DIY Photo Props! | Tay from Millennial Moms

DIY Photo Props! | Tay from Millennial Moms


(sweet guitar) – Hey guys, welcome
back to Millennial Moms. I’m Tay, and that means that it’s Tuesday. (smooching) Alright guys, today I’m
gonna be sharing with you another fun prop we made for
Landice’s tenth birthday. This is really easy, and it’s inexpensive, so let’s get going. (cheerful strumming) (camera click) Alright, so we’re gonna start
by cutting out some images, picking out what we want, lips, bow ties, hats, all that is good. I’m using my Cricut,
because Cricut design space has all of these already,
although you can go onto Google and find all the images you want, print them out, and then
cut them out onto paper I found these stir sticks
in the Target Dollar Spot. And I just cut all my pieces of paper out, and then glued the pieces together. For some of them, I cut
out two different sizes, so that I could layer them, so that they were more sturdy, and had a fun little pop
of color behind them. And then I just glued all the
little pieces, well actually, Landice glued all these
little pieces together. So we had ties, bow tie, lips, masks. Just make sure that you
make them nice and big. So you can also cut them
out onto regular paper and trace them onto card stock. So then I took the stir
sticks that I found, and you can just buy, like chopsticks, or any type of stick that you can find, but I like these because
they had a big base that I could use to hot glue to the back. And then a way to decorate them, I used chalk pens for some of them, and I just used the hashtag that we were gonna do for the party, #PartyLikeAPanda animal. Most of these girls
don’t have social media, so this hashtag really didn’t get used. And then the other ones, I
used glue and some glitter, because you always have to have
a little glitter at a party. You just have to, it’s
just one of the rules. So my favorite way to do glitter is just to make, like,
a crazy mess with it, dump it out onto a paper towel, and then fold it in half
and dump it right back into the glitter container so
you don’t waste any glitter. So then I went and I embellished
all of the little crowns and things like that that I did. Just made ’em really cute. And these’ll be nice, because
you can store them away, and use them for more parties later on. And they’re always good to have on hand. (casual guitar) If you guys want to see yesterday’s video, check out right there. If you guys want to see more
from me at Millennial Moms, check out right there. And if you guys want to subscribe to Millennial Moms, Millennial Moms, check out right here. Alright you guys, thanks for being a subscriber if you’re
already one already. I love you guys. Don’t forget to check out my own personal channel, Auntie Tay. Love you guys, bye. (smooches)

Portrait Lighting Arrangements for the DIY LED Studio Lights – How to light a portrait

Portrait Lighting Arrangements for the DIY LED Studio Lights – How to light a portrait


now that you have your own DIY studio set up or maybe you’re planning to build one you need to learn how to use it I’m going to walk you through a dozen different ways that I use these lights I’ll give you some tips that I’ve learned along the way and I’ll show you a few of my finished shots as well stay tuned hey gang just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say DIY LED studio lights be sure to check out this video and also be sure to stay tuned until the very end and I’ll share some really useful and not so obvious lighting tips for portrait photography so this is a 4 light setup that I built with the idea of having two main lights that are 11 and 1/2 inches wide and 48 inches tall and also two additional lights that are 5 and 1/2 inches wide and 48 inches tall my plan was to use them as rim lights or background lights you can even add strobes to extend the possibilities so let’s start out by using just one main light on camera left here’s the result on white on gray and on black if we add a Walmart reflector on the camera right side this is what we get on white here is how it looks on gray and on black please note the reflector is parallel to the subjects face and slightly higher you don’t want to be adding light from below the face unless you’re trying to make a zombie photo I also place the reflector slightly in front of the subjects face experiment moving the reflector closer or further from the face to get the amount of fill that you’re happy with remember there’s no right or wrong now if we add rim lights to the mix we get this look now I created this setup intending to use it as a clamshell lighting setup turn sideways remember that clamshell lighting is when you have two lights one above and one below your lens and you get lighting that looks like this now if we turn the clamshell set sideways and set each light at an equal distance from the lens we’ll get a lighting arrangement that looks like this now if we set up our two main lights on either side of the subject on a white background we’ll get this and on grey and here’s what we have on black my subject is about five feet from the background in all of these examples if you place your subject and lights closer to the backdrop it will course make the white and the gray backgrounds look lighter now for those of you that like a more traditional lighting setup if we turn off the inside strip on the camera right main light we now have a two-to-one lighting ratio with two lights lit on the left and one light on the right here’s how it looks on gray and again on black now before some of you asked if these lights only work on white or black or gray the answer is of course not they’ll work on any color you want be patient I’ll get to the different colors so here’s the setup that I had in mind when I built these lights four lights two lights in the front and two rim lights in the back here’s how it looks on gray and here it is on black now remember my subject is about five feet from the background if we turn the two rim lights and face them towards the backdrop we make the backdrops later here’s the gray version if I move the two single strips closer to the background I can make the backgrounds even brighter here it is on gray I can also get a nice gradient on the backdrop if I take the two single lights and simply lay them on the floor to light the gray background this will also work on white for those of you that really want to go old-school the hair light you can use a super clamp made by Manfrotto or impact and a swivel tilt bracket with a stud to mount the super clamp mount this on a heavy duty light stand and you also need to use a small counterbalance bag to level it an important warning here this works really well but be sure to tighten that super clamp with a death grip and use a stand that will support the weight of your counterbalance and the light you don’t want the light falling on your subject if you think you’re going to do this more than once it’s a good idea to mark the spot where you got the light to balance with a sharpie that way the next time you set it up you won’t have to experiment with finding the balance point okay so let’s look at just a few more variations and I’ll use colored backgrounds for these if we take both main lights and we move them to the same side we get a much broader light source and if we keep the subject close to the background we can get away with just the main lights or add a simple rim light like you see here if we add a strobe to light the background we can use all four LEDs in a sideways clamshell set up with two rim lights and then light the background with a separate strobe that gives you the option of adding color gels to create even more color possibilities now I can go on for another hour or so but I think you get the point the possibilities are endless and you’re really only limited by your own ability to see light now I promise you some useful tips the first one notice the height of the lights in relationship to my subject I always try to keep my subjects face in the lower half of the lighting fixture if you set the fixture too low you’ll have a lot of light coming from below the face which can cause shadows on the top of the cheeks and the nose the second tip be very careful with the rim lights you don’t want them to be so close that you lose detail in the hair on the skin and you certainly don’t want to have a nose that glows take your time adjust the lights accordingly also pay really close attention to the hair when you’re using the rims if the hair is too far forward on the subjects face it will cause a dark shadow on the side of the face you do not need to move the light to fix this move the hair a little hairspray will keep it in place long enough for you to get your shot so there you have it regardless of whether you using my DIY LED lights or if you already had the t8 fluorescents or if you’re using speed lights or mono lights all of these arrangements will work depending on the modifiers you have available and the backgrounds you have now please the key here is practice and then practice some more experiment and always remember that your best shot is your next shot so keep learning keep thinking and keep shooting adios thanks for watching if you find these videos helpful please give them a thumbs up and subscribe so that you don’t miss a single episode and if you’ve got a question that you’d like answered post it in the comments section below your questions could be my next video

