3 Easy Tips For Taking Better Photos - a guest post by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby, owner of Shibaguyz Photography
As a professional photographer I get asked questions… lots of questions. People ask me about my camera, my lens, and my equipment. Conversations sound something like this:
“So, I’ve been thinking of upgrading to a new body. What one do you like?”
“Do you like prime lenses?”
“Is that a ‘nifty-fifty’ you have on there?”
“I once read that Cannon’s are better than Nikon for shooting Mountain Sasquatch in their natural habitat…”
While all of these questions have merit, the answers will not necessarily make anyone a great photographer. Buying an expensive camera with big fancy lenses will not allow you to take professional quality photos any more than buying a professional-grade Viking gas range and new All-Clad Stainless Steel pans will let you cook like a five-star chef. It just doesn't work that way.
However, there are tricks to make your photos (regardless of what camera you use) look more professional.
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One loop… two loop… front loop… back loop… (OR) Where to put your crochet hook!
Making different fabrics by inserting your crochet hook into different loops.
Yup… we've seen all levels of crochet folk ask this question and we've answered it in every level of class from newbie to experienced.
Knowing where to insert your crochet hook when you make your crochet stitches and how different loops affects your final fabric is a vital piece of information that will change how you look at your stitching forever.
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Picture it… Columbus 2012. A rugged young designer and a dashing photographer meet with two intrepid owners of a line of yarn. They laugh; They plan; They drink a lot of wine. The result of that meeting appeared roughly one year later, in the form of a pattern book - Moonstruck: Ten Sensuous Knit Patterns Sized Small to 5X. Folks, I was that designer… Jason was that photographer… and the owners of the line of yarn were the FAB ladies from Mango Moon Yarns.
Yes, the 10 patterns from Moonstruck are now available as individual patterns (but you can still order the book too). We think this collection has the whole package going on, referring to our mantra of Fashion, Fit, Form, and Function. There is something to fit every woman’s style and shape. Chic, classic, and elegant designs with a timelessness that will make these knitwear pieces a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Below is a glimpse at each of the designs. Click on the link or the photo to go to the individual pattern pages where you can see more photos and all the details about creating your own Moonstruck masterpiece.
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Here we are once again to that most wonderful time of the year… National Crochet Month! WOOHOO!!!
This year, at Shibaguyz Designz, we have double the reason to celebrate. Just in case you have not heard let me fill you in… our newest book, Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style, from Lark Publishing will be released next month!
Because of this fortuitous alignment in the stars, we have put together a FAB month of FAB fun to celebrate both the pre-release of Designer Crochet AND National Crochet Month!
Read on for how y'all can join in!
Designer Crochet is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW! Although the book will not be shipped until around April 20th, everyone who pre-orders a copy is eligible to enter a drawing for a full pattern’s worth of yarn for free! Yes I said it, FREE YARN. Not just one, but TWO chances. Here’s the scoop:
Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style will be available in bookstores this April. But don’t wait until then! Pre-order, your copy of Designer Crochet right now and send an email to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com with proof of purchase before April 1st . By sending the email with your proof of purchase, you will be entered into a lottery for 2 chances to win an entire project’s worth of yarn!
Yup… we will be sending 2 people enough yarn to create either the Beginner Cardi or the Lace Tank projects in your chosen size. That's a lot of FAB yarn!
Also, not only do you get a full garment’s worth of yarn, you will also receive the pattern for that garment before the book is released. YES! You get to be the first one to have that pattern!
Finally, each of the winners will receive a signed bookplate to put in your copy of Designer Crochet when it arrives.
A BIG Thank YOU!! to our yarn sponsors for this giveaway!
So… to sum up…
1. Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style is the NEW crochet book by Shibaguyz Designz with a LOT of FAB patterns, charts, and tutorials.
2. Pre-order Designer Crochet here: CLICK ME! (and it's on sale right now!)
3. Send in your proof of purchase to Designer.Crochet@Yahoo.com
4. Win a signed bookplate for your copy of Designer Crochet.
5. WIN an advance copy of one of the patterns in Designer Crochet.
6. Win FREE YARN to make one of the patterns in Designer Crochet.
(Admit it… all y'all saw was the "Win FREE YARN" part… hehehe…)
So hey… don’t wait until April to order your very own copy! NOTE: If you have already ordered your copy of Designer Crochet, be sure to email your proof of purchase to be entered into the drawing. It doesn't matter when you pre-ordered… as long as you do it BEFORE APRIL 1st!
And remember: You can pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet today by clicking on this link:
Pre-order your copy of Designer Crochet: 32 patterns to elevate your style today!
We'll have more fun info about Designer Crochet all during National Crochet Month including sneak peeks into some of the designs and the creation of this new book from Shibaguyz Designz.
Introduction to Crochet Charts, Part 2: Uncommon Stitches
How To Read Crochet Charts – Uncommon Stitches
NOTE: This week's tutorial builds on our tutorial from last week. Do yourself a favor and go back to last week (OH! Time travel!!) and read that tutorial. Here's the link:
Introduction to Crochet Stitch Charts
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