Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Pendant

I haven't listed this yet in Etsy as I have just a touch more to do with taking better photographs. As a matter of fact, my hubby has been working on a light box for me and I'm trying to figure out the best background for my pictures. Once I'm done with that I'll be posting more to Etsy as well as redoing the existing photos.

The light box is very simple. It is a cardboard box about 18" square. He cut out a square on each side leaving about 1.5" border. The bottom is solid and the top has a square hole about 6" square cut for the camera to look through. This allows me to take pictures from the top looking down on the jewelry. Then I took white tissue paper and covered the cutouts on 2 opposite sides leaving the other 2 opposite sides open. If I want to take a picture straight on I can set up the camera outside the box by one of the open sides. I can use this outside as well as indoors. When using it outside I place one of the covered sides facing the sun. Inside I have 2 lamps with 60 watt bulbs that I place about 4" from the paper. Both ways work well. I also have lined the top with aluminum foil and will probably do the other parts as well to reflect more light. I have taken some pictures to show you what I'm talking about.

The last two pictures are using the light box. The one with the PCM pendant is at night with the 2 lights outside the tissue paper and the bracelet is outside with the sun shining in through the tissue paper. Believe it or not the backgrounds in the two pictures are the same. See what a difference light makes?

I have put together all the advice I've read from the eSMArts Team as well as other groups about photographing jewelry, my hubby made me a light box. Now its just up to taking new pictures. Keep checking my Etsy store for new pictures.


Joan Piwowar said...

Michele, thanks for listing my blog too. And the homemade light box for photos, great idea! I am still fooling around with getting better pictures, I may have to bite the bullet and make or buy a cheap light box.

Alice Walkowski said...

Hi Michele, just came across your blog from the metal clay group site. Your photo set up looks like mine. I have a cardboard box too and a photo kit from Wal-mart. I seem to be able to take pictures of rings best, don't know why. The lamps you use, are they just regular 60 watt incandesent bulbs? The ones that came with the kit are such tiny little things and they don't seem to work well. Never thought to try the box out in the sunlight. Good idea. Straight sunlight is so stark. Good talkin to ya. Alice