Unboxing, Set Up, and Installation of the HP DeskJet 2132 Printer | HP DeskJet | HP

Unboxing, Set Up, and Installation of the HP DeskJet 2132 Printer | HP DeskJet | HP


Hi my name is Adam, and I work for HP. Today I am going to show you the unboxing,
set up, and installation of the HP DeskJet 2132 printer. This is the HP DeskJet 2132 printer. The first thing we’re going to do is open
the box. Inside the box, you’ll find the set up poster. This has the written steps for what we are
showing in this video. You’ll also find the ink cartridges. This is the number 63 black cartridge, as well as the number 63 tri-color cartridge, a power cord, and your printer setup disc for both Windows
and Mac. If you misplace this disc, you can download the software and drivers
at hp.com/drivers. This is the ink caution sheet. Remove any packing materials on top of the printer. Next, we’re going to take the printer out
of the box. Set the box on its side, then slide the printer out of the box and
set the box aside. In the box, we will find the user manual, and an activation key for bonus software
from Hallmark. Remove the Styrofoam end caps one at a time. Remove the clear plastic from around the printer. Open the paper output tray and remove the
blue tape. Remove all other blue tape from the outside
of the printer. Make sure you open the cartridge access door and remove the last piece of blue tape and cardboard
from inside the printer. Remove the twist tie from the power cord. Plug one end of the power cord in the back
of the printer, and the other end into a wall outlet. In this video, we are using a power strip, but HP recommends plugging directly in a wall
outlet for best performance. Make sure the cartridge access door is closed, and that there are no packing materials under
the scanner lid. Press the Power button to turn on the printer. The printer will start initializing. When the printer stops making noise, open
the cartridge access door. Open the package containing the black ink cartridge. If you have difficulty opening the package, you can use scissors to cut it open. Before installing the cartridge, make sure you remove the protective tab from
the cartridge. Make sure you do not touch the copper colored
contacts or ink nozzles. Insert the black cartridge in the right slot. The contacts must face the back of the printer
for a correct install. Slide the cartridge in the slot and press
firmly until it clicks into place. Now, remove the tri-color cartridge from its package. Just as before, remove the protective tab, making sure not to touch the contacts. Insert the tri-color ink cartridge into the
left slot. Close the cartridge access door. Now we will load paper into the printer. Pull up on the paper input tray. Then, adjust the paper width guide all the
way to the left. Align a stack of paper by tapping it on the table, then load it into the paper input tray. Adjust the paper width guide until it touches
the edge of the paper. Now we will install the software using the
disc that came in the box. On your computer, open the CD-ROM. If there is another disc in there, remove
it. Load the disc, then close the tray. If the CD does not automatically run, click the prompt to open the CD options. Click Run to open the installer. If a User Account Control window opens, click Yes. When the installer opens, click Continue. This screen shows the software that is going
to be installed. You can click the Customize Software
Selections button to choose what software you install. Click Next. Check the box to agree to the terms. Click Next. The software and drivers will now install. For the purpose of this video, we sped up
this process. When prompted, connect the square end of the
USB cable into the port on the printer. Plug the flat end into the computer’s USB port. The installer will detect that you have connected your printer and will finish the installation. Follow any on-screen prompts that might appear. At this point, all your printer’s software
and drivers are installed. You can click Continue Online to activate
your printer and register it with HP, or close out the installer. If you close out of the installer, click Yes,
Skip to confirm you want to skip activation. This was the unboxing, set up, and installation
of the HP DeskJet 2132 printer. You can find additional helpful videos at
hp.com/SupportVideos and on our YouTube channel, youtube.com/HPPrinterSupport.

