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The Do's & Don'ts of Photographing Your Tattoos

The Do's & Don'ts of Photographing Your Tattoos

SOME BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR TATTOOS:Using the Automatic Function On Your Camera or Phone   DO take the photo outside during daylight.  This gives the tattoo natural, even lighting with the most accurate colors. DON'T take the photo in direct sunlight; the light here is too harsh.  Take the photo in the shade instead.   DO capture all angles of the tattoo for later use in Photoshop. DON'T cut off the edges of the tattoo; make sure the whole piece is in the viewfinder for every shot.   DO use the macro setting on your camera for small tattoos as this...

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Should I be Using Bug Pins?

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Should I be Using Bug Pins?

As you know, art is a subjective beast; there is no right or wrong. Two master tattoo artists could use the same equipment in different ways - both with amazing results. However, here's a few basic tips that will give you hints as to when and why you might choose to use bug pin tattoo needles (or not). First, what ARE bug pins anyway? Tattoo needles have a gauge, or thickness of each individual needle. This typically varies from 08 to 12, but sometimes smaller or larger. A 12 gauge needle is the standard size and is 0.35mm thick. Anything smaller...

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4 Secrets to Make Your Prisma Pencils Last

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4 Secrets to Make Your Prisma Pencils Last

As a coloured pencil enthusiast, you already know the frustrations of having your led break and watching your favourite colours whittle away in your sharpener.  Regardless how careful you are not to drop your precious Prismacolor Pencils, the truth of the matter is, you never know what happened to them since the day they were made by the manufacturer. So, here's how to prolong the life of those amazing Prismas! Secret #1: If you're sharpening a pencil and it keeps breaking over and over again, your colour core has probably been damaged from a drop. Some artists swear by simply nuking the...

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