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Old 2012-11-16, 11:30am
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Recently I've purchased several tutorials and been very pleased with the instruction I've found in each. All covered so much extra technique help than I expected to receive that I wish I didn't have to ask this of some authors. Good photo examples of the details of instruction are critical to a successful lesson in bead making. When taking photos please think of the student and make the shots zoom in as much as possible. If the technique being demonstrated requires that very exacting placement of hair thin stringers be made, for instance, it would help tremendously to be able to see it from a vantage point similar to that of the bead maker demonstrating the technique. I know that making a bead and making a tutorial at the same time requires a bit of juggling, but if you are going to ask people to pay for your expertise then it doesn't seem out of line to expect the tutorial to be done in as professional a manner as possible so that the purchaser can expect, with practice of course, to be able to duplicate the artist's results. The majority of images I've downloaded and printed are mouth watering stunning and do qualify as bead porn. I'm curious to know if I am the only one who has this problem or are others occasionally disappointed or having problems with images in the tutorials they purchase.

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Old 2012-11-16, 5:53pm
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I'm with ya Andrea. I have some fantastic tuts but there are several that the photo's are way too small or blurry or you just can't see what's going on at all. I totally understand that smaller photo's means more can be squeezed in but if they are so small we can't see what's going on then there's no point. Yes we can ask questions of the writers and that's fine but when I purchase a tut, I do expect the photo's to be perfect, not just "ok".
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Old 2012-11-17, 6:12am
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I think a possible solution, if authors are concerned about file size to download, might be to make it a two part download if that is what would make possible better images. Aside from that they could zoom in more or shoot from a different angle. Looking at the images on a monitor doesn't always equal what prints out. Looking over someone's shoulder isn't as good as seeing through their eyes. Since we can't always watch the person live and up close the next best thing is the tutorial and at least we can see how it's done and have the AHH HAH! moment.

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I've purchased several tutorials myself however I have only opened maybe two or three of them and onlly looked quickly. I really should take the time to read them. Anyhow, being a tutorial writer I would like to suggest that if you are unhappy at all with the writing detail, the photos, they layout or anything to do with the tutorial, that you conact the writer and give your suggestions.

I agree, you pay for what you need to know you don't want to have to bother the writer to ask more questions. But if the instructions aren't there then you're an unhappy customer and that's not a good thing.

As a writer I personally would like to know if anyone is unhappy in any way or has suggestions, as I personally would take any critique into consideration and would most likely make changes to that tutorial and then resend an updated copy to the person who is unhappy.

A few of my tutorials I wrote quite a few years ago and am actually in the process of rewriting them, retaking photos and adding videos to them. One only gets better with practice and after having done a few of them, I go back and read my old ones and cringe a bit. I doubt they'll ever be perfect for everyone but then I'm not a professional technical writer. I do try to write while keeping in mind that a lot of my tutorial customers are not english or only know a little english, and so I keep the instructions simple and not too wordy so that they can at least somewhat understand the instructions or at least be able to google translate and still get the gist of what I'm saying.

Bottom line though, if you are unhappy in any way, I suggest that you let it be known to the tutorial writer, in hopes that they can either make changes to their tutorial or learn something important for their next tutorial.

I have not had one single complaint out of the thousands of people who have purchased my tutorials. So therefore as a writer I'm assuming everyone is happy and I've done a good job. Somehow I doubt that is the case, so PLEASE, in my case, if you are unhappy in anyway, let me know! I won't get in a huff. I will learn from it and make the appropriate changes if possible.
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