Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PerpectivePhoto - Amanda Bardwell

    PerspectivePhoto is a shop on Etsy owned by Amanda Bardwell, where she sells her amazing photography. Amanda has been interested in photography her whole life, but has become more serious as a photographer in the past 3 years. It was then that she purchased a Canon Rebel T1i camera and joined a photography club in her highschool, and her passion for the art form really began to grow. She started her shop on Etsy in July of 2010.

     Some of her most proud moments of accomplishment have been making sales on Etsy, she says that she "loves the sense of accomplishment she feels whenever she gets a sale on Etsy." She was also very proud when three of her photographs were featured in a Digital Art Exhibition at her college.

     Amanda has been working to expand her Etsy shop, adding new lines of items as she is able. She has started creating and offering some photo cards listed in her shop. She has also recently created a line of photo pendants, which she is hoping to expand to include photo rings, earrings and other jewelry in time. She says "I would love if one day I could turn my shop into my only job."

     Amanda finds her inspsiration many times from taking walks, both through the country side or the city. She also enjoys flipping through books and magazines to find inspiration and ideas. She says "one thing about my shop that I love is the variety of subject matter, I have food, nature, landscape, black and white and architectural photography. I also have bold colors and lots of saturation and I think this shows in my artwork."

     These are a few of Amanda's favorites currently listed in her shop:

To see more of Amanda's work or connect with her please visit:

The photos shown are owned by Amanda Bardwell dba PerspectivePhoto and were published with her consent. They are not to be copied or duplicated in any form without permission from the owner.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Treasury Giveaways

Coming Soon!!!

Hosted by our sister team on Etsy - Top Treasury Team (TT Team)

Want a chance to win an entire treasury of items from some amazing Etsy shops? Keep reading to find out how you can!!

The first treasury giveaway will begin on March 1st and run through March 17th! Visit the treasury, which will be posted here, and leave a comment on the treasury to be entered into the drawing. The drawing will be held on March 17th, and the winner will be announced here, on the TT Team, on the treasury itself and the winner will be contacted.

Each item in the treasury will be shipped individually and shipping times will vary depending on origin and shipping method.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The History and Development of the Camera Part 2 - by Raymond and Andrea Parmalee

From their beginning, cameras have had many uses. The ability to record an image has endless uses, especially in today’s world of technology. Consider a world without photographs. Think about how boring our websites and blogs would be without pictures. Think of how time consuming it would be to hand draw each item in your Etsy store! Or simply to have no picture at all to give your potential client a visual of what you have described to them. A picture is worth 1,000 words and so much more.

In part one we touched briefly on the development of the camera from its inception to the invention of film and the beginning of mass production and sales in the early 1900s. Not much changed over the next 50+ years. There were many unique camera designs that were created during this time; however the basic components of the camera remained virtually unchanged until the 1960s. Major camera manufactures started patenting and producing cameras that featured new technology such as auto focus. The first mass-produced autofocus camera was the Konica C35 AF, a simple point and shoot model released in 1977 (retrieved from on February 22, 2012). Cameras started to boast features such as auto film advancement and automatic shutter speeds. These new developments made the use, ease and speed of the camera much more noticed and appreciated by professionals and hobbyists alike.

Poppies: Taken with a 1980's professional grade camera

In 1975 Kodak engineer Steven Sasson invented the first digital still camera (retrieved from on February 22, 2012). For the next sixteen years work was done to further develop the technology for digital photography. The Eastman Kodak Company offered professional photographers the first digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera in 1991 for $20,000 (Gustavson, 2009).

Kodak DCS: First Digital Camera

The first digital camera was quite cumbersome consisting of a camera body, fitted with a module, a power winder and a separate digital storage unit (Gustavson, 2009). There was a drive to create more user friendly, cost effective digital cameras to market to the masses. In 1997 the Kodak DC210 was the first truly digital consumer camera to be introduced to the market. As technology was moving forward in leaps and bounds, consumers were enjoying the technology of digital photography while many professional film photographers were reluctant to take that jump into the unknown. In the mean time, the cell phone was also becoming a popular means of communication and Nokia was working on the addition of the digital camera to the cell phone. The Nokia 7650 cell phone/digital camera sold for around $600 when first released to the American public in 2002 (Gustavson, 2009). Now the digital camera was more accessible than ever before.

