It's been a busy week, with no time for blog posts -- sorry, dear readers -- but now I'm back, this time with a piece about how we do the photos for the etsy site. On Thursday, friend Eleanore came over with her camera and we set up to take pics of my newest creations.
A lot of the etsy photography tips talk about doing shots outdoors in the sunlight. Here in east central Illinois in late January, we can hardly remember what sunlight looks like! But these lamps are pretty good, and I put up a white sketch pad to intensify the lighting more.
Beaded Jewelry by Susan site by now. I'm still working on it.
I'm also listing, little by little, the set of large photos of SS/GF earrings (special beads, on sterling silver and goldfilled earwires) that Eleanore took the last time she came for a photo session, for example:
To give some variety of angles and viewpoints for shoppers, we used a few props in the photo shoot. A brandy snifter, for example, as shown in the photo with the faceted gold-coated Swarovski crystal earrings, allows us to display the hang of the earrings and yet the glass lets a lot of light through.
The background paper can be used standing up in its booklet, with the earrings hanging down from the edge of it. It can also lie flat and the earrings can then be placed on it in various positions. We try to display the two earrings fairly close to each other, to avoid having a lot of wasted space to detract from the beads, but still far enough apart to make each earring distinct and easy to imagine on one side of the wearer's head!
Here are a couple of examples of photos taken using the background papers. The faceted blue quartz, crystal, and pearl earrings hang over the top of a sheet of blue-green swirled background paper.
The brown jasper and topaz crystal earrings were placed flat again a white and yellow-brown background paper.
It's also interesting to use the edge of the scrapbooking paper tablet as a part of the photo, as shown in the shot of the faceted rainforest jasper earrings, leaning against the edge.
This last example of necklace photography, using the snifter, is a bit odd, perhaps, but it may catch the etsy shopper's attention.