DIY Product Photography

DIY Product Photography


Today we’re going to do a DIY product
photography setup which is either cheap or free for most of you to set up. It
takes only a few minutes to create, doesn’t use up a lot of space and works
well for all practical purposes. Before getting into this I should say that you
should visit MarkSight.com where you can find eBay top-selling lists and do
product research before selling anything online. So the reason I’m doing
this video is, this is a setup that I personally use and I haven’t seen
anybody else actually do it exactly like this. So you should watch the whole video
because I’m gonna have a lot of tips for you. And these tips are going to help you
create really good looking product photographs I promise. It doesn’t matter
if you’re gonna use those photographs for eBay or Amazon or for really your
own website, even Shopify. That’s up to you. The goal here, is to create really
nice photographs. Let me quickly show you some photographs I found on eBay just
today, and I’m not picking on anybody. My photographs also looked just like this
when I was starting out. I’m by no means a professional but my photos are now
definitely better than this. Here’s somebody using a newspaper as
their background. People are taking photographs on tabletops. And further
still people are using oftentimes photos from the manufacturer. And this is
actually something eBay does not like, okay. And most people as well… one quick
tip about this particular photograph – notice the flash. So when you’re taking
photographs of your products this is something I do. I like to turn off the
camera flash. Two reasons for this. The first is that there’s a huge white flash
in the middle of the photo here. And this is actually blocking people from seeing
maybe important details, like what’s written there on the product. And
the other reason is that it’s creating a lot of additional shadows that normally
would not be in the photograph, If the flash was not turned on. So I like to
turn my flash off. Here are the things you’re gonna need for this setup… Funny
enough, the first tool you’ll need is a toothpick. You’ll also need some tape and
printer paper. Here I’m showing you my full setup, right on the table. Take your
printer paper and use two sheets at a time, not one, but two. The reason why
you’re gonna use two is one sheet of paper is still a little bit transparent.
But two sheets of paper together are gonna look really solid white. And just
tape it to your wall. What I did here was I taped several sheets of paper in a row
because I wanted a slightly larger white background here. And you’ll notice that I
bent the bottom of the paper so that it sits on the table. All right. And then
on top of this paper I placed additional printer paper again. And again in two
sheets at a time. And then I placed my product on top of this. Then I have a
desk lamp and by the way any desk lamp will do. You probably have one at home.
But the problem with a desk lamp is that if you shine it on your product it’s
gonna create hot spots just like a flash will do. So this is where your toothpick
comes in. I took one sheet of paper and punched a ton of holes in it and then I
put it around this lamp. And what this does is this diffuses the light enough
so that there’s no more hot spots but it’s still casting some light on the
product itself. When you do photography enough, and again I’m no professional at
this but any real professional will tell you that the secret to
photography is lighting. As long as you have good lighting, you’re gonna have
more or less good photographs. If you have terrible lighting, it doesn’t matter
what your camera is, doesn’t matter what your skills are, you’re just gonna have
bad photos. But how do you get good lighting? What does it mean?
Well you can do several tricks here. First of all you can use as much natural
lighting as possible. So if you are able to take photographs of your product
next to a window, either in the morning or before sunset, so that the sunlight is
actually shining on the product, that’s a good source. Another one is, just like I
have here. The problem for me is that after a day job I’m normally taking
photos in the evening, so there’s no more natural light. So I’m going to turn on
the desk lamp I might also turn on the room lights and this creates enough
light that the product looks alright, and not with too many shadows. So here,
just for comparison I’m going to show you some photos I took without this
setup. And you’ll notice that they look just like the usual eBay photographs
that people take. And for comparison, here are some photographs that I took, and I
didn’t process these photographs by the way in any way, these are raw from the
camera. Just a few photos for you to see what happens when you use the
setup. And I think you’ll agree that these are looking much nicer. And what I
noticed is that these photographs are for sure looking much more professional.
So people will be more willing to buy it. I have actually more sales with these
kinds of photographs and that’s why I put the time into them. Please remember,
you’re gonna take photographs anyway. Most likely, if you’re not taking
photographs then you’re gonna use photos that everybody else is using. So
you’re not standing out in any way. So you should be taking your own
photographs and since you are doing that, since you’re already spending the time
and the effort to do that, you might as well put in the 5 or 10 minutes this
setup takes. And do it the proper way. One additional little tip here, or a
couple of tips: make sure to zoom in onto the product as much as possible. So it’s
taking up as much of the screen as possible. And that’s going to
accentuate that the person looking at the picture, is focusing right in the
product and nothing else. The background, the reason why I use white is because
it’s more or less neutral. So if I have a green product or a blue product, or
doesn’t matter, it’s looking all right in front of a white background. If I have a
pure white product, yeah let’s say like a white shampoo bottle or something, that’s
obviously not gonna look good in front of a white background, so then I would
use maybe gray or black even. I would suggest you don’t use any colorful
backgrounds, because what they do is they distract the user again to look at the
background or not the product. So don’t use green or blue or yellow backgrounds,
or anything like that. Just use flat backgrounds: white black or
grey. But for most purposes white is the better option. Here, another tip is take
lots of photographs. What you’re going to notice is that oftentimes the camera
does not zoom properly and it doesn’t focus properly. So you’re gonna have
slightly off pictures. Maybe it’s not going to be centered enough. Maybe
it’s gonna be off focus again. And you’re gonna toss a lot of photos out, and
remember eBay offers you 12 photos that you can upload, so use them all up. Upload
as many photos as possible. So take lots of photos while you have the option to
do that. I can’t tell you how times I was sorry I didn’t take enough
photos because they all turned out bad, and I took so few of them. Normally I’ll
take like 20 photographs of a product or even 30 photos. And I’ll just pick the
best 12. So again, just for comparison, without using this setup here’s a
photograph and with using the setup another photograph. And these photos are
by themselves, really good enough to be used on eBay.
You’ll look more or less professional with them. But there is one additional tip I
have and that’s Photoshop. Alright so even though we can already
use this photograph online already as it is,
it’s sort of good enough. I would like to show you one more tip where I’m gonna
use Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop, to make this look even nicer, or even
professional quality. This is Adobe Photoshop CS2 and it’s
available for download for free online. From actually, Adobe! They give it away
for free, because it’s something like a 15 year old program now. So I opened up
the photograph all I need to do this one little thing… go to “image adjustments” and
go to “Auto levels”. Click that. The result is quite nice isn’t it? You can see that
it’s even got the slight shading on the borders. I like that, yeah. And this is a
picture I might already use on eBay. So let me save that and just show you that
picture closer. All right, here it is. Cool, isn’t it? Oh, I almost forgot,
notice that in my setup I have a piece of paper standing upright on the left of
the product. You might ask, what’s it doing there? And it’s actually serving a
purpose. Since I have only one desk lamp, this piece of paper is serving as a
reflector back onto the product, from the same desk lamp. So, it’s obviously not as
bright as a desk lamp, but it’s still reflecting lots of light back onto the
product. You see what I mean – now I almost have two desk lamps. And again, I
got this result by not building a product box, but just using simple white
paper. I hope these tips were helpful and inspires you to create better
photographs. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.

