Oh look a new video… Just a simple resin update. Some stuff on there that hasn’t been posted anywhere else! Nah it probably has been posted somewhere. It took me long enough eh?
Also set up a little newletter on the facebook page, I haven’t put the templates together yet but Im working on it. You are more than welcome to sign up and get updates about Maladjusted Designs once I start using the News letter. Which for the moment I will probably start in about a months times. Plenty of time for me to put something nice and cohesive together. I’ve also put a mini shop on to the facebook page so you can see the items without having to leave facebook! Purchases still have to be made through etsy though.
Got some more pieces is the works too, comic book ones so keep an eye out. OOh and I have a little sale going on at the moment
More things are being added, with my work scheduale I couldnt do it all in one hit. They are under one header on the site and I have dropped the prices to as low as I can so try and make room for new stock!
Also been working on a new logo, at the minute you’ll have noticed that Im using MF in the bottem left og every image. That of course works for Maladjusted Freak (the site) but not so much for Maladjusted Deigns so I’ve been putting a new one together…
Its not perfect yet but I think its getting there. Trying to update the shapes to make the M a little more versatile. And of course you’ll recognize the swirl in the D from the current F. I am trying to get the spacing right so that I can keep a vector of the orginal in black and white then edit the colours to suit what ever I need to use it for. Once its done I will probably try and redesign a couple of business cards and a stamp.
Two months since the last post… Naughty Maladjusted! Nah not really, if you are an avid follower (or online stalker) then you probably know I have been updating Etsy, facebook and Instagram often. If you didnt know that then why are you not following me on there? :p
I just wanted to share this photo :
To start its a new set of rings going in to my etsy shop, but it also a result of playing around with different backgrounds and the Macro setting on my camera! I think its definitely one of my favorite shots so far! More will be appearing in the gallery soon!
As title suggests, my light box got the better of me and had now moved to live in the bin. In theory great idea, one that I will re visit in the future but for now I will have to make do with natural light on my days off.
I’ll list some of the main issues I had, in case they may be of help to anyone else (and I have them when I re build it).
1. The shape of the box was far too big and long. Bearing in mind the items I was trying to photograph were very small, the box I had chosen (found) was one designed to hold several stereo, it was difficult to move around and fill with a background.
2. Keep the light sources the same. I attempted to work with a couple of different lights, that were all different tempratures, this seem to completely confuse the cameras white baleancing feature. When I used one lamp in conjunction with nautral light it the photos cam out much brighter and cleaner.
3. Your camera’s flash is not always your friend. The flash seemed to negate all the placement I worked on with the extra lamps and just bring back the harsh shadows. Plus on shinny objects it adds a massive glare spot to everything.
3. Standard paper will black out most of the light, so work with bright lights or use tissue paper. I ended up using an old thin sheet that created a nice glow.
4. Not really light box related but still worth a mention, use a tripod. You will have to play with your cameras settings (especially if you have manual settings) if you set your exposure longer than normal you will need something steady to avoid blurry photos.
For the time being I will have to settle for taking photos on my days off on sunny days, though I will add that sunlight can be very unreliable so be prepared to take lots of photos to get that perfect one.
So I built my light box, the only problem was that I really didnt have enough light so I will post proper photos of the completed set up once I have acquired an other light source. Just as a teaser though I will show the photos I managed to get from the light box, unedited of course.
To be fair for a first attempt they aren’t too bad. I recognise that I do need to work on the lighting source, the top two were taken with the flash on but the bottom one wasn’t. I still think the shadows are a little strong on a few of the shots but that can be countered with some extra light placement. I tried added an extra lamp but it turned the image very yellow, even with the white balaence setting on the camera itself.
Oh and if you like these little pieces then pop back again sometime next week when they go on sale, just waiting for some of the packaging to arrive before I list them.
So I managed to get to work and pick up some boxes to attempt the diy light box. I also found out my manager who is a professional photographer has a one I can he said I could borrow so brilliant fall back plan if this one doesn’t quite work out. Being the genius I am, I did forget to pick up another lamp but let’s get the box going and see how it work with what I have. If this goes well I will write up a detailed tutorial including sections with the white balance function as that seems to be missing from the tutorials I’ve read so far.