02 June 2009

Questions & Answers

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photo by Tom b.

First of all I want to say a huge thank you to all of you reading! I wish I had the time to get back to each and every one of your comments but the minutes and hours just seem to slip away. I swear I have the nicest readers. I know a lot of other bloggers have problems with negative comments* but I've been super lucky to have all of you. It always makes be happy to log into my email and see all of your wonderful comments! I've had a lot of questions lately and while I've tried to answer all of them I know some may have been skipped. So... rather than trying to answer them each individually I thought I'd take a moment to try and address the most frequently asked questions. If there are any I missed that you'd like to have answered feel free to leave them in the comments.

*Whoops! Guess I spoke too soon. I think it's hysterical that as soon as I say I don't get negative comments someone leaves one!

What blog template do you use? How do you get your photos to show up larger?

My blog template is called “Minima Stretch”. I like it because it allows my post to be wider and therefore accommodate larger photos. To choose this template, log into your Blogger account then go to your dashboard; click on “layout” then “pick new template” then choose “Minima Stretch”. In order to have larger photos you have to host them somewhere like Flickr or Photobucket then input the html code rather than uploading them directly through Blogger.

Who takes your photos?

Most of the photos used on my blog are taken by me. I have my little point and shoot camera and my (mostly) trusty tripod that I carry around to snap my photos. You can see the set up in the photo above. It involves a lot of running back and forth from behind the camera to in front of the camera and I’m sure appears strange to passers-by that have no idea why I run around town taking photos of myself. Sometimes Tom likes to pitch in and help out which is always much appreciated. When ever he takes photos I always give him a credit underneath.

What kind of camera do you use?

I use a Canon SD1000. It’s several years old, a little beat up and missing the lens protector from a time when a strong wind knocked over my tripod and sent it crashing to the ground. But I love it anyway! It’s small enough to fit in any purse or in my pocket and I find the function keys on Canon digital point and shoot cameras more user friendly than other brands; perhaps because that’s what I’m used to. But here’s the real answer – the one you probably don’t want to hear. Unless you’re investing big bucks in a nice SLR with a great lens, it really doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use. A camera doesn’t take a great photo – you take a great photo. So no matter what kind of camera you have, just learn to use it well. Read the manual! Learn about the ISO, the shutter speed, the aperture, how to use the macro feature for close-ups. I never, ever put my camera on an automatic setting. I’m constantly adjusting the exposure, the white balance, the ISO to get the best results possible with my little beat up camera.

What program do you use to edit your photos? How do you put those frames around your photos?

I use Photoshop CS3 to edit my photos. I really didn’t know that much about Photoshop when I started blogging. Luckily my graphic designer boyfriend gave me some pointers to get me started. From there I took a couple of great online tutorials to expand my knowledge. And really, I’m still just scratching the surface of the things Photoshop is capable of doing. But I figure there’s nothing I can’t learn by Googling it so anytime I’m stuck I just Google away until I find what I’m looking for. The best thing I’ve learned is working in layers. All of the frames I use are applied using layers.

Do you ship to (insert any country here)? I haven’t received my package; can you give me a tracking number?

Yes! I will be happy to ship to you anywhere in the world. All domestic (US) packages are shipped via USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. All international packages are shipped via USPS First Class International Mail. Rates start at just $11.99. Shipping times vary as packages must pass through customs. Unfortunately First Class International packages do not come with a tracking number. If you require a tracking number for your package I will be happy to upgrade your shipping to Priority but it cost at least twice as much.

How do I start my own Ebay/Etsy store?

This is always a tough one because I think everyone has a different path to starting their own store. My best advice is to make sure it’s something you’re going to love doing. Because there are days when it is much more work that you’ll ever imagine it will be. Most Ebay/Etsy stores are one-woman-shows. The person running it is responsible for finding stock, photographing it, writing up descriptions and measurements, packaging and shipping, customs paper work and endless trips to the post office (the PO will not pick up international packages). It’s sort of an endless cycle but if you truly love doing it, it’s worth it.

34 comments:

sarah said...

You're such an inspiration! And you're in the Lancaster area, no? I'm a somewhat-close neighbor over in Chester County - maybe I'll run into you on one of my vintage finding jaunts!


xx
sarah
heandshevintage.blogspot.com

Vintage Angel said...

You where one of the first Vintage blogs I found and I agree about the Etsy thing, Luckily for me, I have a partner in my boyfriend.

Anyway, just wanted to say you always give me great ideas for outfit combinations!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

love the photo, fun perspective!

jess s//

Mimi said...

very interesting.can't believe you take the pics mostly by yourself.

Mars said...

Ah, you've answered my prayers! I just posted about how I'm totally clueless about Photoshop, and now that you've mentioned layers I'm definitely going to google that - thanks! <3

I'm also surprised at which camera you use - I thought for sure you had a crazy fancy one ;)

You should do more blog/etsy tips in the future; they're so helpful!

jayne said...

thanks for the responses, I was curious what type of camera you used

Alix P. Shedd said...

Great post for a new fashion blogger like me. Thx!

retroliving said...

Thank you for the tips it all helps I am about to start my etsy store and I love hearing stuff like this.

