Thank you so much for your enthusiasm about my new book deal. I could not be more excited. And a bit overwhelmed. I have a lot of work to do, but it is the very best kind of work and I am ready. Or, I should say, I am getting ready.
First, I have to finish the series of penguins I am working on so that they will be ready to ship for the show in July. I made a second penguin chick and a third egg. I think one more adult penguin and the family will be complete.
Over the weekend I went to Newtonville Camera and got some help buying photography equipment. Hooray for locally owned camera stores staffed with people who really know what they are talking about!
For this book I will be taking all of the step-by-step photos. And I intend for there to be a lot of step-by-step photos. I want them to be clear and consistent. I want them to look amazing. To get the ball rolling, I emailed some of the photos I took for the Elements of Soft Toy Design series to the art department at Lark to get some feedback. They very kindly analyzed all different aspects of my photos and sent me a page of written feedback.
I took the feedback to the camera shop and got a consulation with Josh, a professional photography who works there. And I used some of my advance to purchase a tripod and a light kit.
I took photo class in high school, in 1992, mainly because I had a serious crush on the photo teacher, Mr. Foo. He had long hair, he was young, he rode a Harley to school and he wore these flowy white button down shirts. Taking photo meant there was a pretty good chance I'd end up in the dark room with Mr. Foo. I was pretty focused on that idea, and not so focused on learning to use a camara.
Then, 13 years later, I started a craft blog and needed to take pictures everyday. After our Nikon CoolPix died a few years ago, I did a bunch of research about digital SLRs and bought a Nikon D40. I've enjoyed using it, but I only know how to use the automatic settings. I've wanted to learn to take better photos for a long time, and I've wanted to buy some equipment to help me, too, and now I finally have the excuse and the funds.
Tomorrow at 12:30 Josh is coming over to give me a lesson on how to use my camera and how to use my new equipment. My "studio" is really just a corner of our bedroom. A very cluttered corner that was already full of fabric and sewing supplies, sketch books, stamps, ink, paper, wire and every other craft supply. And for the next year, at least, there will be a tripod and lights with umbrellas and a table set up for photo shoots. Fortunately there is still a little room for our bed.