During my week of blahhh, I decided I wanted to improve my product photos so that they have a pure white background, I've been currently using a large artist canvas outside in daylight with some photo editing with Picasa 3 to brighten the images. With the majority of my products this has been working really well and for some images the pictures edges still appear a little greyer than I would like.
|Almost perfect - improving product photos - Polymer Clay Necklace|
|Still a little grey around the edges - improving product photos - Polymer Clay Charm Bracelet|
Unfortunately with my latest creations I have struggled to capture the pieces at there best, the whiter I make the background, the more I lose detail on the product, they blur into the white background and so I have developed a real bee in my bonnet about getting the photos right and White!.
|Far too grey for my liking - improving product photos - Polymer Clay Necklace|
|My handmade cardboard light-box - improving product photos|
Despite many attempts and much fiddling my photos where either too yellow or too blue, after my lovely husband worked out how to change the white balance on my camera, I thought I had it set but alas it still did not work. I then decided to go back to trying the canvas with the balance adjusted and trying out taking photos at different times of the day for comparison.
It was at this point, I became very frustrated and found myself hunting down new cameras within the price range of £500, after all a camera at the price has to be good right?
Then late on Saturday night, whilst browsing and catching up with blog posts I discovered one on photography by CraftBlog UK - Craft Photography Tips, its a brilliant post on craft photography and also provides links to more phorotgraphy tips, including Hilary's of CraftBlog UK own posts on the subject. Hilary herself is a keen photographer and her posts on photographing with a mid range compact camera have really opened my eyes that there is so much more to learn than just pointing and clicking, I obviously have a lot to learn.
My current camera purchase has now been put on hold and I am determined to learn how to use my current camera to the best of its capabilities, to fully grasp and understand the different settings so that if I do purchase a new camera in future I will be fully aware of what I need from it, rather than presuming that the higher the price the better the camera.
|Learning how to use my camera to the best of its capabilities - improving product photos|
- Craft Photography Tips by CraftBlogUK
- How to make & use a lightbox to improve your product photography - Handmadeolgy
- How to create an inexpensive photography lightbox - WikiHow
- Build a photo lightbox - Wired