Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lights... Camera... Fish!


So I finally invested in a Photo Studio Kit.  It came with a HUGE light-tent & lights.  I've been thinking about it for a while, but was hesitant about spending the money.  BOY, am I glad I did it!!  Still learning how to use it to it's full capabilities, but I'll figure it out.  I'm already happy with how my first photos have turned out.

We also invested in a new fancy DSLR camera!!  It's actually more for my husband & his photography, but takes AMAZING picts of my sculptures.  I never thought that camera quality made that much of a difference, but it does.  This is a Pentax K-r, an entry level camera, but still a huge upgrade to my previous point & shoot.  

*I took this photo with my iPhone in my Studio!  Looks like a stock photo, but it's totally our camera!


Felt Koi 1Felt Koi 6Felt Koi 5Felt Koi 2 Felt Koi 3 Felt Koi 4 Felt Koi 7

So this was my first attempt at taking photos with my new set-up.  I think they came out WAY better than before, but still am learning how to use the camera & lighting.  I love the colors & detail the camera picks up.  That is one thing I've always been frustrated with, how do you show the real texture of a needle felted piece?  Most of the time it just looks fuzzy.

This Felt Koi I made a while ago, but he always seemed unfinished.  One the project before this one, I experimented with some Clear Casting Resin.  That inspired this "pond" base.  I colored the resin & left some texture with the aluminum foil I poured it into for the "water" texture.  I then made a few Felt Cherry Blossoms (the ones from my previous post!)

Usually I like to finish sculptures right away, but I'm learning that if something seems unfinished, don't push it.  Let it sit & stew for a while (a year with this one).  Then maybe you'll come up with the perfect solution!

***This weird picture layout is kinda a "happy mistake".  The layout for my blog has changed & I'm still figuring out how to use it, but I kinda like how the photos created a nice collage look.  Don't know how or why it happened, but I'm okay with it....


  1. Hi Chrissy your felt work and pictures are amazing! I'm still in point and shoot world. Somehow your posts aren't showing up in my reading list. I'll see if I have to re-follow your blog. I love reading about what you've been up to. You are such an inspiration!

  2. I don't know... I just switched back to the old-format when I'm writing my posts. I didn't like the new format. But I looked around & didn't see anything about the the Feed... Could just be that it has been so long since I blogged!! Sorry!!

  3. No problem Chrissy. I just missed it. It was in my reading list. But luckily if I miss it there, I can always catch it on FaceBook. I'm floored by all of you new work. Good Luck with ETSY. I know these two will be a hit!