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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2004 05:36:48 AM »

I saw a hematite colored poster board at Micheals a little while ago. It had a pearlecent(sp?) surface. It would be a cheap way to reproduce the results of those pictures. The photographer must have used abient light and then a small focused light directly on the jewelry.

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« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2004 05:57:02 AM »

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The photographer must have used abient light

you meant ambient, i'm guessing-so, no flash, just good, natural light (plus a small "spot light").  did i get that right?
thanks!  great idea with the pearlized backdrop.
i used to use fun textures-grass, etc., but i found that for jewelry, it overpowers the artwork, and for some juried craft shows, unprofessional pics of good work can detract from the overall presentation.
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« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2004 07:19:10 AM »

You can tell by the shadows how the light in those pics is positioned over the top of the pieces, and then they are probably not photographed straight on.  I think most of that effect, with the exception of the color of the backdrop is probably all in the angles.  It looks like the pieces might be positioned on a board so they aren't lying flat, but angled up slightly, with a directional light overhead, perhaps slightly to one side, and then photographed a bit on edge, down even with the piece.  

I'd start with a nice backdrop, get a directional light (might want to try a diffused or filtered bulb, mix it up,) find somewhere with good, but not a lot, of ambient light and start playing around with angles.  A little bit of playing with types of light bulbs and angles of light and photo, and you should come up with something similarly satisfying.
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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2005 06:54:55 AM »

Would any one mind if I offered a few pieces of advice regarding photographing your products (either for sharing your talents on here, or for posting them to your web site)?

I've been searching through the oodles and boodles of images posted here, and I've noticed that some people have trouble getting their images looking good. Why do I care?? Well, as a photographer, it drives me crazy to see blurry photos that are either too dark or too light! But most of all because making a good first impression with the presentation of your products is SO important when trying to sell them.  I know a lot of people just use point and shoot digital cameras to photograph their products; not every one has access to the latest and greatest photography equipment, and quite frankly you don't need to in order to get good images.
Most digital cameras these days have some sort of zoom feature on them. This is helpful when photographing smaller objects, but you have to remember to keep a decent distance between the camera and the product. Just remember, if you zoom in with your camera, you don't have to be as close to the product when you're taking the picture.
If your camera has the option of changing the resolution settings, select a high quality setting. This is especially handy for posting images to your on-line shopping cart or website. Images will look less pixelated and more clear, which is always a good thing Smiley
And, finally, the thing that can make or break the picture - flash. It's a tough call sometimes when to use flash and when not to. It gets especially tricky when dealing with any types of metal or reflective surfaces. A simple, inexpensive solution is to cut a small piece of a white plastic bag or a piece of tissue paper and secure it over your camera's flash. Looks silly, I know, but it will diffuse the light from the flash, making it less harsh and more even.

I hope these tips seem helpful, and I don't come across as a know-it-all! I just want to help you guys be successful in selling and presenting your products to your customers. This is my way of giving back to every one here who posts their wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing all your talent with me, and I hope I have some creations to share with y'all in the near future!!
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« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2005 04:34:56 AM »

Thanks very much for that!  I shall have to give the tissue paper technique a try!  Wink
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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2005 08:45:41 AM »

Excellent tips -- Thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2005 06:51:45 PM »

Thanks sooo much for the info.  I've been struggling with taking pics of my pieces because I want to get the viewer to get a sense of what the beads look like up close.  I'm definately going to try your suggestions
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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2005 02:44:34 PM »

I'm glad y'all are finding this helpful!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #38 on: July 15, 2005 05:18:52 PM »

I am going for the tissue paper too. *laugh* I have a horrid problem with flash and my plastic bottles that my products are in!

Thanks so much!
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« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2005 09:45:54 PM »

great tips...I'm not a pro photographer...novice at best...but I do agree with your tips.  i use tissue on my slr all time-especially if i can't bounce my external flash. 

Just wanted to say though...some digital cameras don't let you do that.  My old nikon 995 for instance...if you tried to cover the flash at ALL it blacked out the photo.  I haven't tried it with my new nikon (yeah, i'm a nikon snob), since you can lower the flash level on it.  With digital cameras, check and see if there is a closeup setting.  I'm not sure if its on the less expensive models or not, but crack out the owners manual and find out!  Its a really nice feature!
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