Monday, September 24, 2012

Blog Hop 19 with Advice from Bijou Lovely and a Giveaway



                                                                                                                                                                       Image from Bijou Lovely


Today's advice is by Holly from Bijou Lovely.  Have you been on her blog?  If so, you must have noticed her beautiful photography.  And so I am excited that she has written a wonderful post for the advice series all about how to take better photos for your blog.  The post is packed with valuable and informative advice and she explains it all with before and after photo examples.  Be sure to check it out here!



Blogs to visit this week: 

Sep 25
        Amanda from Material Girl Quilts
        Amanda from Fabric Engineer
    
Sep 27
        Vicky from Vicky K Creating
         Francine from Mocha Wild Child





Today's giveaway is sponsored by Vicki from the Quilting Lodge.  One lucky winner will win a Lazy Angle Ruler and a Jaybird Quilts pattern that uses the ruler.  

You have five possible entries:
1.  Leave a comment (any comment) but if you would like a topic - what about your blog photography tips.

2.  My followers - old and new- get a second entry.  Leave an additional comment saying "following."

3.  For a third entry, visit Quilting Lodge and come back here to leave a comment about one of your favorite items in their shop.

4.  For a fourth entry, follow the Quilting Lodge Blog and leave a comment saying that you did.  Vicki is also participating in the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop.

4.  And for a fifth entry, promote this giveaway on the social media of your choice and leave a comment (please do not leave a link to the actual promotion, just say how.)

This giveaway will remain open until Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8pm EDT and a winner will be chosen at random and announced in next week's blog hop news.  And please, unless you are sure that you are NOT a no-reply blogger, leave your email address in your comment.
The winner of the Marmalade Fabrics giveaway is #7 which was lynaeveSeptember 16, 2012 9:43 AM.  Congrats.  I'm sending you an email.



Plum and June
And for this week, again link up your recent sewing and quilting posts, visit each other, promote the link up with a text link or the button on my sidebar and when the link tool asks for your name, what about favorite fall vegetable?!?



253 comments:

  1. I like to take pictures on the windowsill as the green from the outside makes a lovely background and it does not matter if it is blur. Thanks for the chance to win

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  2. went to the shop site, the Free Spirit Queen Street Dolin Green really caught my eye!

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  3. following the quilting lodge blog

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  4. I would have to say practice, take lots of pictures and something I've been directed to by Connie @ Freemotion by the River is Photoscape. I now have a way to watermark (put your name on your pictures) my pics that's super easy!

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  5. Goodness me if ever I needed advice it is on how to take better photos! I thought it was my camera, but we got a better camera and my photos are still dismal! My house is very shadowy and I need to work out how to get better light into my photographs.

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  6. The Lemon Grove fabrics by Alice Kennedy are beautiful!
    Thank you for the chance =)

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  7. I follow the Quilting lodge blog too =)

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  8. Thanks for the link to the tips for better photographs. I don't have a blog but I do photograph my quilts so this will come in handy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Love the Amelia fabrics by Moda at Quilting Lodge. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. I'm already a follower of the Quilting Lodge blog. Thanks.

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  11. I don't have a blog but find the tips helpful for taking quilt photos. I used to take all my photos indoors (easy to do regardless of the weather) but have started taking more quilt photos outdoors. The colors usually look better in the outdoor photos.

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  12. I like the Free Spirit Queen Street collection. Especially the print called Madeline Green.

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  13. Stopped by the Quilting Lodge, and I still love Flea Market Fancy

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  14. I'm already following the Quiling Lodge blog.

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  15. Oh goodness, I do not have any photo tips.

    I NEED all the tips I can get!!!

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  16. I am reading up on how to improve my photography skills and appreciate the tutorial so much! This is a skill one learns over time, with repeated practice and revisiting the how-tos. Thank you!

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  17. I like the macro setting in my camera to highlight details such as quilting stitches and textures of a quilt surface.

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  18. ooh, I LOVE California Dreamin at the Quilting Lodge. Thanks for the referral to check out their fabric!

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  19. From the quilting lodge I love all the new Lemon Grove by Alice Kennedy collection!

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  20. I love taking pictures outdoors if I can!

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  21. Just signed up to follow the Quilting Lodge blog, it looks to have some great information!

    thanks.

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  22. I never get tired of Flea Market Fancy!

