Tuesday, August 25, 2009

~ Forget About a Lightbox ~

Back in Febrary, I blogged about how I made two light boxes and how wonderful they were. They have been collecting dusts for the past few months. I wake up early to take pictures nowadays. My guest bedroom gets really good sunlight in the morning and I just happen to have a spot there to set up a mini studio. I basically prop up white paper and take pictures. When shooting the cute scenes with my charms, I prop up a cloud print and grass print.


I like the pictures I get. No more blue tint! I have tried both my Canon Powershot and my new Pentax DSLR. I am not using manual mode on the DSLR, so I think both are comparable. Can you guess which of the following pictures is taken with the DSLR?



Can barely tell right? I do think that the DSLR has better color and field of depth in general. And it definitely doesn't give me that blue tint that I usually get with the Canon. But, both of these things you can fix using Picasa or Picnik. So, in conclusion, no, you don't need a DSLR for good pictures. I just use it 'cause I have one :)

So, I got up a little bit late to take pictures on Saturday and my makeshift studio isn't as bright as I would like it to be. I decided to shoot a few pictures on the window sill because it was brighter. I was so surprised that it turned out so well! I have read on the forums and on various tutorials that window sill is a good place to take pictures, but it didn't register in my head till I did it!



The window sill just adds subtle details and interest to the picture that makes it look so much better than plain white paper. It really sets the mood. I also think it just matches these two earrings a lot. The sunlight also make the crystals sparkle so much! That's what it looks like to me and I am glad I can finally capture the sparkliness.

Just look at this crystal AB starfish necklace!


So, I am decently happy with my pictures nowadays. There's still room for improvement, but I am happy with my schedule now: around 9-10am for make shift studio pictures and 11am-1pm for window sill pictures. The window sill is too bright and the sunlight is too direct early in the morning.

I may have to dust of my lightbox in the winter, but for now, I am in love with my window sill. I would love to hear from you about these pictures! Any tips will be greatly appreciated!

23 comments:

Claire said...

OMG, thank you, I will try this. I hope it works for me. My photos aren't top notch, yet. It's hard to figure out a way to display things well. I make jewelry, too. Thanks for your generous advice.
Claire from HeartSpace on Etsy.

Steph said...

hehe Joyce, I feel like you wrote this just for me! ;)
Thanks for the tips, I'm going to see if my cards fit on the window sill...Thanks for sharing!! :)

elephunkstrunk said...

Those are really goregous pictures! Thanks for sharing your technique!

lauraslefthook said...

I usually avoid the light box idea as well. I have a big piece of whiteboard that I prop up on a table by our large window and put up some scrapbooking paper to take my photos. I use exposure compensation on my photos, which helps get the color close to what I need with just a little tweeking with curves in GIMP.

Meadowbrook said...

Great info! Thank you!

Reese said...

Your pictures are lovely. I go between the white background and a taupe background. The white works great with your colorful pieces!

pxyjk said...

Nice pictures. I think the window works really well.

paperwhite said...

Your pictures look awesome!

Megan said...

Great idea! Your pictures look great :)

p.s. I'm lovin your blog banner! too cute!

Joyce said...

Thank you for all the kind comments! I am always happy to share what I learned :)

Lisa said...

Love the pics! They look great.

I have had manaquins for years, but just a couple of days ago I decided to take the one that is actually flesh colored outside, and shoot some necklace photos. What a difference! They look great!

Thanks for the window sill suggestion, I hadn't thought of that one, but will definitely keep it in mind!

Kate8085 said...

Wow!!! These are great photos!
The windowsill ones are breath taking.
What a wonderful idea!
Thanks for sharing your progression with these!

alyssakaycollections.etsy said...

I usually set outside around 1-2pm with indirect light. Will definitely not work for winter months. I will have to see what I can do with this. Thanks

live a colorful life said...

We do fused glass jewelry and, wow, your pictures are fabulous! Photography is one of my biggest bugaboos. So hard to get it right--especially glass. I hadn't thought of the window sill. What a great idea. I just bought something called the Cloud Dome and I will see how that works...

Joyce said...

Cloud Dome sounds nice! Please let me know how that goes!

2 Virgos Designs said...

awesome pics and thanks for the tips!

Jane said...

Thanks for the info. Beautiful items, photos and blog!

DalkullanJewelry said...

Your pics are very lovely! I've photographed indoors by a window, and outside in direct and indirect light. I have a Canon, and the dreaded blue tint is a problem at times.
Thanks for the info, it's certainly a constant battle to improve my photos, I appreciate your advice!

Nina Estrella said...

UGH!! I just made a light box earlier this week too! I will try your suggestions though,,now just gotta finish next project. Thanks for sharing

Kelly Miller said...

Hi! Luv ur blog. Very informative. Very pretty set up. Luv ur jewelry. I've been working on taking better pics for my shop. I'm still a bit shabby with it. It's been really hard for me to get the light right. Thanx 4 the info.

Best wishes with sales
-http://paintergirlworld.blogspot.com

Roberta said...

Very nice except I don't have a windowsill......

Modern building. No sills. :(

Joyce said...

Hmmm pull up a table next to the window :)

Emi of FTLOB said...

Lovely pics and nice tips!

I find the light in my apartment is never good enough to get away with not using a lightbox but the window sill is definitely a good idea if you have a relatively plain sill. Ours is a fake speckled stone pattern so its a bit distracting for some things.

I have been using this funky aged, printed paper that came wrapped around my husband's birthday bottle of whiskey as a backdrop in the lightbox; the text is fairly light but it adds a nice dimension to the backdrop.

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