Since I talked about photography the last time and a couple of you made comments about the underlighting, I thought I'd share with you where I bought the underlighting. It was part of the Bead Photography kit from TabletopStudio.com. Prior to that, I had a homemade set up with plastic boxes/ice cream tubs and utility lights. It was ok, but my pictures and lighting are so much better than they were before. I'm less reliant on PhotoShop to adjust the lighting now. I melted the sides of several plastic containers trying to get the light brighter and I don't have to worry about that now.
If you use the underlighting, use it judiciously. I rarely use it with beads as it will give a lovely although unnatural glow to the beads. Underlighting can also darken the subject - making the bead appear darker because everything around it is bright. But this picture of the coral glass bling links looks pretty darn good using it. It was an experiment - so if you use the underlighting, experiment with it.
By the way, I bought a new camera - loved my Nikon Coolpix but wanted a camera that responded a bit quicker. Since The Teen loves Canons, I bought an SX110. The Teen takes most of the bead pictures now but sometimes his schedule is so busy, I have to wait and wait and wait to get some pictures shot - so, this is to fill in.
(Photo Credit from DPReview.com.)