Take Quick beautiful Product Photos Using Your Smartphone

When setting up your ecommerce store, it’s important to remember that good photographs are crucial for sales. However, fancy-looking photography doesn’t have to break the bank! Nowadays we have smartphones with cameras that can capture photos up to 12 megapixels. (For non-camera nerds: that’s a lot!) This new technology in our pocket is perfect for capturing product images. Read on to learn about the simplest setup for product photography, and how to edit photos with Apple’s tools.
Materials you’ll need:

1. Smart Phone
2. Foam Core 24×36
3. White Poster Board 24×36 or larger
4. Table
5. Window
6. Tape (Optional)

 

How to set up your tabletop photography studio

 

Capturing Your Product

Tip:

When you’re looking at your product through your smartphone you can tap around to have the camera focus and adjust the brightness of the image.

 

Basic Editing Techniques

Now that we have a few photos to work with let’s edit our favorite selection.

 

Step 1
Open your “Photos” App.

Step 2
Select the photo you want to edit and select the “edit” icon.

Step 3

Select the Photo Filters.

 

 

Step 4
For this particular photo, the “Chrome” filter was best option to show more detail of the wood grain.

Step 5
After applying this filter the photo looks a little dark. To adjust the brightness, you can go into the slider controls and select the “Light” arrow.

Step 6
Once you’re in the “Light” editing area you can increase the Brilliance, Brightness and Contrast of the photo. I was pretty happy with the results!

 

                                          Original                                                                                             Edited

 

The results are pretty great, considering the fact that we used a simple tabletop and the basic photo editing tools on the iPhone!

Via: VelusionBlog

 

Photography: Getting Lost with Øystein Aspelund

Øystein Aspelund is a norwegian photographer who is interested in the relations between men and their environment. His splendid series have already been featured several times on different blogs. Today, he comes back with a wonderful series entitled Getting Lost which he describes as “a maze of random places”. The mysterious and remote atmosphere of the pictures takes us to a personal initiatory journey. Is there any better way to get lost ? I always try to explore cities gems by getting lost there always ..

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A Psychedelic and Cartoons Painted Building in Germany


If you go in Braunschweig, Germany, you will probably discover Happy Rizzi, the playful structure created by late pop art american artist James Rizzi in collaboration with architect Konrad Kloster. The different facades are drawn with colorful and psychedelic cartoons very characteristic of the artist’s style. Such a structure strongly contrasts with the authentic surroundings and offers a very joyful and surreal dimension to the town.

 

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Flexible, Space-Saving Furniture for City Living

Recent Royal College of Art graduate Andrea Pallarès explores the idea of flexible furniture for urban living in her graduation project. With the cost of living always on the rise, people continue to downsize, which often means having to rely on rooms and furniture that pull double duties. With that in mind, Pallarès designed Nook, an all-in-one piece of furniture that adapts to your needs throughout the day.

Nook is a bespoke bed frame that comes with a pillow and duvet covers that double as a backrest and armrest and three upholstered cushions that become space dividers. Overall, the design easily transforms from being a social spot to welcome guests during the day to a cozy, private corner to sleep at night. With smaller homes, not everyone has the option to own both a bed and a sofa making Nook a great option for optimal comfort and functionality.

Adding to its functionality, Nook also has built-in flat surface on one side that works as either a side table or desk. A system of magnets keep the three cushions propped up vertically for privacy.

 

The pillow and duvet covers roll up to become an armrest and a backrest. Nook was made using FEBRIK textiles, which contributed to the project by half sponsoring the textile part.

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Via (Design Milk).

Happy News: The vinyl boom is about to get even boomier !


Sony Music is set to resume pressing records after nearly 30-years hiatus and operations are expected to pick back up by March 2018. The Japan record giant is opening a new record-pressing plant in response to the country’s growing consumer interest in vinyl, the Nikkei Asian Review reports.
Pressing is expected to commence in the Shizuoka Prefecture, located southwest of Tokyo. It signals the end of a nearly 30-years disappearance after Sony Music Japan initially shut down its in-house pressing operation in 1989 upon the advent of the CD.

