Best Photo Forward Webinar

Best Photo Forward webinar with Melissa Shanhun

Best Photo Forward webinar with leading Australian digital scrapbooking teacher, Meliss Shanhun.

When 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 Shanhun

Photo of digital scrapbooking pro, Melissa Shanhun.

Meet digital scrapbooking pro, Melissa Shanhun.

Melissa 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.

The Trail Home digital pattern fix

Check out the difference! The image is squared. Colors are brightened. It's got a whole new frame. Wow!

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

What in the World? digital image fix

It's like a new image altogether. Come learn how to make your photos look more like the real embroidery.

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).

Registner now for just $40.

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.

31 Responses to “Best Photo Forward Webinar”

  1. […] the Web * how to frame a piece digitally and more. To find out more and to enter to win visit this blog post. You can also find out how to register for the webinar or learn more here. Enter soon – the […]

    March 4, 2012 @ 11:56 am
  2. Judy Milde

    The biggest problem I have with digital images is getting the right light so the colors in the picture are true.

    March 5, 2012 @ 10:52 am
  3. Jen

    Me, too; me, three; and me, four!

    March 5, 2012 @ 11:26 am
  4. C Ford

    I agree, getting the colors of the floss and especially the fabric to be ‘true’ is my biggest problem.

    March 5, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
  5. I have a problem getting my pieces to be straight even when taking the photo parallel to the piece. Color and lighting is most important and I would be especially interested to know if natural sunlight or artificial lighting of some sort is best…probably more than you wanted…

    March 5, 2012 @ 4:23 pm
  6. Debi Murray

    I agree. My fabrics never look the color they actually are.

    March 5, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
  7. […] Go to Jen’s blog post to enter the giveaway before midnight (Alaska time) March 8. Her post also offers more details about the webinar and a registration link. […]

    March 5, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
  8. I create crazy quilts filled with embellishments. It’s difficult getting lighting correct with diverse fabrics such as velvets and satins and all the various threads, beads, laces and doodads. How do I convey the richness of all elements without things looking washed out or too dark?

    March 6, 2012 @ 1:10 am
  9. I so need this webinar. My photos need the resizing…color, well, your guess is as good as mine…is that a shadow or is the fabric dirty?…..HELP!

    March 6, 2012 @ 2:56 am
  10. Jen, correct color is also a top difficulty for me. In addition I am interested in learning the best ways photos can be combined (on a cover) picturing the various ideas in which a design can be stitched

    March 6, 2012 @ 3:49 am
  11. My greatest problem is making my lines look continuous, purposeful and smooth. I know that there is a limit to how smooth the lines are, but somehow I always get confused when trying to convert color into realistic floss skeins, and then applying them. I rip out more stitches than I keep in to be honest. So to sum it up, I’d say that I have problems organising and planning my project and realistically transferring the digital image to an embroidered one.

    March 6, 2012 @ 4:41 am
  12. I have trouble getting the white areas of a design to really look white, without lightening up the other areas too much. And for the life of me, I cannot figure out why square frames don’t always look square in the pic, like they’re curving away on one side?

    March 6, 2012 @ 6:56 am
  13. ,ike others, the color and clarity would be of great help. I once drove myself crazy trying to straighten a picture when it was the frame. I needed to know how to stretch a corner to make the frame square. I also want to know if you can crop something without the square around it. Such as cutting something that is round out of the picture and pasting it where you want it. That about does it for me. Thanks for bring this to us. I’ve wanted to take a class and never have the time.

    March 6, 2012 @ 7:21 am
  14. Kathy in Kenai

    I have trouble getting it focused evenly. Seems I am always standing on a chair to get a good straight on view but some part of it always comes out blurry! (Maybe I need new glasses, too lol!)

    March 6, 2012 @ 7:28 am
  15. Claire

    I’m a very new to all of this, so I have so many problems I really don’t know where to start. I read all the blogs and I am getting ideas on some of the problems I have, so I hopefully will get it right soon.

    March 6, 2012 @ 8:25 am
  16. Judith (from Israel)

    My biggest problem is how to resize digital images.