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  23. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

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  24. Honestly, my favorite thing about the Quilting Lodge is their customer service. They are professional, friendly, helpful and so many other things that some shops are not. I followed the Tiny Trails tutorial for my 2nd quilt ever, and it was AWESOME. I love Quilting Lodge!

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  25. I follow the Quilting Lodge's blog!

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  26. I don't have a blog, but love to take pictures of my quilts! Thank you for the great giveaway

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  27. I love to make baskets, so I like that Quilting Lodge carries the poly reinforced cotton clothesline.

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  28. I follow the Quilting Lodge Blog!

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  29. I need lots of help with photography. Thanks for the great giveaway

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  30. I'm not sure about a tip but I do like to play around with the settings to avoid using a flash. Thanks for the giveaway

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  31. Hi Beth - anotehr great Blog Hop week - thank you!! And I am a follwoer :)

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  32. Yay - I already follow the Quiting Lodge Blog!!! Another great giveaway too!!

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  33. I take photos with and without flash for my blog and then choose which looks the best. I don't have much window light available in the studio so that and editing is what I have to do.

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  34. I like the Hoffman Bali Pops in Key Lime.

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  35. thank you so much for this giveaway, fingers crossed ^_^

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  36. I am your GFC and e-mail follower ^_^

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  37. I already follow the Quilting Lodge Blog

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  38. my favorite pattern in the shop is
    "Whirligig by Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day"

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  39. Great tutorial - thank you! My tip is that if you *must* take photos indoors, especially in winter if you craft in the night hours like me), consider using a daylight lamp as your light source. And use a tripod (I have a teeny one for my point and shoot) or a stack of books to hold your camera steady.

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  40. I take most of my pictures in the morning, if I can. Best light. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. Great post by Holly! I completely agree with the importance of using natural light for photos. It makes all the difference!

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  42. Thanks for the Giveaway! I'm so excited to go read the photo tutorial now!

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  43. I think that Photoshop is my best photo tip (no kidding!). Sometimes during the dark winters here in Seattle even natural light isn't enough, so I use careful editing to improve the photo quality. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  44. My tip, always take photos in natural light.

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  45. I have to say I like their B&W fabrics.

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  46. Winning this giveaway would let me learn something new! Thanks for the chance.

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  47. My simple, essential photography tip: before you click the button, hold your breath. You'll get a more "still" photo that way.

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  48. My favorite items at the Lodge are Fandango Estrella and Fandango Simpatico.

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  49. I follow the Quilting Lodge blog via GFC.

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  50. My advice would be to take more than one shot of the same item you are photographing.

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  51. I love your tutorial, my sister has a birthday in about two weeks and she loves Halloween stuff so I think this may become her birthday present.
    lisamcgriff at hotmal dot com

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  52. I would love to get the NEW 4th Generation Hoffman Bali Pops Watermelon. The colors are just yummy!

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  53. I'm following the Quilting Lodge Site.

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  54. Liked you on facebook, tried to share, not sure if it worked.

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  55. I try to use good light when I can but with the grey days we've been having recently I always use iphoto to lighten the exposure and picmonkey is the best site for playing with pictures!

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  56. natural light - and everything turns out well and don't hesitate to play around with ligght exposure time.

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  57. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm afraid I don't have any photography tips.

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  58. My favorite fabric at the Quilting Lodge is in the new arrivals where see some lovely freespirit flea market fancy.

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  59. My best tip is to hold your camera steady when taking a photo (my usual mistake is an unfocused shot).

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  60. I am new to photography...but I love to use natural light when taking photo.

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  61. The new 4th Generation Hoffman Bali Pops Watermelon is my favorite ...love the colors.

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  62. I try to take photos of smaller objects outside on some of our flat landscape rocks. They have great, but subtle, variations in color and texture and they serve as a wonderful backdrop for the featured items.

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  63. I also follow the Quilting Lodge's blog.

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  64. My favorite item is the Pink Eyelet from Flea Market Fancy.

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  65. Tweeted the giveaway, too.
    https://twitter.com/AlphaBecky/status/250926505058779137

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  66. I don't have any photo tips to add, but I am learning a lot!

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  67. I like the Tiny Trails quilt kit.

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  68. I follow the Quilting Lodge blog.

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  69. always edit your photographs before publishing the your blog

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  70. the feedsack flowers catch my eye

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  71. I wish I had a tip to add, but I am an aweful photographer. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  72. I love the solid cross weaves Quilting Lodge offers.