Nokia 7650: First cell
phone with digital

Lillies: taken with Nokia 7650
Duck: Taken with an entry level DSLR (2008)

Today’s digital camera retails between $100 and $50,000. A memory card that can hold several hundred or even thousand photographs can be purchased for a few dollars. A basic digital camera can capture contest winning photographs. Internationally known professional photographers can purchase camera bodies and lenses that can capture amazing color and detail with a quality that can fetch thousands of dollars per print. As photographers ourselves, we have learned the value in owning different lens. There are hundreds of different lenses on the market today; each has its own purpose. A little less than two hundred years ago capturing a permanent image was not more than a fleeting thought; what will the future of photography hold? Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (took the first permanent photograph) would be speechless if introduced to even the basic camera of today. We are excitedly waiting to see what technology has in store for the future of photography.

Engine: Taken with a Samsung Galaxy S 4G Cell Phone (2011)
Waterfall: Taken with 2012 Canon 7D
with 24-70 mm L series lens
Rose: Taken with 2012 Canon 7D
with macro lens

This was written by Raymond and Angela Parmalee and published on their behalf.

To view more of thier work visit:
Thier profile on Etsy: Raymond and Andrea Parmalee
Thier photography shop on Etsy: P5Photography

References:Gustavson, T. (2009). Camera: A history of photography from Daguerreotype to Digital. New York/London: Sterling Innovation

Retrieved from

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Photograph References:

Nokia 7650 cell phone/digital camera:
Lily Taken with Nokia 7650:
Engine: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Poppies: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Duck: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Rose: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Waterfall: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Kodak DCS:

Treasured Shop of the Week #6

Congratulations to Shannon Johnston from PhreshThreadz!!! Her shop has been chosen as the next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

This is the treasury that Shannon created last week for Rebecca from RaveBracelets that won the drawing for this week's Treasured Shop of the Week:

For game rules please see the Treasured Shop of the Week page (tab found at the top of this page), or visit the threads on the AP Team Forum for more information:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Winner of AP Team Treasury Challenge #7

Congratulations to Katrina Laflin from AnandaBijoux!!! Her treasury Sea Breeze & Blue Skies is the winner of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #7!!

Here is her gorgeous winning treasury:

Be sure to have a look at her treasury, and stop by her shop to look around as well!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's time to start voting for our AP Team Treasury Challenge Winner!!!

Posted below are the links to all the treasury entries from the AP Team for this week's challenge. Please take a look at them all and vote for your favorite here on our blog front page on the left sidebar to help determine the winner of the challenge.

The poll will run from Saturday February 25th at 9:00 am EST through Sunday February 26th at 7:00 pm EST. At that time the winner will be announced!

Thanks so much for everyone's participation! That is what makes us a great team!

1) The Definition of Love by gclasergraphics from gclasergraphics

2) Symphony of Spring by Rebecca Swan from RaveBracelets

3) Sea Breeze & Summer Skies by Katrina Laflin from AnandaBijoux

4) Conservative Balance by heatherhorrorpops from AccursedDelights

5) The Warmth of Neutrals by Amanda from perspectivephoto

6) Dark Hearted Rabbit by Rachel Parris from TheParrisDomestic

7) "Brown Eyed Girl" by Bill from BillsWoodenPleasures

8) Unusual Wedding by Kristina Chierici from krystarka

9) As Time Goes By... by Lisa from JewelrybyJakemi

10) Old Love by Cari A. from CCARIA

11) For the Rustic Soul by Shannon Johnston from PhreshThreadz

12) Dearest Mother, by Christine from 9thCycleStudios

13) Silver and Grey Wedding by Paula Erker from artwinkjewelry

14) Browns Bring Warmth by Mandy from BeadsMe

15) Didn't mom always say that these colors clashed? by Debbie Martens from Nostalgianmore

16) Blossom by Lisa Melcher from TheEclecticInterior

17) Anticipating Spring by Karen from LemachiDesigns

18) Frozen in time... by Assia from assiadesigns

19) Spring is almost here! by Mary Clift from MarysVintageLoved

20) Oh La La by Della from creativecraftsupply

21) Mustard and Fushia by Tori from StrictlyCute

Thursday, February 23, 2012

iPhoneography - by Julie A. Lopez

You’ve heard the saying: The best camera is the one you have with you. In 2012, the camera most people have with them is their mobile phone. Even though I went to photography school and have a Nikon DSLR with all the lenses and accoutrements one has for shooting great photographs, most of my recent photos have been taken with my iPhone 4s.