♥Darla

Meaghan Kelly said...

this was such a great post to read! I am pretty sure I've said this before, but it deserves repeating... hats off to you and your incredible creativity! You come up with so many original and fun things to post about on your blog and it's a refreshing change from the repetition that I'm sure I perpetuate as much as so many others!

These were all interesting and helpful! Thanks for always being such an inspiration!

kirstyb said...

Loving the blog. I gave you a blog award on my blog xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

you act like you are a celebrity.

eloise said...

*makes angry face at above comment*
haha
anyway, i just wanted to say thanks for this post!
i've always wondered what type of camera you use

Amanda said...

I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I love it. I am totally inspired. I do have one more question though - for the frames, do you create those in Photoshop or do you scan them in?

Sally Jane said...

Amanda: Thanks so much for reading my blog! I've sourced the frames I use from several places; some I've scanned, others I've found online in or in books.

Virginia Who said...

I wish i read this a couple of weeks ago! I was going nuts trying to work out how to get my images larger. Luckily my man Zackari is a bit of a whiz and worked it out for me. I love checking out your blog and it really did inspire me to start my own. Thanks again!
ps you are a celebrity to me!

Taís Oliveira said...

shoot, I wrote a really long comment and now it´s gone!
it was just to ask if when you wrote "manual setting" you meant automatic, and that I love that I found your blog last year and can read it every day...
the other things I wrote was about cameras, nothing really important, I guess.

Taís Oliveira said...

(just found the older comment, you can delete one if you want)

I'm sorry, when you say "manual setting" you mena automatic setting, right?
it's incredible the things you can do when you use the manual settings of a camera. but sometimes I get lazy and put it on automatic.
I planning on buying a tripod, maybe I'll get the courage and start taking pictures by myself on the street too... but I guess my city doesnt have nice settings, at least not in my neighborhood.
wow, I wrote too much. it´s just to say you really have a nice blog, I'm glad that I found it.

Quixsa said...

well, I love your blog so there! Take that negative commenter!

heather said...

hey! dont fret about the one negative comment! I love your blog! your ideas are great and intuitive and you really are true to yourself!

its great to see styling ladies! and thanks for all the great posts! they keep me going through the tough days at work!

xx
Feather

myrrh goldframe said...

your blog is my most fave blog ever i must admit..!you bring the freshness in your every posts!
and wow..i 've just known that your Bf is a graphic designer ..and i did the same way too two years ago, since my Bf also a graphic designer. I asked him a much tutorial about editting by using Photoshop.

love you sally jane.

Anonymous said...

I sell vintage on Etsy and eBay too, but lately I've felt really terrible taking all the good stuff from the thrift stores - I'm starting to think I should leave the gems there for other people to find. I guess I sort of feel like I'm depriving people of finding the treasure for themselves - thrift stores are supposed to be mutually beneficial to the customer and charity alike...I would love to know your take on this.

Sally Jane said...

Anonoymous: Here's my take... most thrift stores are set up as fundraisers for charities. By shopping at these stores I'm supporting the charities so that they may help the communities in which they are located.

alli said...

true dat, sally jane. i feel the same way when I shop at thrift stores. Plus, people who shop thrift never want the good vintage stuff. they want designer labels, or just a decent pair of shorts.

♡Karafina♡ said...

thanks for this post! it answered my questions, and you're so inspiring!

Rachel C. said...

ha! ironically enough, i just posted about anonymous commenting. so silly. :)

Tip said...

How inspiring your answers are and I was particularly motivated by the one about taking photos and how its not the camera but the person behind it. I have been a daily reader of your blog for a couple of months now and after recently starting my blog I was sort of discouraged since I don't have fancy smancy camera, but as of late my photos have been getting better since my photographer (little brother) is starting to get into it, and your comment just really boosted my mojo! Please stop by sometime when you get a chance.

Athena said...

FYI about tracking International shipping: There is always a # written by the barcode on all International Customs forms. Make sure you write it down because you can actually track the package on the USPS website. Just enter the # which usually begins or ends with a letter (include that too) in the 'track and confirm' section on the website. It will give you the delivery info & let you know when the package made it to customs. Hope this helps! :)

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InBug'sDrawers said...

Thanks so much for information. I really appreciate it - your blog is adorable!

Alexandra said...

Your blog is really lovely! I've been an avid thrifter for years and I agree with you. I mean, I admit I get annoyed when I see a guy trolling the ladies section with armloads of goodies to sell at his vintage store but ultimately all our purchases go for a good cause. And truthfully real vintage beauty pieces from the 50s/60s etc are so hard to find these days. Most of the clothes we're buying are more "diamonds in the rough". I think it takes someone with a good eye to pluck a simple black skirt or floral sundress or pair of denim shorts off the thrifty racks and show people how to style 'em up and make them look fresh and new again!

lazymanxcat said...

i love the way this picture is taken.
and everything on your blog is amazing too.

loves from the manxcat

In Bug's Drawers said...

I have a question -

When you feature pics from other websites (like clothing websites for example) do you have to get permission to post them or is it ok as long as you credit them on your post?

Thanks :)

Jennifer said...

In Bug's Drawers: In my experience, as long as I give credit to whoever took or posted the photos, I've had no problems. That seems to be the unspoken rule of blogs. Thanks!

In Bug's Drawers said...

Jennifer - thanks so much. I have been struggling with that question for awhile. :)