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Friday Favorites #7: Taking & Editing Photos

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Happy Friday! Today I have another Friday favorites post for you guys, it’s how I take and edit my photos. I get a lot of questions about this kind of thing and I always feel bad with my answer because I really don’t do anything crazy or weird to take photos. I have no crazy lighting set up that I can tell you about or anything. Hopefully this post is somehow helpful for those of you that wonder about this kind of thing though 🙂

Alright so first things first, the camera I use is a Canon Point & Shoot, the model is ELPH 110HS. You really don’t need a fancy DSLR with different lenses and whatnot to take good photos. I do own a DSLR and I find it hard to use for swatches and I usually don’t like how the photos turn out.

I prefer to take my photos outside in natural sunlight, for me I find that it’s the best way to get color accurate photos. Lightboxes and I just don’t get along, maybe I’m just too technically challenged to figure out how to work the lighting but whenever I try to use the one I have it seems like all my photos turn out nothing like what I see with my eyes and glare from the lights take away from being able to actually see the polish I’m trying to show. There are lots of ladies out there who take awesome photos using a lightbox so I know it’s possible to do, I’m just too lazy to figure it out. I’m really lucky that where I live has pretty great weather year round so it affords me the ability to swatch with plenty of sun whenever I want to for the most part.

For the shade photos you see on here I usually just run around my backyard taking photos in different shady spots and use the ones that turn out best…no real science to that!

To actually take my photos I stand with my back to the sun and snap away. Then I come back into the house and look at my photos so I can make sure they are color accurate and whatnot before I move onto the next swatch. Below is what my photos look like before I edit them so you can kind of see how far back I hold my camera from my hand. I don’t use any special settings on my camera besides putting it on macro mode.

For editing my photos I use a program called Gimp, I like it because it’s free and I’m cheap 🙂 I don’t do anything to my photos besides cropping them, resizing them and adding my watermark which I have set up as a brush so it’s super quick to just stamp onto the photo. I don’t color correct or anything like that…I don’t know how to even do that and really ain’t nobody got time for that…just sayin’.  There are times when it doesn’t matter what I do, my camera just doesn’t pick up the color right (I’m looking at you red/orange) when that does happen I usually just let you guys know when I post my swatches…sometimes I don’t post those swatches at all.

So yep, that’s pretty much it. I really don’t do anything crazy or fancy. I kind of wish I had some fantastical secrets to spill but I don’t! If you have any questions let me know in the comments!

 

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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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