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#77727 Photography Backgrounds

Posted by terraforma on 20 March 2015 - 11:17 AM

I've learned that it's good to have photos of your work against an all-white background with minimal shadows, in addition to the "lifestyle" shots and graduated background images—this is how a lot of sites/graphic designers/etc. want to have them so that they can easily "slice" the image away from the background and insert it into whatever format they're using (postcards, websites, etc.), to achieve consistency with images from multiple sources. You can do this on the super-cheap and achieve really good results: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html — this box works well with outdoor light as well as studio light.

#4775 Share Your Experiences With Glazemixer.com

Posted by terraforma on 26 January 2011 - 09:46 PM

I recently discovered a service that seems perfect for me - Glaze Mixer.com. They stock hundreds of raw materials, mix your glaze recipe in the amount you specify and ship it to you, and you can keep online records of your recipes, among other things.

Sounds perfect for me, because I don't have my own studio and have to attend a local college to have studio access. This way, I can use some of my own glazes in addition to the minimal glaze choices at the college, without having to buy and find ways to store large quantities of raw materials. Perfect, of course, as long as this service is as exacting and reliable as I would be myself. I haven't had the courage to try this out yet.

Anyone here use them, or know someone who does?

#4226 Sodium Silicate For Majic Water?

Posted by terraforma on 26 December 2010 - 08:52 PM

The percentage of sodium silicate in a gel form will vary by brand and is pretty low - Amaco says theirs is about 2% sodium silicate, and Laguna Clay told me theirs contained 7% by volume. Call the tech support department of the gel's manufacturer, tell them your dilemma, and they should be kind enough to tell you exactly what percentage of sodium silicate it contains by volume. The rest is probably just plain water, but ask if there are any other ingredients you should know about. (They probably won't tell you that, though - propietary formula and all that...) Then, just alter the magic water formula to account for the amount of sodium silicate in the quantity of gel you use.

Good luck.