by Staci Smith
This is how I feel when it comes to photographing and listing my work.
Then the reality starts to set in........................
Then there is the photography
And then there is the editing
and then there is the listing of it (this is about how creative I feel when it comes time to list)
Anyhow, I think we can all relate. Us creative folk want to make things. We don't want to do all this boring stuff.
Now, I am no pro photographer by a long shot. I don't know how to use my camera settings. I read things and they go right out of my brain again.
So, I have found for me, that natural light is the best. I have yet to find a bulb that gives the right light with my light box. At least, not one that doesn't require a ton of editing.
So, I try to keep it simple. Here are my tips:
1. Photograph in natural, INDIRECT LIGHT. I find that a sunny day with slight cloud cover is ideal. I also have a spot outside that gets indirect light two times a day, so I try to take pictures then. Also, never use a flash, ever.
2. For more professional pictures, use a light box outside on a super sunny day.
3. If it is cold, find a spot inside that gets indirect light.
4. This one is a HUGE one for me. Frame your picture for the least amount of editing- meaning less cropping. Get that camera right up in there!!!!!
5. I prefer to use a grey background. This automatically adjusts the white balance. No funny tones. Here is my FAVORITE background to use. I use the matte black, which actually looks dark grey. here is the link to it, it comes with white as well. This background alone took the quality of my photo's up a notch!!!
Here is what it looks like when I use it. These are natural light (in a window), minimal to no editing, using my samsung phone.
And that is it. Just a few of my tricks for quick easy pictures.
I hope that helps a bit! I know I am not alone with hating this part of the job!!!!