Monday, September 7, 2009

Learning to Take Better Pictures



One of the criteria for taking good pictures, I'm struggling to learn, is using the manual settings on your digital camera. That, and choosing the best background and overall lighting. I have been working on taking pictures of one of my new creations for my shop on Etsy, and I'm having more trouble than I thought I would. I would like your help, please. Here are some pictures, the one above taken in a lighter room using my setting for tungsten light -- without a flash.


The second one is in a different room with overhead lighting and a wood table. I still used the setting for tungsten lighting, no flash. Any suggestions? Here's a close-up shot -- again, same settings.

8 comments:

Jessie said...

I wish I had some words of wisdom re: your photography dilemma, but unfortunately I am not the photographer in our family! I just had to comment, though, on this absolutely exquisite item! Just beautiful!

Jessie
(jbguess)

Chauncey said...

Judi, I think the photos are really good. Personally I like the wire dress form too. Very artsy looking to me.

blazingneedles said...

Beautiful item! Have you tried natural light? I am not a great photographer, but found that natural light and no flash worked for me.

Beth said...

I'm thinking the photos look very good......I agree with Barb, I always try natural lighting first.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Judi! First, that's absolutey gorgeous!!! As far as taking pictures, I find if I go into my sunroom where it's bright, and stay next to the window, but out of direct light, it's best for me. I also use no flash and photograph in "macro" setting. I think your photo's are lovely, but the first is my favorite... I also find that during different times of the day, or if it's raining or cloudy out, the natural light can cast a blue tint to everything. If you're going nuts trying to get a good picture, wait a couple of hours until the light changes, and then try again. Hope this helps! Again...That's gorgeous!!! Hugs, Paulette :o)

ZudaGay said...

What a beautiful neck piece, Judi!!! I love your first photo...it is great when I enlarged it. I think I would use a close up of the piece for your first photo and then the others. I always click on things I want to see to get the bigger picture. :)

On a Whimsey said...

Beautiful item! Photos are the bain of my life too. I love the first one with maybe one close up. Good luck!

Gwennie said...

Pictures can be very tricky. My mom always has trouble finding just the right lighting and background for her Etsy pictures. I agree with the other comments that the macro setting is better, especially for closeups, and that natural light -but not direct sunlight- is usually best.

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