Graduation Party Ideas: DIYs, Decor and More For 2019

Graduation Party Ideas: DIYs, Decor and More For 2019


Hi there my name is Solia and like many
of you I cannot wait for graduation day. So that’s why I’ll be sharing with you
some graduation party ideas to make sure that your commencement day is super
special. So if you’re anything like me you’re gonna want party ideas that are
really fun budget-friendly and easy to make. So stick around and I’m going to
show you seven DIY party decorations like table centerpieces, picture frames,
party favors photo booth props, balloon decorations
and even a sweet sequin graduation banner. Ready to start crafting? Let’s go! Our first DIY graduation party idea is a
balloon chandelier. It’s gonna be the perfect welcome to all of your guests. Punch a hole in the center of the card
stock. Place your four by six cards in the center of your 5×7 card stock. Use
your double-sided tape to do this. With a marker add cute details to the card
stock. Attach the ribbon to the card stock through the hole. Blow up a balloon,
you can use a helium tank if you’d like. Tie knot at the end to hold the air in.
Attach your balloon to the cards with the ribbon. Hang the balloon from the ceiling. Repeat
to all 10 balloons. For uploading and printing your digital photos don’t
forget to download the Shutterfly app. If you want a more personalized theme
switch up the balloon colors to match your school colors and add images of
friends and family that helped you throughout the school year. Want to know
a cool way for your party guests to drink in style? Glitter cups.
They’re fun festive and can be made in just five easy steps. Make sure though
that you’re doing this in a well-ventilated area because you’ll be
using glue and nail polish. Fill your bowl with glitter. Take your
cup and with a paintbrush add the glue. Dip your cup in the glitter. Lightly dab
the glitter to set it in place. Once the glitter is settled add the nail
polish to the glitter. Let it dry for about ten minutes and fill with your
favorite drink. You could always try mixing different types of metallics such
as gold, rose, silver and bronze for a more festive look. What’s better than sequins on your
graduation day? A sequined banner of course! For this you can use words like
‘hooray’ or the year of your graduation. For ours we’re gonna be using ‘congrats’. Print out a sheet with each letter that
you’ll be using in your banner. Keep the letter on top of the cardboard and begin
tracing it with your crafting knife. Wrap the trim around your letter and glue gun
along the way. In some cases it’s easier to stretch the trim vertically instead
of wrapping. Spell out your phrase backwards add glue to the back of each
letter and place the hanging cord on each piece. Let it dry for approximately
20 minutes and hang it up. If all you have available are loose sequins that
works too. Just glue them directly to the cardboard. There’s no doubt this banner
will make your graduation party dazzle For an easy yet elegant touch to your
DIY party try dressing up simple picture frames. You can add your favorite photos,
graduation quotes and personalized graduation announcements. Paint your frame any color you’d like
and let it dry. Once dry flip the frame over and start measuring how much twine
you’ll nee. Cut the twine a little longer than necessary so it’s easy to
glue. Use your hot glue gun to attach the twine to the frame. Remember to stretch
out your wire as much as possible Repeat this step as many times as you’d
like depending on how big the frame is Let it dry for about five minutes.
Hang your clothes pins along with the pictures or quotes and you’re done. You can do this with small and large
frames. It would be really fun to have guests bring in pictures of you
throughout the years and hang them on clothespins as they come in. Photos make any party more memorable and having photo props allows your party guests to be a little bit more fun and
adventurous. Also be sure to create a social media hashtag for your graduation
party and add it to the props so that your guests can tag you on your special
day. Draw a three-inch box on each corner of
your poster board. Draw a straight line from one corner of the box horizontally
to the other side. Repeat for the top and sides of the poster board. Use the
crafting knife to cut out the rectangular frame. You should be left
with a large picture frame. Set that aside. Take your gold poster board and
flip it over. Place your cup upside down and trace the circumference with your
pencil. Repeat until you cover one and a half poster boards. Cut out the circles
and start placing them on your frame until it’s covered. Once you’re happy
with the placement start gluing them down with your glue gun. Take your brush
and add glue to the desired circles and top with glitter. Set with the spray, add your hashtag of
choice and snap away. It’ll be so fun to see all the photos your friends and
family took at your graduation party. It’s always great to get advice from
family and friends, especially when you can take it with you wherever you go.
This DIY shadow box will allow you to cherish special thoughts and wishes for
years to come. Take apart your shadow box. Cut a slit on
the top of your box with a crafting knife. With a drill carefully follow the
slit. Be sure to wear safety goggles. Sand to smooth it out. Paint your box and set
it to dry. Glue your principal to the back of the
box. Once it’s dry place the frame back on the shadow box and make sure it’s
closed all the way. Have your guests decorate your bookmarks and add their favorite piece of advice for the graduate and slide it in the box. It’s always good to give your guests a
little thank-you party favor for celebrating your special day with you.
Besides who doesn’t love candy? You can put these DIY mason jars as table
centerpieces or pass them out at the end of your event. Cut slits to the bottom of
your gold paper to make fringe. Wrap the thin piece around the bottom of the lid
in blue. Add the square to the top of the lid and glue. Take your rope and glue it
to the top of the black square. Cover it with the small circle cut out. Take your
fringe and wrap it around the rope. Don’t forget to glue. Now for the best part, add
candy to your jar and seal. With these DIY ideas your graduation
party will be amazing. It just takes a little creativity and some crafting and
you’re on your way to celebrating. For more DIY party ideas visit Shutterfly.com and follow our Instagram for unique decorating surprises. Also comment below
with your favorite graduation party ideas. I’d love to hear all about them.