However, as vinyl has over the last decade made a comeback worldwide, so too has the medium gained popularity in Japan; as Nikkei noted, vinyl sales in the country have “roughly octupled” from 2010 to 2016. But at the moment, Japan has only one active manufacturer, which means the demand outweighs the supply, resulting in limited new releases. This bottleneck production can also have adverse effects on independent labels and distributors, as we reported last year.

For now, Nikkei reported, Sony plan to repress “popular older songs, “mainly Japanese music to which Sony already hold the rights, as well as recent hit albums. To help cope with the high demand, Sony will also accept orders from outside labels.

(Via thump)

Diem: HOT Brazilian Shoe Brand

I love fashion ! and I admire Brazilian concepts. As usual I was randomly browsing the internet for new fashion items found this stunning Shoes Brand, what is special about it in short:

  1. Simple yet stunning designs !
  2. All models are unisex.
  3. Variety of designs.
  4. Sophisticated materials and Made in Brazil !
  5. PRICES ARE JUST PERFECT !

The website does not support english yet, I know that very soon it will ! although its not a problem if you use chrome browser as it will translated it into english.

I will certainly orderer my favorite pairs through Aramex since they offer a virtual address in Brazil !

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One of my hobbies

 

Luggages and laundry carriers from 1950s

 

I have alway been a collector of vintage stuff, I collect vintage notebooks (diaries), vintage luggage, music boxes, stationary and sometimes I build furniture and make them look vintage and its not only that I collect them I actually utilize/use them. I don’t sell them though.

in this post I will show some of the stuff I collected.

 

 

A vintage decorative mannequin

 

Vintage radio that have an AUX socket

 

A storage cabinet with a storage box above

 

The above box is one of the most valuable stuff I got. Because it is a laundry box that belongs to a soldier who actually participated in the Second World War.

 

 

I have tons of notebooks with different desigs I try to fill them with my life story, eventually one day I will surely go. Those who will read them will know everything about me .. and enjoy reading them specially the chapter I called “The things I could not say”.

Notebooks and vintage envelopes

The leather notebook is a Japanese brand called Midori they sell hell of stationary stuff that blow any person mind with such interest. It is customizable and very practical for business. Below are pictures to demonstrate what items I bought to “build it” according to my need. Every thing inside this beautiful stuff is from the brand it self, different kind of tiny notebooks that are fixed via elastic strings, then comes a plastic sealable pocket, pen, pen holder, paper business card holder and a beautiful plastic divider that can be used as a ruler as well !

Chilli Beans Sunglasses Photoshoot project

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I am so addicted to Chilli Beans sunglasses brand, so I decided to do a personal “non-commercial project” for their sunglasses and opticals !

It’s my first time to direct a photoshoot, I hired a photographer and a model both based in Dubai. I have chosen Madinat Jumeirah as a location for the photo shoot.

unfortunately the weather and sunlight did not help at some points which forced us to edit the pictures to modify the colors of the sky and some backgrounds.

Hopefully our next project will end up being much better than this. Below is the presentation of our project.

Director: Kalopsia Blog Team .

Photographer: The Crew Dubai

Model: @Maqreed

Brand: Chilli Beans

This is Ground: MOD 2 and The Voyager Review.

 

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I have recently ordered a laptop case “MOD 2” , an extra organizer for the case and a bag “The Voyager” from the mad scientists of tech organization “The best description I have found for the brand This is Ground” this post is a review for both products.

This Is Ground’s Products aims to deliver a sleek and simple solution to your daily carry needs by offering elegant and easy access to your tech and small EDC. Does it deliver? We here put it to the test to find out…

For the last few months This Is Ground’s Voyager bag and the second version of their popular laptop Mod has been my pretty constant companion. Both travelled with me to work, cafes, meetings and my business/leisure trips. TIG have made absolutely Smart and stylish products that are made in LA, using materials and hardware sourced in the States. Broadly speaking the TIG Bags and mods do exactly what it says on the box – namely protect and carry the daily essentials, all the while acting as a good-looking folio/portable office.

