I take photos of my jewelry with a homemade light box. Since I cater to a more upscale, art-appreciating customer, I work really hard to make my photos look professional and clean.
Previously, I used a soft white paper with a subtle texture as my backdrop. I like the clean feel of a white backdrop, but it was really hard to edit. With so many obvious shadows, I had a hard time lightening the photo enough without making the whole thing look over-exposed. So now I'm experimenting with more forgiving backgrounds. Here's the first experiment. The paper is the same type as the white, with the same subtle texture, but in taupe instead of white.
Keep in mind that the necklace is mostly the same, but I did switch out the orange beads in the necklace. Still, hopefully these two photos will give you a good head-to-head comparison.
Which background do you like better, and why? Thanks in advance for your opinions!