I knew I needed to figure out how to photograph my jewelry well enough to put it up on etsy. But I had been putting it off, and putting it off, and putting it off. Because I had made some previous attempts - and let's just say they weren't pretty. At all. So bad, in fact, that I no longer have photographic proof of them. And then I tried a few that were slightly more successful - but a couple of artist/designer friends were emphatically negative on the brick I was using as a support:
One tactfully said "it just catches the eye in a not-so-good way." The other said "it kind of looks like congealed snot." Huh. Not really what I was going for. So back to the drawing board. The next suggestion I got was wood. Since I was in singleminded pursuit of decent photographs (not even fabulous, just decent), I gathered up every movable wooden object I could find. Cigar boxes. Jewelry boxes. Wooden bowls. Finally, success! Turns out my new backdrop is actually my old jewelry box. The one that I haven't used in years, but really like because it's cool looking. And in this case, cool looking was all I needed. So. . . here are some of the pics.
Fairly successful, right? (And if you're thinking no, please contact me privately and quickly, so I can spend another 3 days re-doing these.) And yes, it really did take 3 days to figure all of this out. Clearly I'm severely lacking in photographic talent and initiative. But, now I kind of have a system figured out, so I'm feeling dedicated to the online idea. Because it looks like this whole e-commerce fad may be here to stay. So, in case you didn't notice the big new etsy app on the side of this blog - it's official, I'm back on etsy! And that's what three days and a camera will get you.