Glitter and Twinkle

How do you photograph an item which has glitter on it?  (insert a red-faced, steam coming out of the ears emoticon here and you’ll get a picture of what I look like right now).

I’ve made something that I want to share with you, but, out of all the photographs I’ve taken, I cannot get a good photo because the glitter which I’ve used shows up in the photographs as dots and blobs and looks like the glitter fairy has flown over it several times, instead of twinkling merrily like very fine glitter dust does.

So … any tips for photographing something which twinkles and sparkles like mad when viewed with the eyes, but looks like a crazy mess on a photo?

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Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

12 thoughts on “Glitter and Twinkle”

  1. I struggle with this as well. I guess I would try natural light (no flash) on a cloudy day, it wont; be as sparkly as sunshine, but maybe it will photograph better? Other than that I have no idea. And I want to see what you made!

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    1. Yes tried the dullish day photographs. I think I’m going to have to just post the best picture(s) out of all the rubbish ones. It’s such a shame because when I look at it with the ‘naked eye’, it looks so magical and like I’ve got some sort of talent. On the photographs it looks like a maniacal Fairy, high on the fairy equivalent of catnip, has whizzed past it at a gazillion miles an hour, and dumped her lifes supply of glitter on it. Where-as I only added a tiny amount. {sigh}

      I actually giggled out loud at your last sentence. I saw you, inside my pea-sized brain, leaning forward slightly, bending towards me, looking like a school teacher, talking to a pupil who had hid her piece of artwork under the desk and was reluctant to get it out. LOLOL.
      Aww… still giggling now! Love you Salpal. ~ Cobs x


        1. I never thought of that! What a dope I am. {sigh}. Crumbs … I’d be dangerous if I had a brain!

          I’ve just scheduled the post to go live in about an hours time … so you’ll be able to take a peep – probably when you’ve been to bed … or not, depending on the time zones. ~ sending hugs ~ Cobs. x


              1. I just went and saw that beautiful tag! (tried to comment on it and my browser crashed – grrrr) I can see it gave you a hard time to get photographed properly, but it is just beautiful! I love it!

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                    1. Aww thank dog for that! I honestly thought it wasn’t the glitter but the fool on the other side of the camera who was obviously too stupid to be left in charge of a piece of equipment! Tsk … I was writing it off as {what is known in technical terms as..} a ‘1d 10t’ fault. [sigh]
                      love you Sal. My fabulously fun blogging friend. ~ Cobs. x

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    1. Ooooo… I’ll go and give this a try! I do have a rather out of focus picture which kind of shows the glittery effect but … ah, I might post it and hope it helps. I’ll try your method first though Kim.
      Thank you SO much for the comment. Fingers crossed!
      Sending crafty Sunday hugs ~ Cobs. x

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