Fir Island Nature Reserve

I have always believed that any camera can take a great picture, it is in fact the photographer, not the device with which you shoot with, that takes a good photograph.  The image quality that can be achieved from mobile phones now is amazing considering that lens technology did not exist in phones until 2002.

I received my first iPhone as a christmas gift 2 years ago. In the beginning, I thought it was just an easy device to take fun, simple pictures.  After post-processing some of them, I came to realize the iPhone's potential for great photography. Since you carry it everywhere there is something wonderfully spontaneous about it.  That and the ability to capture something instantly, with little hassle or preparation makes the iPhone a great photographic tool!

Cat Tail

The iPhone has become the most commonly used camera among Flickr users. One of the best Flickr groups is (Through the lens of an iPhone). Now, there are photography purists who will say that taking a photo with your phone isn’t the same as using a sophisticated SLR camera (and I was one of them in the not too recent past), but the results speak for themselves. An improvement in the quality of camera phones, coupled with some great apps that really let you get creative, and you’ll be amazed what kinds of photos you can take with your phone.

Gemini Butterfly

1. Invest in good apps.
All you really need is a handful of photo apps that allow you to shoot with ease and replicate the styles and effects you like most.
I have a number of apps on my iPhone, however I consistently use the following apps the most:
Photo Toaster. One of my new favorite photo editing tools. It has virtually everything – crop and sharpening tools, color adjustments, filters, special effects, resizing.

Halon Boy, Vietnam

TiltShiftGen. This app is designed to adjust photos so that their subjects look like miniature models. Its depth of field tool is fun to play with, as are the color and brightness controls.


Hipstamatic. The classic retro photo app that forces you to choose a processing style up front instead of just choosing a filter afterwards.  You choose, and can change, film stock, camera lenses, and use a “flash”.  Resulting images are fun and quirky.


LoMob:  One of my early favorites.  Several filters to use on images already shot.  Subsequent app updates have improved resolution on final saved images making this one a keeper!

Winter Flower

SimplyHDR:  Creates a great painterly effect, enhancing colors and vivid definition.

Saigon at Night

Other popular apps to look into are Camera+, Instagram, Diptic and Pano.  A good resource for new apps is the blog
All other techniques are virtually the same as with a traditional camera;  Lighting, composition, background (a camera phone isn’t able to isolate the subject from the background so be aware of what is cluttering up your image. Change your angle or get closer to your subject) and....

Hanoi Morning

2. Be Creative!


Any artistic expression is a conscious attempt at connecting with your world.  Our daily lives are filled with beauty, ugliness, joy, sorrow, oddity and hilarity.  How you choose to document and reveal those moments is up to you.  I’ve chosen my camera phone and it’s been worth it!

You Make Me Happy

Saigon Children in the Park

This was written by Julie A. Lopez and published on her behalf. To see more of her work please visit:
Julie's Shop on Etsy: ImageNationphoto
Julie's Profile on Etsy: Julie Lopez

All photos shown here are owned by Julie A. Lopez dba ImageNationphoto and were published with her consent. The photos are not to be copied or duplicated in any form without the owner's consent.            

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BeadsMe - Mandy Harvey

BeadsMe is the name of Mandy's Etsy shop in which she sells both her amazing photography and her gorgeous handmade jewelry. She started selling her jewelry on Etsy about 5 years ago, and more recently has been adding more of her photography work to her shop.

While photography has been a passion for Mandy since she was first able to hold a camera, it was just this last year that she decided to take a course on photography at her local college. Her initial intent was to improve her product photos taken of her jewelry for her listings on Etsy, but she was quickly captivated by the challenges photography presented, when she was "told to leave the easy/auto button alone and use all the other settings available; manual, aperture, shutter speeds and whatever else I could get my camera to do" and was soon addicted to her new creative outlet.

Mandy's current photography is focused mostly on landsacpes, waterscapes being one of her favorites. She also has a passion for old buildings and loves to photgraph animals. When asked about her most proud moments or accomplishments in her photography work she said "[my] biggest accomplishment and proud moment has been photographing running water so that it looks like silk and then having a work colleague purchase a copy which now sits in her husbands office at work. I must admit both my husband and myself loved this photograph so much that we actually had it enlarged and framed".

She is also very proud of having verbally walked a friend of hers through how to adjust the settings and focus on her camera to take a photograph of herself with her husband next to a waterfall and have the waterfall give a misty effect. Her friend was able to do just that, and here is the photo of Mandy and her husband that was taken by her friend under her direction.

