Daily Archives: January 17, 2011

A good day

After taking the beach walk yesterday and picking up a bag o’ props, today was a perfect sunny day to take more jewelry photos and put some of those props to work. With good light and some pieces lined up to photograph for my Etsy shop, I felt I was making some headway with the prop/photo learning curve. I also had a pretty good time, with the side benefit of being around all day to tend  fermenting dough for 2 more loaves of bread.

This might be one of my favorites so far. The circles and lines of the earrings are subtly echoed in the piece of driftwood behind them.

My good day set me up to post more work on Etsy tomorrow. I can also eat some toast while I write up those descriptions.

I promise I’ll stop forever posting bread photos. But I am still amazed that the recipe for Country Bread, from the Tartine Bread cookbook, has helped me produce beautiful loaves of bread every single time. I always wanted to know how to make bread that looked and tasted like this. Their technique is fool proof!

I wonder how bread would look as a prop for a jewelry photo………..


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Photographing my work with props…

…oy.  I have a lot to learn. When I look at other people’s photographs on Etsy, or websites, or blogs, I try to figure out what is happening in the photos that makes me want to take a closer look. Usually there is some kind of prop, or detail, that serves as a backdrop, to showcase the piece of jewelry.

Like anything new, I would like to know how to perfectly add props to my photos on the very first try. (Innate photo talent that I’m sure everyone else already has.) But also, like anything new, there is a learning curve to figure it out. How long it takes to achieve success is not the point. Giving it a fearless attempt, and embracing the wisdom that comes from making mistakes is my goal.

I began with a piece that was a challenge because the combination of chain and glass beads resulted in a necklace that does not drape easily, except around a human neck or on the leather display neckpiece that I am oh so tired of using. I looked around the immediate space where I was taking photographs, to see if there was a prop to try out. I wasn’t very happy with the results, so I stopped, and returned to the challenge today.

First, the leather neck display that serves a purpose, but has become b-o-r-i-n-g.

The bird…a little much? I can’t decide.

The corner of the flower pot , a 180º reverse in direction from the bird. Meh.

One of the most common things around our house is lobsters, (what else?) in many forms.

I intend to use the prop photos with other photos in listing my work on Etsy. (They are not meant to take the place of the kind of  professional photographs I would need to apply to a juried craft show, or use in advertising.)  Etsy allows up to 5 photographs for each listing. The sites that feature 5 photos for each listing are the ones I take more time to look at. I think it’s effective to have  as much visual information about a piece as possible.

I took a long time experimenting with the prop above, and I’m not sure that the results are what I am looking for. To take a break I went for a walk on the beach,  keeping my eye out for more prop possibilities. I came home with a bag full of stuff, and renewed energy for the learning process. I finished my afternoon with a discarded shingle and earrings that match the necklace.

The shingle prop is getting a little closer to the look I want. At least it helps take a little of the creepiness away from my “detached ear” prop! (Doesn’t it?)


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