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  73. My photography definitely needs work! My tip is to limit your background noise in your pictures and if you are taking pictures of finished quilts, find a lovely backdrop for it!

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  74. Thanks for the chance. I don't really have any photography tips - more like I NEED tips! I use a regular point & shoot so it makes it a bit challenging sometimes.

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  75. I follow your blog. funnymesjc at gmail dot com

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  76. I like to photograph outside of coarse and not wait till I have a bunch on my camera. Plus my fabulous camera helps.

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  77. I always hate to chose one item, I loved their pictures of the fabric and could use the Free Spirit line and a few notions, like the marking pen. funnymesjc at gmail dot com

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  78. I don't have a blog but sure do follow a lot -- love looking at all the photography.

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  79. I follow the Quilting Lodge Blog . funnymesjc at gmail dot com

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  80. Promoted on FB stener1. funnymesjc at gmail dot com. SimpleSew.blogspot.com

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  81. I like Free Spirit Queen Street Maeve Aqua in QL.

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  82. I follow the Quilting Lodge Blog.

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  83. I try to photograph in the light but I don't know even outside doesn't work for me, I need all of the advise I can get. Thanks

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  84. I already follow Vicki at the quilting lodge.

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  85. And I just bought some charm packs from her yesterday and probably will get some more fabric later, I love fabric, although I do need to get some patterns too!

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  86. I'm pretty new to blogging (or at least just inexperienced) so no advice on that front. I take photographs when selling on Ebay- natural light is much preferred by myself because my cameras (phone, regular digital) pick up colors better that way.

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  87. Following you :)

    confessionsofatwinmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. Love the Moda Marble Swirls Robin's Egg Blue fabric at QL!

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  89. Following Quilting Lodge Blog via GFC and Networked Blogs.

    confessionsofatwinmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Shared the giveaway via Google+

    confessionsofatwinmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I dont have a blog, but her information is good. Kept it so if I ever do have a blog, I will have good pictures. Thank you.

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  92. I love the fabric new arrivals. Some are so vibrant, others are wonderful fillers.

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  93. I have never been good at photography sorry babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  94. I only have a small point and shoot Canon Powershot digital. It takes really nice pictures, although not very fast. But thanks for the information about taking good pictures. It's always good to have as a reference.

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  95. I follow you via email babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  96. What a great givaway! Thanks :)

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  97. On Quilting Lodge I loved the Free Spirit Flea Market Fancy ~ Brown Posie's fabric

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  98. I follow Quilting Lodge Blog :)

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  99. I love the 4th generation precuts babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  100. Ugh - my blog photography needs improvement so I don't think I can give any advice.

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  101. I follow quilting lodge via wmail babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  102. I don't have any photography advice to give but am glad to read the posts about improving pictures.

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  103. I follow quilting lodge by email.

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  104. I use my i phone. Pictures aren't great. Thanks

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  105. At quilting lodge, I like the easy to make totes with zippers book.

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  106. I like the Bali Pops. at quilting lodge. Thanks

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  107. I am a follower by e-mail and google reader of Vicki. Thanks

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  108. Hmmm.. I do't feel that my photos are the best, but I feel that the best photos come from natural light.

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  109. I al already a follower of Quilting Lodge on blogger.

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  110. I love the Free Spirit California Dreamin Catalina in pink at the Quilting Lodge.

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  111. I enjoy Jaybird patterns and to win one would be amazing. The Quilting Lodge has excellent customer service. Happy Friday!

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  112. Great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  113. I follow Quilting Lodge by email.

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  114. I shared about this giveaway on facebook.

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  115. Visited the Quilting Lodge...love the Hoffman Bali Pops in Key Lime

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  116. I'm already a Quilting Lodge Blog follower.

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  117. I don't have a blog, but I take pictures for my Etsy shop. I admit, I'm not very good at it. I am trying to improve.

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  118. I am a Quilting Lodge Blog follower and have ordered from her store and the service was great.

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  119. I am a follower and have ordered from the Quilting Lodge and the service was great.

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  120. Great photography tips today.
    I seriously need a new camera.

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  121. ...and I'm a very happy Follower of your fab blog.

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  122. I'm a new blogger, and was searching last week for blogging photography tips! I was so glad to see this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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