Mandy's inspiration for her photography comes from the outdoors. She says "Australia is a very inspirational country. You can have 4 seasons in one day or drive a few hours from lush green land to dry deserted fields." During the week, Mandy is an accountant, but she says she has been known to leave home for work earlier than needed, with her camera in her car in order to catch the morning sunrise or a playing foal before heading in to work.

Mandy is currently planning on working on new designs for her Etsy shop to combine her jewelry and photography. These plans are in the developmental stage, but she's hoping to be releasing new designs later on this year. She is also currently taking another photography class which is currently focused on portrait photography, which she is finding very helpful for her son's upcoming wedding, and she's hoping to capture many great memories for years to come. She says to "watch this space" as new designs will be in store soon, and maybe new styles of photography as well.

These are a couple of Mandy's favorite photographs currently listed in her Etsy shop (The first photo shown, Mandy's proud moment photo is also available in her shop):

You can find all of Mandy's photography and jewelry in her Etsy shop here:

Or you can find and connect with Mandy and her work here:

All of the photographs in this post are owned by Mandy Harvey and were published with her permission, they are not to be copied or reproduced in any way without her consent.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Photo Composition - by Tyra Baumler

When I was 16, I had the choice of spending all my money on an old car or on a good camera. I chose the camera. Then I went off to college to study graphic design and realized I managed to choose a school with no photography classes.

I’d get to the technical stuff later, but the composition skills I learned in a 2-dimensional design course my freshman year are probably what have served me the best as a photographer. The teacher was a bit of a close talker and could have used an Altoid from time to time, but these three little bits of brilliance have served me well:

1. Odds versus evens.
2. The Rule of Thirds (goes hand in hand with the first one — you’ll see).
3. Making negatives a positive.

1. My first rule of composition thumb – or shutter finger – is that odd numbers of subjects are generally better than even. It’s become second nature that I tend to look for subjects that I can compose in groupings of three. My “Just Peachy” photo is a great example of this. The focal point is the pyramid of peaches, but there are also three blue baskets of fruit in a row with one peach in the foreground. Triangles are much more dynamic than rectangles.

2. The next suggestion is perhaps most obvious with landscapes. Be careful where the lines in your subject matter are intersecting your overall image. It is better to have a horizontal line positioned one third from the bottom of your image rather than exactly across the middle. Conversely, it is not usually a good idea to have the edge of a building running exactly down the middle of your frame — unless you are purposely doing that for a good reason or effect. In the “Sailboats” photo you can see that the horizon is slightly below center and the baseline of the boats is about one third from the bottom.

3. Lastly, the spaces BETWEEN the objects in your photos are as important as the objects. This is why it is so easy to take a photo of two people with a big awkward gap between them. I find that I pay extra attention to the negative space in floral photos. The colors and shapes are so great, but the room between the petals and foliage can create lots of holes in your image. I took this “Market Lilies” photo in Raleigh and took my time composing the shot to avoid that dark gap you can see just above the yellow lily because I didn't want to see the floor through the flowers.

A lot of these things can be accomplished with good cropping, but I am something of a purist and take pride in presenting the photos that I capture as closely as possible to what I originally saw in my viewfinder. 

I hope that these examples have shed a little light on the art of composition. I did go on to get a degree in graphic design and own my own company now. And I purposely drive an old car because I'd still rather keep getting new camera equipment. Some things never change. Happy composing!
This was written by Tyra Baumler and published on her behalf. To see more of her work visit her here:
The photographs published here are all owned by Tyra Baumler and were published with her consent, they are not to be copies, saved or reproduced in any way without permission.

Treasured Shop of the Week #5

Congratulations to Rebecca Swan from RaveBracelets!!! Her shop has been chosen as the next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

This is the treasury that Rebecca created last week for Lisa from NouveauTique that won the drawing for this week's Treasured Shop of the Week:

For game rules please see the Treasured Shop of the Week page (tab found at the top of this page), or visit the threads on the AP Team Forum for more information:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Winner of AP Treasury Challenge #6

Congratulations to Kristina Chierici from krystarka!! Her treasury A big trip is the winner of the AP Team Treausy Challenge #6!!!

Here is her winning treasury:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It's time to start voting for our AP Team Treasury Challenge Winner!!!

