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In Topic: How Do You Take Photographs And Keep Them Consistent?

29 September 2014 - 07:10 PM

You only need f10 to f16 to capture a whole pot in focus. F25 is not necessary and is contributing to the variation in shutter exposure time. But yes generally you need a longer exposure for a dark pot compared to a light pot, so I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Yes you should only be shooting at night, with the rest of the lights in the room off, in order to keep the lighting consistent. Also let your bulbs heat up 5 minutes or so before you start shooting so they reach full brightness.

I use a 2 second delay when I shoot, because your finger might wiggle the camera when pushing the shutter button.

If you are shooting pots of different colors, try "bracketing" each shot. Take three different exposures, the one in the middle being the one you think is correct. Once you get them large on your computer screen, you might find that the lighter or darker one is better. Hardly takes any more time to bracket while you're shooting. But if you get the photo on your computer and decide the exposure is wrong, it's a lot of wasted time to shoot the pot again.

It doesn't matter if your photos are 72ppi or 300ppi. It's the overall number of pixels that matter. So just take the largest photos your camera will take.

In Topic: My Mug Will Be On National Tv Next Week On Cnn

29 September 2014 - 10:43 AM

Awesome! I will try to catch the episode.

In Topic: My First Show!

29 September 2014 - 10:31 AM

Great job Rebekah. And your after-report shows that you took it seriously and learned a lot of good ideas for the future. I hope you are inspiring others to try it!

fwiw, I only make 20oz mugs, and I am always getting asked for smaller ones :-). Just pick the size(s) you want to make and stick with it.

In Topic: What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

27 September 2014 - 10:45 AM

Were the black zit pots near a thermocouple? Could this possibly be spalling from a thermocouple?

btw, you really got a nice result from that glaze overall. I tried making Waterfall Brown once and didn't have nearly as nice of a result.

In Topic: Display

27 September 2014 - 09:02 AM

I bought this folding chair from Ikea a few years ago. I love it because it folds so much flatter that the wood director's chair I used before. Now when I go to shows, it seems like half of my neighbors are using this exact chair, in various colors.