DIY BACKDROP WITH FAIRY LIGHTS

DIY BACKDROP WITH FAIRY LIGHTS


The plan for today is to make this lovely
spot that you can see right now, into something that is camera-worthy, for the vlog. Given that amazon delivers the packages in
time, and I get my hands on whatever I ordered soon enough, then I can start cracking on,
and making that space look beautiful. I have just received the acoustic tiles, which
are pretty big. I am going to unbox these and put them up.
But before that, I want to show you how bad it looks without it. So this is what it looks like right now. It’s
all white, boring, empty, nothing’s happening there. It’s just too bright, hard light, hard
shadows if I go back. I don’t want this. I want something exciting,
something that swallows shadows, something that’s nice to look at. Something that doesn’t
draw your attention away, and is simply better. Remember kids, if you use the cooking top
to unpack your packages, make sure you never turn them on while the box is on. I’ve done
it once, and it burned my package, so I had to return the item. It wasn’t a very nice
thing to do. That last bit. Always that last bit. Let’s chip some off it, and see if it’s fireproof
or not. My camera is overheating, the other one, so
I’m using the GoPro to showcase this. Let’s see what happens. Look at that. Melts away. Doesn’t catch on fire, which is good. The
bad thing is, that it melts away. If there is a fire and something happens,
this will not cause huge problems, but it won’t help either. Looks much better, doesn’t it? I’m really,
really happy how it turned out, and it’s still not finished. There are still some bits and
pieces arriving tomorrow. I am genuinely very, very excited about this. It turned out much
better than I expected. I even have some companions. What? Of course I will not incinerate you.
Why would you say that to me? I love you. I love you cube. If you have any questions or suggestions on
how I could improve the backdrop behind me, please leave them in the comments below or
on the facebook page of journey to my dreams. Or with my twitter account vsbmeza. Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this episode,
please show your support by subscribing with the button here. I know, we’re gonna have the cake together. It’s all gonna be ok.

Made a Backdrop For a Subscriber’s Birthday Party | DIY Grid Backdrop | DIY Acrylic Sign

Made a Backdrop For a Subscriber’s Birthday Party | DIY Grid Backdrop | DIY Acrylic Sign


very special video very excited about
about a month ago I received several several several emails from a beautiful
lady named Tamika she is a single mom of two college-age kids and she’s sitting
in her emails that for he or she had wanted to have a nice party and that
this year was fine into the year that she was able to afford something small
but that she was lacking in the decoration department and she reached
out to me to see if I could help her out I was touched I was really really
touched number one did she reached out to me and number two I think he has to
college age kids at forty lady you’re gonna get all the help you need from me
for sure and if you’re wondering was in the box this box is from children
company who has partner with me to help me make pamita’s 40th birthday party
favorite that stuff alright let me show you what’s in the box
this kit makes a full 16-foot balloon garland and take a look at all of the
things that come inside shimmer and confetti offer party
supplies for every season theme and occasion they sell premium quality
balloon arches garland kids party favors and more and they’re also be more than
happy to customize any balloon colors for your kids I send it for me for
Camilla’s 40th celebration and on my side I’m going to be making kaamika the
very trendy pretty background which is perfect for any Mouse
celebration or any elegant celebration and I’m also going to be making her an
acrylic sign that I know she’s going to love because it’s going to make
everything look so elegant all right guys let’s get started here we go all
right guys I’m going to start with the acrylic sign first before I make the
backdrop and I’m going to be using a 20 inch by 32 inch acrylic sheet that I got
from Home Depot and as you can see it’s a little cloudy and that’s because there
is a plastic film a plastic protective film of the bottle but I’m going to
leave it on because I’m going to be painting this in black a little later
and I need that to protect it but now what I’m going to do is drill a couple
of holes on each corner at the top to have something or hang it from and I’m
going to be using a 1/16 drill bit is the smallest bit I could find so I can
drill the holes okay I’m going to drill the holes 1 inch from the top and 2
inches from the side before I paint I am going to protect the
parts where the plastic lifted off because somehow you’re not able to pull
it all the way back you just wanna allow me to so I’m going
to use painters tape to cover that up now I’m going to go ahead and clean the
entire area to make sure that is clean before I paint it and I’m going to paint
design in gloss black so the acrylic sign is ready to go and now I’m going to
peel off the plastic at the bottom look how nice and shiny that is so pretty
love it and a place of foam at the bottom because I don’t want the paint to
scratch with the table so then you turn this over cuz the holes are in that
direction information that this acrylic sheet was only $19.99 only $19.99 now
I’m going to place the vinyl decal on the acrylic and this I outsource because
I still don’t know how to work my Cricut is still in the box
I have tempted to do it one time and I kind of gave up I just don’t have the
time for it to learn but I will conquer that one of these days the name is a
little longer than the acrylic but I think I can just move this s you know
further in so I’m going to cut it off and then place it individually I’m also
going to separate the 40th so I can Center it better make sure acrylic is clean from all
debris and sensor to castle now I’m going to remove the backing
paper and then I’m going to slowly lower the transfer tape and then I’m going to
secure the decal on the acrylic with the squeegee beautiful look at that now we’re moving
on to this pan and for the stand you can actually use a regular standard steel
stand you can buy from either Amazon or a favor Mart I will have the information
in the description box below but if you don’t want to spend that much you can
make one out of PVC and paint it in black okay here I am using some recycled
PVC pipes that I had and I painted in black and I’m gonna tell you how you’re
gonna make all this work to make a nice stand if you’re going to make your stand
exactly as I’m making mine you are going to need three of the large pipes back
here which came in ten feet they all come in ten feet you are going to cut
them down into six and a half feet okay so you’re going to need three of these
and for this one you are going to need four and these are one and a half feet
and they are going to serve our stuff feet so this is basically the base that
this Dan is going to stand on I think the reasons yeah I think it it alright
and then you are going to need two T’s two elbows and four caps and they’re all
one-inch so they can all fit together alright guys so it’s going to go
something like this the elbows right here are going to connect the three
large pipes and then the T’s are going to connect the legs and then I have caps
that I’m going to put on each end so I can polish the look okay very easy and
very affordable and you should get a mullet if you’re not going to glue your
pipes together with pipe glue I do not like to do my pipes because I like to
pull them apart to store them and there it is now it’s time to place the mesh
over it so we can make it a great backdrop you are seeing a heavy-duty
deer fence it is 7.5 feet in height and a hundred feet in width you obviously
don’t need that much but I also want to make a round backdrop but I will have
information for you guys in the description box below for 50 feet and
okay so you can have if you want to buy alright so I am going to be cutting it
down to the height of my backdrop and I’m going to attach them with black zip
ties okay guys so here is the dilemma I am not trusting to place the sit ties or
cut anything until I fix the stand technically nothing wrong with the stand
I have used these stands before buddy only had a balloon garland and you know
balloons are not that heavy but with this I am worried that once I
place the net then the balloons and then the sign is going to be wobbly so what
I’m thinking is that I’m going to add another X and a half inch PVC pipe and
then I will have to switch the two caps in the back for elbows okay so you are
going to need four elbows instead of two so that definitely looks better and
feels better now let’s move on to the size and there you have it guys a grid
backdrop and a beautiful acrylic sign I tripled up on fishing line to hang up
the sign and he’s strong and look at it it looks like a million bucks love it
and fYI the final setup that you see here is not going to be the final set up
at a venue that I will have ready for you guys on Sunday so make sure to check
out my social media pages

