paw in it :)

    roschelle well I would say great wanna be

    livintheblues gotta love thrifty, although splurging on some of the fancy equipment would be nice too

    beaded tail he's a great assistant and always so willing too

    vanilla seven and this was all very

    kloggers oh cool. As much as I would love to get photoshop I just can't justify that much money, I have to settle for photoshop elements. It's really a very good progam itself though

    sharkbytes yes it does. I should try and get some different lights though. I just need another lamp or

    Lin he's a very good assistant

    Grace made me smile doing it :)

    Julie oh very good.

    Anny thanks, it was fun to do. Of course got treats afterwards, he insisted upon it :)

    Miawa hmmm I'll take that under

    Junezach thanks, and my assistant thanks you too

    Jen I've thought about getting some different lamps but when I price them I change my (cheapo) Scrapbook paper makes a good background too

    Fishhawk My feelings are not hurt a bit, in fact I couldn't agree with you more

    Daisy couldn't live without the program.

    Sugar, I bought that burlap a couple years ago for a craft project that I never got around to. I love the look and it fit for a fall theme

    poetic shutterbug I'll check Duke's calendar and see if he's available :)

    Russ well I know he did, he was glad that I wasn't staring at the computer again

    Bossy Betty on E-Bay I'm sure someone would buy it

    marg amazing what a little lighting change can do huh?

    b boys mom why thank you, we had fun too.

  25. My daughter (she is 3) "helped" me today. She felt I needed pink chiffon to photograph a little boy's pacifier clip. I think Duke just might be a better listener:)
    And I am always on the look out for great photo tips.

  26. Hey, you and Duke did a great job! Nothing wrong with cheap, er, I mean, frugal! I need to get my imaginary rabbit, Marty, to help me out like Duke helps you!

  27. Gosh, Ann... you have the best assistant ever! :D

  28. Great job Duke! Oh, and you too Ann!

    Love the photos...a lot!

  29. Hi Miz Ann! I'm back...finally!
    LOVE this idea!! And Yes, I'm cheap too!!Hahaaa

  30. I read this post to Louis while stranded in my car on the side of the road on Sunday night. Thanks for the laugh! I giggled. You and Duke have so much fun :) Louis would have eaten the leaves and the burlap.

    Oh well..he was lovely company while I was stranded. That counts for something!

  31. Nico how cute, there are times when photographer and assistant don't see eye to eye on the set

    donna we work well together sometimes and we like frugal

    nessa thanks, I think so too

    marie oh yeah, give top billing to the

    donna yeah your back. cheap is wonderful isn't it? :)

    DSS glad Duke and I could help entertain you and Louis while you were stranded.


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