Inventory Issues and Photography

I hadn’t planned it this way, for sure…but I’m essentially out of inventory. There are almost 40 projects awaiting my attention, but only the Ingersoll Dollar remains unsold, and it will wait patiently for the Ingersoll collector to find it. I’ve realized while that I could let this be a problem and quickly restock, it’s better to stick to the plan and restore as I can and what I find interests and teaches me, which of course is the main reason all of this is happening. Now, back to that cocoa 51…

During my year-end two week break, I upgraded the photography setup, changing from tungsten lighting (after burning out a half dozen bulbs and two fixtures) and precarious light stands to a Canon speedlight in a diffusing soft-tent that sits atop my foamcore lightbox. HUGE difference in overall light on the scene plus (once I climbed the learning curve…) so much work removed from the photography process. You need to get the positioning and focus right, set aperture at something pretty wide like f/11 or f/16, and let the light and shutter work together, simply put. There is still a fair amount of processing in Lightroom, of course, but that happens with no doubts about whether there was enough light. Unless the pen is black or white there is virtually no need for bracketing anymore, and the session goes so much quicker when you don’t need to take a break to let the lights cool down. Well worth the investment.