Anna does everything #4: Making a photography backdrop

Anna does everything #4: Making a photography backdrop


[music] So today I am following a tutorial by White Canvas, who is someone I follow on Instagram They do really cool photography backdrops with plaster and paint and getting really
nice textures, and they’ve actually posted a few tutorial videos about how they do this,
so I’m going to have a go. I actually got the plaster for this at the
weekend, and then my dad came over and saw it, and was like,
[distorted voice] Anna, you cannot do this, like if you use plaster, it’s a nightmare,
you WILL immediately die. and I was like,
Cool, um… I’m still gonna. But… thanks. But then yesterday he came round and he’d
actually bought me a different type of plaster in a giant tub that I’m sitting on, that he
thinks will work better. So now I feel like a dick, but… thanks dad. Just so you know, I don’t have like, anybody
helping me with this. When I do overhead shots, I don’t have like
a counterweight for my camera, my tripod. So I just hook my handbag over the back of
it. Which isn’t even heavy enough, so today I
put in like, I found a bag of onions in the porch and I just put that in my handbag, and
that’s my counterweight. So that’s what we’re dealing with here. I feel like this could be some really good
ASMR. I don’t even listen to ASMR and I’m kind of
into it. I actually plastered both sides of this board,
so I’m doing one side with a black wash as per the tutorial, and then the other with
pink, just cause I love pink. So my takeaway from this is, that was so much
easier than I thought it would be, once I convinced my dad to allow me to touch plaster. It’s quite a faff, because you have to let
coats dry, do multiple layers and let it dry overnight and stuff, so I think it would make
sense to do a bunch in one go. But even just doing the one, and doing it
double-sided, that was a lot easier than I expected, a lot quicker than I expected,
I didn’t cover myself in plaster and then have to be cracked out of it with a tiny hammer,
which I can only imagine is what my dad was afraid of. And I’m super thrilled with how they look! I’ve shot okonomiyaki on the grey side, which
was really just because I was hungry and I was eating lunch and like, the grey side was
done! And then I’m eating yoghurt right now, cause
I just shot that on the pink side! So, thank you so much White Canvas, I really
enjoyed this project. I’m definitely going to make a whole bunch
more because I think they look super effective for food photography, and also I have a whole
bunch of plaster left. So join me next week when I DO cover myself
head to toe in plaster and have to be cracked out of it with a tiny hammer. I could do that. Like, he couldn’t stop me from doing that. I’m a grown adult. If I want to cover myself in plaster, I could
cover myself in plaster. Yeah, I think I need to see my friends. Miss you guys! [laughter]

Green Screen Paint – DIY vs Professional – which one for your chroma key background – Rosco & Dulux

Green Screen Paint – DIY vs Professional – which one for your chroma key background – Rosco & Dulux


