Etsy Greek Street Team lightbox seminar 12 Oct 2014

Everyone who has an Etsy shop knows how important are the great photos when comes to advertise your artifacts. Some times it is a fun procedure but most of the times you have to take a million of shots in order to get THE right ONE !!!

Some prefer to photograph their goodies outside with natural light but some others use a light box with artificial light. I personally use natural light for my softies. I have a special corner in my balcony where I take my photos but sometimes its hard  because the weather is cloudy or rainy. So for some time know I was thinking to make a light box.

I was so glad when I learned that EGST team was  about to organize a special Photoseminar.

This seminar took place yesterday at  Cheapart Halandri cafe.  

Nafsika the captain of our team, Polina the voluntary tutor of this seminar and several team members was there 🙂

EGST meeting

 

Making a light box is an easy and fun procedure and I though it would be nice to share it with you!!!

 

Here is Polina explaining us the first step 🙂

Polina

 

You will need:
– 1 large sheet of foam board (25 cm x 65 cm) – you can make it larger or smaller depending on your  items.
– 1 cutter
– 1 role of gaffer tape
– aluminium foil
– 2 desk lamps with clips
– 1 ruler and 1 pencil

If you want your background to be around 33cm then you will have to measure 16 cm from each edge of your foam board (at 65cm side). Draw a line at your marks and then use your cutter to cut along the lines.

Step 1

 

You must be very careful not to cut through the whole thickness of the board as afterwards you will have to fold them in order to form right angles. There you can use some gaffer tape to keep the folded parts at their place.

Step 2Step 3

 

When you have your board ready, you put a piece of aluminium foil at the top of it.

Step 4

 

Then you need a background piece of paper. You can use a white or any other color and tape it at the longest side, like Polina has done. The secret is that the paper has to form a circular shape in order to have this endless background effect.

Step 5

 

Last but not least you need two desk lamps with clips. They have to point at the top, towards the aluminium foil. This diffuses the light and gives less strong shadows at the objects. You can use day light bulbs.

Step 6

 

Polina also uses a gorillapod tripod. It is small very flexibly tripod to work with. I don’t have a close photo of this but you can see it holding it at her hands!!!!

 

Here are  some picks using the light box 🙂 🙂

Polina’s wonderful wire tree

Polina's wire tree

 

Fotini from ArtandWoodShop

Rustic ciel wedding ring box

 

Ourania from totalhandmadeD

 

And my very own Mr. Mustache 🙂

Mr. Moustache

 

Last advice is that you can use for photo editing Gimp.

Gimp is  a Free graphics editor, Open-Source Software (FOSS).  I use it myself  🙂

 

And after the class what else…chatting, chatting chatting………

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Thank you once again EGST for organizing this wonderful meeting.

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Be creative,

Georgia  -mouhoxlab-

 

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Moving toys (Automata)

It is some time now that Tania Christoforatou who is a great painter and kids art teacher, mentioned me CLOHE automata.

CLOHE Automata are mechanical moving toys that can be used as a learning tool for primary students to introduce engineering, arts, sculpture, mechanics and science, by combining play and technology.

The mechanical principles behind Automata go back thousands of years from Ancient Greece to Egypt, later used by Leonardo da Vinci and having a great  pick in the 19th century, where in that time we see the automata becoming more of a child’s toy.

This idea is widely used by teachers all over the world and it is amazing what kids can make using their imagination and mechanics.

 

Kids automata

The great thing about automata is that you can use everyday simple craft materials like a cardboard box, wooden sticks, glue or acrylics and make a simple or more complex one.

Working table 1 - Automata Working table - Automata Working table 3 - Automata

 

CLOHE has great site were you can find so many useful information about how a kid can make an automata toy on his/her own or with the help of a parent/teacher.

You can start with a simple construction and  later make a more complex one!!!!

automata box 1      Automata 2

 

Tania in her painting classroom has made an ice-cream eater. It is super fun and you can check out in the kids workshop site “koitazokaivlepo” their other amazing projects.

!!!! Thank you Tania for sharing this great automata concept !!!!

I must admit with all this combination of craft and mechanics I got a little jealous and I made my very own automata box.  So here is a video of my Butterfly automata ->

 

Just my way to say !!!!! HAPPY SPRING !!!!!! 🙂 🙂

 

How about you? Are you ready to start your own moving toy? !!!!

Get your craft materials and give it a try!!! Children will got crazy!!!

 

Be creative,

Georgia -mouhoxLab-