Friday, June 5, 2009

Not A Bad Gig

What can I say, business has been booming lately! And I'm not complaining at all about that ... although it has pulled me away from my extra-curricular activities such as blogging and knitting.

I have designed a website for a company that provides products and programs for adoption and other related causes. And I just got done with a re-design of the site, complete with product photography.

For the last week or so I have been on my stomach on the floor and doing all kinds of acrobatics trying to get clear and beautiful shots of jewelry - and it is no simple task! My muscles are sore from angling my body, positioning merchandise, and checking the settings on the camera and the flash. And that is just the photography side of things! The real magic happens when I download the photos and edit them for the web:

It is important to photograph jewelry from different angles. I didn't choose this one because it looked too one dimensional.

Here I played with the placement of the bracelets to try to convey that there are three bracelets in a set. Ultimately, it looks a little confusing to me.

I chose this angle because it has dimension and you can clearly see what the product is.

Finally I added a cream background to blend in with the website.

I feel that I have learned so much through this experience and I even got to play with the diffuser on the flash and positioning of the umbrella. While I am a graphic designer by trade, I find great joy in photography and it's great to get away from the computer once in a while.


Journeying Five said...

your third shot definately makes sense! did you white out the background or make it that way on a photo-editting program?

Kelly said...

I used a large white piece of broadcloth that was attached to a bookshelf and then curved down onto the floor. I then used Photoshop a little bit for color correction and some minor burning to bring out details.

For the website photo, I added the cream background in Photoshop where I blended the shadow carefully.

It's quite a process but I think I have it down pretty well now :)

Anna said...

Man, I wish we lived closer so you could tutor me in photography!

So great, Kelly!