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Mel B.
« on: January 23, 2006 11:36:01 AM »

Hi all,

For those of us wondering about quality photography for jurying at craft fairs, can you experienced vendors and artists display some examples of your photos? Professional and amateur? Maybe some photos where you were accepted to a craft fair, or examples that you had to improve on?

Thank you for your wisdom and experience!
I Eat Art
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006 06:55:38 AM »

I have two lines of work so I have two sets of photos...

For more arty shows I use these:

and for more casual, crafty shows I use these:

I spent a lot more time working on the first set than the second, because the first set is from my serious portfolio. I took all the pictures using a digital camera and two clamp lights I got at walmart with GE Reveal bulbs in them.

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Mel B.
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006 07:28:43 AM »

Wow, these look VERY professional! I can't believe you set up lighting and background yourself, but I guess if you can get the materials at Wal-Mart, maybe this quality of photography is more accesible than one might think.

I really enjoy the colour contrast with dark/light pieces with a contrasting background, especially with the two copper-coloured rings. Brava!
I Eat Art
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2006 08:32:26 AM »

check out this article at ganoskin (which is BTW and awsome resource for info): http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/light.htm

there's one on equipment here: http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/nenam/photequ.htm

for the backdrop I use a sheet of color-aid paper. It's kinda pricey (about $5 for an 18x14 inch sheet) but its supersmooth and looks great even up close. I've found that fabric and construction paper tend to look too textured up close.

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2006 04:53:49 AM »

Thanks for those tips, I have some jewelry I need to photograph and have been pondering the best way to do it.

Wondering, would bristol board give a smooth background?  I know sometimes the colours look a bit mottled (especially the cheapie ones sold at dollar stores) but the plain white might work.

I look forward to seeing other people's examples - I have never really known what was meant by a "juried" craft show - somehow I thought it meant your work was judged at the show itself and you got a ribbon at the end of it or something!!  But I'm gathering that it has more to do with getting accepted to be a part of it.  *sigh* It's a long way away from the church ladies' bazaars that my mom and I used to go to sell our crafts at!!

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