Greens screen paint, ones a DIY option the other is a professional paint option. In
this video I’ll look at the difference between the two and see if it’s worth going the extra
mile for professional option over DIY one for your home studio setup. Now when people do in a green screen on a home studio they tend to use a muslin cloth primarily because its easily available,
it’s cheap but it’s not the best material by along
why in fact is really quite a poor material
it creases easily, and actually doesn’t reflect that much
light back. Now you could use a professional
material like this. This is a foam backed chroma key green
material but the stuff is really quite expensive
and also difficult to get hold of now as an
alternative to that you could use painted background and
this is what I’ve actually got here I’ve got two sheets, they are actually foam sheets and they are hung my stand back here which
would normally hang my white screen or green screen on and they’ve been painted green and green, ones the DIY green and the others the professional green now great thing about having a painted
background over the cloth background is you don’t need to worry about all those
wrinkles, and straighten the thing out, your always
gonna have a perfectly flat smooth surface. Now the two schools of
thought when it comes to using paint for chroma key work. The first is just get any bright green
paint you can lay hands on for the DIY store of possible take down a sample of
something which you can find which is really bright
green and ideally if you can get something like this, this a professional
material showed earlier and I’ve had is scanned and had this
Dulux mix and match paint made up and this is the point which I
actually used on this panel here now if you speak to many people in the
film business or videographers they will say you need to use a specialist
paint and this is one from a company called Rosco it’s an American company and as you can
see it says video video paint and this is chroma key green now this is
the paint I’ve actually got on this panel here. Now
when you get your DIY paint mix for you you actually just buying straightforward
normal paint for household use, this Dulux paint here, is starts of as
a can of white base paint and then obviously depending upon what pigments added to it will give you the colour, in the case for this one they add a little
bit blue a bit of yellow, shake it up and you’ve
got the green paint which we’ve actually got here. Now when you speak to people who make this sort paint they say we don’t do it like that we
actually use a green pigment and we use a lot more fit then they
would do in this sort of paint. Now they say that gives I
higher saturation which means there’s more green color which is coming back of screen and you don’t need as much
like to get the same amount of green and also the paint is formulated so as a
matter, flatter finish so therefore you get much less in the
way hot spoting than you do with this type of paint Now looking at these two panels of green
actually doesn’t really help when your staring at the things for a long
time, your eyes get used to the differences and you can’t see the defects in them easily now what we need to do is to actually
take this shot without me in it, go over to our computer
and put into After Effects and then Premier and then we’ll be able to see using waveform monitor and vectorscope and a few other tools what these actually look like when we’ve analyzed them in a more technical manner which is much more accurate than using your eyes alone. so here we are we’re actually now in
premier and I’ve loaded up I piece of footage
which are made earlier which is basically just the panels here
which I’m zoomed out, actually can see how large this is, here’s me standing
with a colour checker there and now you can see how large this is, I’m not zoomed in anywhere, it is the full panel, so if I just move
that out at the way and what we want to do is actually use what’s called a reference monitor, if we
go to window and we go down to reference monitor and click on that this
will bring up then our technical displays, now this is actually a waveform monitor here, This is the overall luminance and this is it broken
down and its called the RGB parade and it breaks down red green and blue
this bit here is a vector scope now actually called it a vector graph before it’s not it’s a vector scope now what we’ll do is we’ll look at this
one first because this is gonna give us much more information, this actually shows us the overall levels above light coming
from the actual scene here, and it reflects it
exactly the same way as it goes from left to right here so this is a left-hand side, this is the
right hand side there there, if you look in the middle here you
can see the drop, that little spike down there is actually the dark bit coming down
here. Now how this actually works is this is showing you the overall
luminance or light level in the scene now if I add I fast color corrector and just drop this down, i’ll show you what
happens if we make it completely dark you see get a black screen here and that
line drops down to line just a that’s completely black so it’s
just under 0.3, if we do the same and bring it back up so it’s completely
white its then right to the top here, its just over
1 that is the top at the maximum
brightness could ever be. So that gives you an idea of what this is actually doing here we’ve got white here we’ve got
completely black so we’re sitting just roughly in the
middle there, now what we can see here is but this side
here is a lower brightness than this side here and we can also see
that it’s more uniform brightness, the top to
the bottom in the thickness of this line but top is the brightest part that is the lowest part So the top to the bottom and that means there’s not much variation between the very light parts and the dark parts same here but the overall level we can see on this side which is the
professional paint stays pretty much level all the way across right to the
edge where is starts to drop down a little bit here however on the DIY paint we’ve got A, a lower level to start off
with so it’s giving back is it’s not reflecting is much light back
but here which is probably around about here he
starts to drop off and get slightly darker now you cant see
it easily with your with your eyes but it can be picked up here so we can see but the DIY paint not only is not as reflective it also has a slight drop
off to one side even though they’re both lit by the
same lights in the same positions on both sides this is gonna give you that better background lighting for your green screen, than this one its gonna drop off a little bit now if
we look below we’ll see how it’s broken down into its actual component colors and here
we’ve got the red, levels, green levels and the blue levels see this is this side here and this side and side here so we can see that the DIY paint is
actually a purer green, it’s got a lower level
of blue it matches the level of red and here is the
green. so there is less blue in here but actually
this one has got higher levels on this side
high-level green but the blue is actually it’s not just
above it, like it is on these its quite a bit above it so this is why
this looks a slightly different colour it’s a little bit more cyan to
it The DIY paint is the pure green but the
overall thing here we got is this is lower-level and also has a drop of here, this is a high-level and its more
even from one side to the other now for
something else we can’t he do don’t have to go to over After effects to
show you and we’ll just niop over to that now. So now we’ve come over to after effects
and I want to show you this because this actually shows you in more of a
graphical way than maybe looking at the technical monitors alone. What we’ve got here again is the
same piece of footage we used in Premiere with the image of the two
panels side by side what I’ve got here is I’ve got levels and curves and what I
want to do here is enable this, turn it on at the moment i’m gonna select green and what i’mma do it
someone to bring up the levels so that the minimum level
is going to be matching the minimum level of green here and the max level there. We are compressing the image and making it so that anything
that dark it will go completely black and
anything is light will go bright green so I will bring up the bottom here and
will see the difference what’s happening and if you notice here instantly we’ve
got this dark shading here if we bring up the to end here, the brightness look at the difference here we’ve got
now we’ve got the same panel here You can see the variation
in a colours a little bit the Darker toward the top here, this is
the lighting that’s in the room but on this side considering its the same lighting we’ve got it’s much darker this side
here and his darker at the top you can see the
uneven lighting pattern now you could say well yes its poor
lighting and the lighting on the side is not
well-lit with that was the case and it would also affect this side here and you can see the isn’t
affecting the side these I literally side by side these two
panels so the light falling from this side would
also affect the side as well but there isn’t. There is a bit of overlap
between them but you can see the difference so much here we’ve really over-emphasized light and the dark but
this really shows the lighting pattern and we’ve got the drop-off to this side
here on the DIY paint that we don’t have on the professional paint the professional paint it stays much more evenly lit all the way across from almost top to bottom bottom here we getting bit of drop off towards the top and a little bit towards the bottom we got it center lit here this this there is little bit to drop off but no way
near we see on here and again if we do the
same sort of thing with curves and will just bring up the bottom here
and we’ll darken this down and again we’ll see
we’ll make this go to black and even when this is almost black here we’ve still got a good lighting pattern here. So this is
really showing the difference even when we brought this right up here we’ve still got a good even lighting pattern there and this is really now you can see the difference between the two paints
when you really boost up the extremes the light and the
dark and this gives you a real good view how these two paints are actually really
working.So in conclusion we’ve seen that the actual DIY paint
although is actually a purer green with less blue content any is actually
not necessarily the best option to go for real
difference between these two paints is their ability to reflect the light
evenly back to the camera and this is where the
professional chroma key paint from Rosco wins out much more than the actual DIY paint is a
much flatter finish and it will end up with a
much smoother light output across the actual whole area so
therefore from one end to the other you get a very
similar level at light reflected back where as compared to the DIY paint it tended to hot spot more towards the center and then as he went out to be edge it will
get Darker and even with the lights set trying to compensate for that it’s very
difficult to get that to try to balance out the professional paint does it because
is it just a different formulation to the surface
and when it dries it gives this much more diffused output
pattern now. There is one other thing but also need to mention and that the price price of a lot of professional paint if
you go to some companies will be £40 to £50 per litre which is really very expensive now the
Roscoe paint I bought which came from a theatrical supply company in UK which
supplies all the Rosco products worked out at £49 per tin now that is 3.7 litres in a tin and
that worked at £13.25 a litre now bear in mind that the DIY paint was £15 per litre so actually the professional paint worked
out cheaper than the DIY paint, so now you’ve got no
excuse to buy but professional paint its
cheaper and does a better result you don’t have
to now go down to B&Q or wherever take your sample and get it mixed and then hope but it’s going to work and end up with a slightly inferior
result. Go and buy the professional paint Rosco would be the one I recommend and get the job done right. So I hope you found this video
useful for setting up your green screen studio and also maybe the type of paint you thinking if you thinking of using a painted background. if you did don’t forget to like, rate, share &
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DIY tutorial FELT prop for NEWBORN baby PHOTOGRAPHY – tutorial de fieltro (subtítulos Español)

