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Old 05-26-2009, 02:10 PM
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I'm ready to open my etsy store, but allow me to cut right to it... my pictures are crap. I don't have a lot of props to take photos, so I have to use what is available around the house. I've tried taking them inside and outside and I'm not happy with either set. In just a few moments, I'll post some examples... any input is appreciated.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:13 PM
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ooooh, maybe make a lightbox? they are awesome! Maybe that will help
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:31 PM
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*sigh* flickr is having issues, so I'll post the photos later.

Have no idea how to make a light box, guess I will research that, thanks.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:31 PM
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Taking pictures of earings hung on wine glasses is always a great idea it shows them off in a pretty yet simple way

For necklaces/braceletes, putting them laid out in good light on a glass table is usually pretty and simple
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A solid colored sheet is often a good background. Simple is better, in my opinion.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:40 PM
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A nice simple white sheet of paper and a good quality camera usually do the trick!

something i appreciate when im buying jewlery online, is MORE THAN ONE PICTURE. one of the whole peice, one of the charm or w/e, one of the chain, stuff like that i like to feel confident in my purchase and will almost never buy jewlery with only one picture

also, if your etsy store has a name. photoshopping your name into the picture also gives it a pretty and personal touch
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Some great ideas!

Do you have an external flash you can bounce?

Try various different things for backgrounds and props. Something as simple as holding a twig with ear-rings or rings on it would be a unique way of presenting them. If you have a white pillow-case, you could do a pretty clean background. Try different colours of fabric/paper for a back-ground and make sure you're using diffused light to avoid any excess glare. You can do this by bouncing the flash OR try putting some tissue over the built-in flash. Otherwise, over-cast days or using a window that faces north for natural light would probably be best.

I might have more specific ideas once I see some of the photos you've tried.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:00 PM
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Thank you for the suggestions!

Here is one set of pictures:







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not that I am a photographic prodigy or anything LOL....

But when you take pictures outside... don't put the item in direct sunlight. LIke I take my pictures on my covered porch... so there is natural light but the sun isn't beaming right on the item. I have heard people suggest putting up a white sheet so the sunlight is filtered and then you won't get a glare or harsh shadows.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:28 PM
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You know....there could be something to photographing a selection in some harsher light. I'm really loving the colours that come through the bracelet and shine on the background. If I was to have some photographic fun with the items you have, I'd give a little bit more room around the jewelry, add a prop or two and try some direct side-lighting on a couple of them just so see how it shapes up.

I could definitely see the ear-rings hanging off a wine glass. I'd even go so far as to recommend trying some strong side-lighting to see if you can catch some of the colour coming through the ear-rings.

For the bracelet, I think you really need something to support it (like a wrist ) to show-case it better. Keep the white background and give the bracelet more room around the edges of the photograph. I think just laying it down doesn't really convey exactly what it is as it doesn't retain a perfect form when lying there (referring to the second-from last photo).

That last photo could also use some extra room. in the frame. Instead of shooting it as a pano, so a full frame and run it strait with the rule of thirds. I love the colour hitting the background on this one as well.

The first shot is over-exposed and the top-left corner sticks out. Give the background more space, avoid head-on lighting and make sure you don't over-expose it as that washes out the colour of the bracelet. In fact, you might want to under-expose it by 1/3 to 1/2 stop just to help the colour pop.

I think you've got a good start. You just need to have a bit more fun with the shots and play to the light and colour they have to offer. Don't overwhelm the frame with the jewelry...let it command a bit of presence within a space and play around with the rule of thirds and some props that help accent the shape/intended shape when its being worn. In other words, play a bit
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