Oh my have these given me a headeache!! Taking decent photos is such a must to showcase your work, I know this, but how on earth are you meant to achieve this??
My original attempts involved laying each piece in an IKEA wooden bowl, such an inexpensive item, but I loved the effect. Here is one of my first pictures ~
I still like it to be honest as it feels more natural, more in keeping with the recycling theme. That said however, the image doesn't show the bracelet to it's full potential, the flowers are lying flat on the surface where as they wouldn't do this on your wrist. I was also advised to photograph my pieces on white.
My next attempt was to use a white surface. I wandered around the house with my white scrapbook page, bracelet and camera in search of some decent light. The best room for light in undoubtedly the conservatory , although with the snow fall the roof was so dark that it didn't work too well. Here is my next attempt (actually there were several before this one but silly me deleted them, so I can't show you how awful they were!)
This just looks so bland and too dark.
So my next attempt involved lots of research, I found some fab blogs, these were great help not just by the articles but also demonstrating well taken images of their products.
I decided I needed to get a white vase, this would help give a little dimension, I also felt I needed a much larger piece of paper so that it will cover the surface area better and provide a vertical back drop aswell in one continuous piece.
I set up a small area in the conservatory, fixing a large length of paper to the windows so it draped down onto the table and covered the workspace. I then put my new little vase in the centre and experimented with positioning. Here is the results!
I like this, but the light was still a little dark. I don't own any exciting photoediting software so wasn't sure what to do, I could alter the brightness and contrast but that was about the most I could do.
I was browsing and saw a post by All She Crafts, she had recently discovered an online photo editing software called Pic Monkey. What a program, I just inserted my pic, played around with some of the settings and produced this!!!
It is cropped as well as the colours brightened and saturation changed.
Here are the two images side by side so you can see the difference!
What do you think?? I am really pleased with the results. Next task is to find a vase big enough to showcase my earrings better!