DIY tutorial FELT prop for NEWBORN baby PHOTOGRAPHY – tutorial de fieltro (subtítulos Español)


well no and welcome to a new video it’s
been a while since I’ve done another DIY video and those videos are actually my
favorite well I love of course doing sessions as well and then shouting
behind the scenes see I love helping you take even more amazing photos by sharing
camera settings and light setups and everything but what I like to do a lot
is just craft photo shoot items so yeah in this video I’m going to show you how
you can felt a very easy and very simple and small prop it’s not expensive it can
be a little bit painful and it might be hard if you are really afraid of needles
because there are needles involved so I’m actually in the studio today for two
newborn sessions first I have a girl and then in the afternoon there is a little
boy coming so I have these little hearts like this is a little felt at heart and
this is an off-white one and here I have another one which is more like a sent
colored grayish taupe colored heart so I have two little felted hearts they’re
really tiny and they are super cute because a newborn can hold on to the
little heart you can even put it in between their feet when you’re
photographing their feet together and there’s this tiny felt at heart in
between their feet super cute so now that spurts go to the video where I’m
showing you how you can make these and tons of other props like you can felt
butterflies you can even felt whole you know hats
you can felt little teddy bears whatever you like but it’s pretty much you have a
rubber mat you have some of the special wool and a special needle and you just
stick into it until it like gets a certain shape and then by pushing more
like for example here in the middle of the heart it’ll you know become this
heart shape and the more you put your needle into it the more sturdy it
becomes so let’s go to the video where I’m actually showing you
how to make these and then later we’re gonna come back here to the studio and
I’m gonna show you these little felted hearts in use during a newborn session
I’m going to again show you behind the scenes video clips of actual newborn
sessions and then show you the final finished product with these little
felted hearts so I’ll see you later see I’m making this heart costs me I
don’t know between 10 and 15 minutes and it’s quite
relaxing as well just make sure you don’t stick the needle into your finger
cuz that hurts I started making this butterfly as well it’s not finished yet
because it still needs the tentacles I don’t know
and I might decorate Winx maybe later but for now this is what I’m eight but
it’s pretty easy you have this special needle and then some
Carter’s wool or wool candy however you want to call it and you just stick the
needle in oh yeah you didn’t need a piece of like a rubber but that’s it and
you can be as creative if you want you can make a little teddy bear or I don’t
know get a rainbow whatever you like okay so now you’ve seen how you can make
these little felted hearts or butterflies or whatever you like flowers
teddy bears so I’m going to set up now in the studio first for my newborn
session with a little girl I’m going to show you my setup and hopefully some
behind the scenes images so yeah I really hope you enjoyed this video about
just another small DIY project you can felt whatever you like it’s easy yes you
can stick the needle into your finger which will hurt you but you get more you
get better at it as you go like sometimes you can even like watch series
on that flicks and felt at the same time and not stick the needle on your finger
you will get better at it so thank you so much for watching this video please
let me know in the comments have you ever felt it something what have you
felt it or will you never ever do it again for some reason she had the reason
as well it’s fun to know so thank you so much for watching this video I really
hope you enjoyed it please like subscribe leave a comment and then I’d
love to read your comments and then hopefully you can see me in my next
video okay so for the newborn session with a little boy we’re gonna do off
whites and white so I think the heart will work really well there or you can
see them beautiful so we’ve got off-white on the beanbag and then the
mint-green flokati and the rest I’m gonna set up later but yeah thank you for watching have a
lovely day or evening and I’ll see you in the comments bye