Posted below are the links to all the treasury entries from the AP Team for this week's challenge. Please take a look at them all and vote for your favorite here on our blog front page on the left sidebar to help determine the winner of the challenge.

The poll will run from Saturday February 18th at 9:00 am EST through Sunday February 19th at 7:00 pm EST. At that time the winner will be announced!

Thanks so much for everyone's participation! That is what makes us a great team!

1) Orange and Brown by Cari A. from CCARIA

2) A big trip by Kristina Chierici from krystarka

3) Emerald Isle by Lizabeth Gerber Lewis from LizabethDezigns

4) Easter Morning! by Sarah from SMartPotter

5) Where's that Dog Gone? by Rebecca Swan from RaveBracelets

6) Mystique by heatherhorrorpops from AccursedDelights

7) Step Outside. by Christine from 9thCycleStudios

8) Spring is coming,,,,,I swear! by Lisa from JewelrybyJakemi

9) Purple Passion by Pam from Stitchcrafts

10) A Dash of Cream by Mandy from BeadsMe

11) Tangerine dreams and other things by Debbie Martens from Nostalgianmore

12) Nature's Colors by Shannon Johnston from PhreshThreadz

13) Out to the Ladies Tea - Gift Guide for all Budgets by gclasergraphics from gclasergraphics

14) I Love Turquoise by Sharon from lilaccottagecards

15) It's a Beautiful World by Kelly Kellie from QuietStorytellers

16) Tangerine Turquoise Twist by Katrina Laflin from AnandaBijoux

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The History and Development of the Camera Part 1 - By Raymond and Andrea Parmalee

 Photographers have not always had the luxury of taking a photograph in less than a second, viewing it instantly and deleting the photo if it is not to their liking. A little less than two hundred years ago capturing a permanent image was not more than a fleeting thought. It is truly amazing how far photography has come since that first permanent photograph was recorded in the early 1800s.

For thousands of years people have known that light passing through a small aperture (or opening) will show an inverted image on a surface. The camera obscura, which was not actually a camera, was the device that eventually led to the invention of the camera. The camera obscura was used to project an image so that it could then be drawn by an artist. The very first permanent photograph was taken in France around 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce from his work room window. It was recorded on a polished pewter plate that was coated with a light sensitive substance that was placed in a simple wooden box with a lens. It took approximately eight hours to record the image. Photography was born.

By 1839 Daguerreotypes and Calotypes were the new and improved recording mediums. The Daguerreotypes were the most commonly used and consisted of a copper plate coated with iodized silver and exposed to mercury vapor (Sorenson, Kirsten, n.d.). These copper plates were placed into a wooden camera that featured bellows and a lens. This camera was still a very simple device. The Daguerreotype camera was the first camera that was produced in quantity.

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's Camera

Camera Obscura

By the end of the 1850s the Daguerreotypes were replaced with what are commonly known as wet plates. During the 1880s the collodion process (wet plates), in turn, was largely replaced by gelatin dry plates—glass plates with a photographic emulsion of silver halides suspended in gelatin. The dry gelatin emulsion was not only more convenient but could be made much more sensitive, greatly reducing exposure times (collodion process, n.d.). Although many changes and advancements had been made in the recording medium over the last fifty years, not much had changed on the camera itself. This all changed with the invention of film.

The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman , who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889 (retrieved from His first camera was on the market in 1888 and was named the “Kodak”. In 1900, Eastman took mass-market photography one step further with the Brownie, a simple and very inexpensive box camera that introduced the concept of the snapshot. The Brownie was extremely popular and various models remained on sale until the 1960s (History of the camera, n.d.).

Kodak Brownie Camera

Film is still manufactured that fits some Kodak Brownie cameras. If you enjoy simplicity, these cameras are a joy to photograph with. Photographing with an antique camera gives the photographer a sense of nostalgia that cannot be obtained through the use of a modern day film or digital camera. It takes you back to a simpler time when taking a photograph took a different kind of skill and patience.


These are photographs taken using a Kodak Brownie Camera.

This was written by Raymond and Angela Parmalee and published on their behalf.
To view more of thier work visit:
Thier profile on Etsy: Raymond and Andrea Parmalee
Thier photography shop on Etsy: P5Photography

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Photograph References:
First Photograph:
Camera Obscura:
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s camera:,_c._18...
Dry Plate Scans: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Photograph of Kodak Brownie: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)
Kodak Brownie Photographs: P5 Photography (Raymond and Andrea Parmalee)