    March 6, 2012 @ 8:54 am
  17. rose

    My biggest problem is making my white a true white. Sometimes it looks bluish white or yellowish white. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

    March 6, 2012 @ 9:46 am
  18. Connie

    Among other stitchers, I agree with difficulties associated with color accuracy and ensuring enough focus to note differences in fibers and stitches…

    March 6, 2012 @ 9:52 am
  19. Cheryl Granda

    Well, I am one of those fortunate ones who does use a professional photographer. Thank goodness he’s cheap. However, he basically hands me a “Dinosaur Size” TIF File. It is at that point that I am at the mercy of my own intelligence (or lack thereof!) My color is always very good and true to the actual model.

    Having said all that, I still think I can learn a lot from this webinar. Like Betty, I want to learn more about how to make speciality fibers like Kreinik Metalic Braid show their sparkle more in the photographs. Same thing with beads and embellishments. I want more “pop”! I would also like a little guidance on how big a JPG file should be reduced to (and I don’t mean pixels, but actual file size), to insure that that person clicking on the image can open it quickly with minimal churning. At what point does file size actually diminish the quality of the photo?

    I am sure this webinar will be well work the $40 clams!

    Thanks so much Jen for pulling this all together!

    March 6, 2012 @ 11:06 am
  20. Lorene Frischknecht

    I’d really like to master this because I really have trouble taking pictures of my finished and not-so-finished projects and having the pictures come out with shadows, or crooked or else looking like a trapezoid.

    March 6, 2012 @ 3:55 pm
  21. Adrienne Meyer

    I have two pieces which are tall and narrow [5″ x 20″]. How do I photograph them so that the photo shows the full embroidered piece?

    March 6, 2012 @ 5:19 pm
  22. I have so many problems with my photos I don’t know where to start! I think the biggest thing I struggle with though is that the photos seem to wash out or else the reflections are bad…maybe an exposure problem?

    March 7, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
  23. Harriet, Norway

    Problems like mentioned abowe: #dull colours, # too much flash visible on the item, making it look flat and with wrong colours. # Not very straight lines where there should have been, item seems crooced like, skewed or screwd ( i do not know how to explain) # a 3D or item not flat looks flat in picture. How to take an angle photo so that the bulky part and the interesting part is visible, like a wall henging turned into a wall hanging with a pocket to be useful.( made to my mum) # how to take pictures that showes interesting parts and enhanse the product, or how to cut a photo into more teasing parts for web to show details? # frame or make a statment of pictures for web. Separating them from the background, usin shadow or things…effects…
    I use Adobe Photoshop. And last I wonder when this webinar is in my time:-) if I am ableto be attending live, would be fun to emeet you:-)
    Best regards

    March 8, 2012 @ 1:34 am
  24. Harriet, Norway

    I forgot this: # if you have a very big or long item and need to take several images of it, how glue thesepieces together digitally so it will be one item and a beautiful one. Sandwhish img?

    March 8, 2012 @ 1:43 am
  25. All of these are great points – looks like we’ll need to run another webinar to cover all of them!

    BUT I know several will be covered 🙂

    Photoshop Elements can stitch together several photos of one piece – you are in luck!

    March 8, 2012 @ 3:08 am
  26. Lynette in Atlanta

    My biggest issue is photographing linen. The fabric reflects light in such a way as to look wavy (and awful!). I’ve tried everything to correct this, but to no avail! HELP!

    March 9, 2012 @ 7:31 am
  27. Jen

    Harriet – Use the Time Converter here to double check, but I think the webinar will be at 6:00 a.m. on March 21 for you.

    March 9, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
  28. Jen

    Everyone – Some of the questions here are about photographing, not image-editing. This webinar will not cover photography, but I hope another one that we have in the future will! This time around, we’ll discuss how to make our photos the best they can be.

    All questions are welcome–photography, image-editing, whatever–I just wanted to make the focus of this webinar clear.

    March 9, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
  29. […] Best Photo Forward: Refining Photos of Fine Embroidery. The webinar will be held March 20 at 8:00 p.m. EST and includes the following: […]

    March 11, 2012 @ 11:47 am
  30. Colours and lighting – any tips on editing to make these appear better / truer would be a big help!

    March 11, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
  31. My photographs of white on white embroidery seem to come out grey, even when I take them in what seems to be good natural light. Any advice is very welcome.

    March 11, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

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