Last week I was looking for other platforms to make my tutorials available online. One of the suggestions was crafster.org - which I have since discovered is a fantastic site! So many inspiring projects - and a great commuity of people there! Posting my work there is also bringing another source of traffic here to my site, which is also great!
Another site suggested was Craftgawker.
I was also warned that your photos have to be really good for your work to be accepted here!
Sure enough, the first one I sent was rejected because the photo wasn't good enough!
This was the rejected photo, for my insulated lunch bags:
I thought this photo was quite nice! Would it make a difference do you think if I brightened the colours a little? That's about the extent of my computer photo editing so far!
Maybe? maybe not! I think the background is too busy to show off the bags!
I need to take more care when I actually take the photos - as well as making use of photo editors on the computer too!
The next photo I submitted was accepted!
This one is for a bag I made from an old pair of shorts:
I hadn't edited this photo - but it was taken just after I discovered photos taken on our outdoor glass table had really good lighting!
I've decided that I will take more care with my photos from now on, having had one of my photos rejected- made me more aware of the importance of good pictures!
Aside from lighting, and editing software - I also learned how to add borders to my photos in my blog posts too!
I found the tutorial here at Design it Chic- along with more great tips and ideas for improving your blog!
Basically you just insert the photo as usual, then change to "Edit HTML" and find in your image where it says
You then replace that with:
style="border: 4px solid #C3C499;"
This produces a greenish border like this:
But I found a website, where you can look up the code for the exact colour border you want:
Simply find and replace the number after the # for the one you want like this one (Magenta):
Brilliant!! And so simple!
How about you? Do you edit your photos before adding them to your blog? What software do you use? Have you found a great spot - or time of day to take photos?
Do you have any tips or hints you can share?
Now having started to try harder with my photos - if you want to see some results - check out my
tutorial for another clothes upcycling project of mine!