The Voyager:


– The Voyager weekender sized bag that’ll not only store the stuff you need — but also help you get them easily without the hassle we all suffer from when we try to find particular thing in our carry-ons, The Voyager Bag from This Is Ground is a weekender-sized utility bag that comes with an integrated Karma Go WiFi unit “optional”, keeping you connected and collected at every turn. A pouch on the front, inspired by the brand’s Tech Dopp Kits, organizes all of your cords and gadgets. Inside, there’s enough room for five days of clothing. Made in Los Angeles of buttery soft leather, the Voyager is available in four color options, and — if you happen to love annoying WiFi logins at the airport — can also be purchased without the Karma Go for a little less. Though, once you get a taste of having your own good-looking WiFi network everywhere you, you’ll wonder why all your bags aren’t this smart. I tried carrying it on daily basis as a business bag and also as a weekender literally in my recent trip and it never failed.

MOD laptop 2:


If you love a good flat lay you’re going to like the Mop Laptop 2. When closed it’s got the clean lines of a traditional leather folio – but unzip the solid UCAN zip, open up the Mod and you’re in stationery organizing heaven. One side is dominated by the dedicated laptop pouch – with its protective raised lip of Buffalo Felt. There’s also a canvas-lined pocket designed for a tablet, but it works just as well for a diary or notebook.

The ‘spine’ has two Romag magnets embedded in it so you can plug and play with any of This Is Ground’s specialized carry inserts. TIG assures us that these magnets won’t affect your electronics. The other side of the Mod has three pockets, suitable for phones, glasses, hard drives, notebooks and the like. There’s also some slots for business cards and space for pens, headphones and cords.

The outside of the Mod has a clever diagonal slit pouch designed for bulkier chargers, or for things you need frequent access to. There’s also a removable leather strap which clips onto D-rings that can be hidden away should you prefer to go strapless (as I must confess I did).

However, when I looked at it as a laptop case with benefits the Mod really made sense. Diary, pens, notebook, laptop and the other essentials all went in there. So if I had meetings, or went to work in a café all I needed was the Mod. It looked good and I could access anything I needed quickly. It’s kind of like a corporate bug-out bag.

Who This is Ground carry-ons Suit

TIG goods are clearly designed for career carry, and if you’re a professional or creative type who’s looking for something above and beyond the usual laptop sleeve and bags, then their products are definitely the perfect thing for you.

Who It Doesn’t

If you’re into active gear, on a budget or simply carry lots of odd-shaped objects on a regular basis you should probably keep looking.

The Not So Good

The biggest stumbling block many will have with the TIG products is the price. For example the MOD 2 a 13-inch model is priced at $450 USD. Add in one of their modular inserts and a fancy monogram and you will end up with $500. That’s getting close to the ‘luxury’ space. The leather, while soft and with a nice grain, has scars and other blemishes, and the stitching and cutting is in places irregular. While none of these elements are deal breakers, it doesn’t live up to the glossiness of their Instagram account. It seems to me that This Is Ground is trying to straddle both the artisanal maker and mid-tier luxury market segments, and as a result their promise is compromised.

Others to Consider

One of the greatest strengths of the This Is Ground products  in general is that there’s not a whole lot like it out there. Sure, there are millions of laptop solutions and bags – something like the Hard Graft All in One Laptop Folio comes to mind, but it lacks the organized storage. Also the variety of colors TIG offers is unbeatable as other brands force you into one or two options. TIG products “the major carry-ons” come in six magnificent colors: Cognac, Bomber “over worked brown leather”, Pacific “Blue”, Toffee, Charcoal and French Grey.

Conclusion:

This Is Ground products offer plenty of function for the café workers and will certainly impress in meetings. Add to that the there’s nothing like it out their in terms of design, functionality and organization. This makes their goods irresistible for organization freaks like me, and price won’t affect your decision whether to buy any of what they offer or no. All in all the highly priced products are incomparable to high end brands when it comes to organizing your daily carried stuff.