Best Photo Forward WebinarWhen I surveyed Needlework Nutshell subscribers (rego box in the sidebar) several months ago, I was surprised and excited to discover more than 80% of respondents are either in the craft business or would like to be. Who knew?! I get business-related questions from readers, to be sure, but it never occurred to me that so many people might be interested in the answers. Naturally, I want to help, and here, I think, is a good first step.
The business angles of my fellow Nuts (if you are a Nutshell reader, you are a Nut—deal with it) varies: Some sell (or want to sell) the crafts they make; others sell patterns; others sell supplies; others teach; and so on. What we all have in common is a need to post images of our work online, whether it’s on a website, Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, or somewhere else.
Crafts never look as good in images as they do in person, and even if we sell in person at craft fairs and trade shows, we will likely want to reach a wider audience online to draw more traffic to our venues. Any way you slice it, we need the best possible images of our work.
If you or your best friend is a professional studio photographer, then you are in luck. If you can afford to hire a professional studio photographer, then you are in luck, too. If you’re eagerly waiting for Plan C right now, join the club! (Remember, Mike is a nature and wildlife photographer, not a studio photographer.) We will point and click and hope for the best.
And then we’re going to work magic with our computers.
What? You don’t know computer magic? Well, guess what. My friend, Melissa, does, and she has agreed to teach us her tricks. Woo-hoo!
Our Instructor: Melissa ShanhunMelissa Shanhun is a leading digital scrapbooker from Australia. She teaches hands-on workshops in Perth. So who wants to go to Australia with me to learn digital image magic?! Just kidding. Sort of.
Melissa also offers webinars; that is, live, real-time seminars on the Wide Wonderful Web. And, afterward, recordings of those webinars for us slow learners who need to see things a few times to really get a handle on them. (Cut us some slack; our brains are just jam-packed with cool knowledge. Do you know that Alaska is the only US state name that is typed with letters from a single row on a standard keyboard? See what I mean? Jam-packed, my brain is.)
Here’s the scoop: I’ve persuaded Melissa to teach us how to adjust our embroidery images with PhotoShop Elements to make them better reflect the true awesomeness of the real things.I have struggled with digital images of Funk & Weber patterns for twelve years. Mike and I have taken hundreds of pictures. Ideally, we wait for good weather, take them outside, and pretend they are moose and caribou. Those tend to be the best photos, but even then, they aren’t perfect: Sometimes the piece looks curved or out of square; way too often, the colors aren’t quite right; and then there’s the problem of reducing a large piece to a thumbnail image that actually looks a little like the real thing. These things still drive me nuts! Arghhhh!
But Melissa’s going to help me—and you—learn how to fix these problems like pros. Join us on March 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST for the webinar: Best Photo Forward: Refining Photos of Fine Embroidery with PhotoShop Elements. If you can’t attend live, that’s okay. You’ll have access to the recording, handouts, files, and bonuses, so you can learn at your own pace at your own convenience.
How Webinars Work
I will take care of your registration for the webinar. You will receive email confirmation and a link to click on March 20th that will take you to the webinar site. We’ll watch Melissa work her image magic and hear her explain what she’s doing—with her cool Australian accent, no less, mate!
I’ll probably just be ooooing and ahhhhing or asking questions. We’ll all be able to type questions into a chat box.
Afterward, you’ll receive info via email with links to watch the recording and download accompanying materials.
Of course, I’m here to answer any questions you have, and if I don’t have the answer, Melissa probably does.
The Whole Shebang
When you register, this is what you receive:
- Access to the live workshop
- Handouts and resources used in the event
- Ongoing access to the workshop recordings
- Sample files so that you can see follow along with the demonstrations
- BONUS Photo Fixes for Real People – a jump start on using Photoshop Elements to improve your photos (Valued at $20). In this, Melissa teaches us how to digitally turn overcast skies blue; clean food from a baby’s face–or, um, mine; create a great group shot with everyone smiling; and remove red eye.
- BONUS Jen’s Top 10 Ways to Use Images of Our Embroidery (priceless, as you know).
A Contest for a Free Ticket!
But of course I’m holding a contest—and you don’t even have to solve a puzzle to participate! All I want is for you to comment on this post, telling me the biggest problem you have with your digital images. What problem would you like to learn to solve? Who knows, maybe we can solve it. You have until midnight (Alaska time) March 8th to post your comment.
A winner will be randomly selected, notified, and posted here on March 9th.