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“Picture Problems”

Description from GemstoneChick aka Lauren: If anyone has ever seen my designs in the design gallery, you know I don't take great photos. But for my etsy store, photos really matter. Like a lot. Do any of you have any tips on I-pad photography? Thank you!


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  1. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    I have an iPad 2 & know what you mean– the resolution is lame & it doesn’t focus well for close-ups. If you have an iPhone or similar use that for pictures instead.
    Getting good light and managing the cast shadows are the other challenges I have. May help to photograph outdoors on a thinly overcast day. The diffuse light can lessen contrast that can distract/detract from a detailed informational picture. Other times bright light & contrast can work, and shadows can be managed by changing the background color or distance of background from the subject (if can hang or suspend it).
    The shadow my iPad casts can be problematic, too. That and the difficulty focusing for close ups usually force me to take the picture from farther back and then crop the picture a lot.
    I’m no expert, but hope the suggestions help.
    Beautiful pick, too, by the way!
    And how can I locate your esty store?
    I’ve recently crawled out of a psychological cave and am curious about stuff again. Would love to explore what you’ve been making!

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I love this black, grey and silver pick! It must be a dismal day. I can’t help much with your photo problems. Are you taking your photos in bright light? Also with the light source behind your object.

  3. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    Great pick. I use a camera and photograph only when the sun is shinning,

  4. GemstoneChick aka Lauren
    GemstoneChick aka Lauren says:

    WOW. Thank you so much. Very very very very helpful. EPBCornell, my etsy store isn’t open yet. It won’t be anytime soon, but I have been making pieces for it. My parents are allowing me to have one, but I have to wait till school is over. Thank you again. I will DEFINITELY use these.

  5. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Beautiful black and white pick! I have a hard time getting good picks too. I use both my phone and my camera, the camera takes much better pictures but I don’t always have it with me. I think lighting is the most important thing. Outside on a overcast is the best but you can’t always wait. I guess if you are handy you can build a light box. Experiment with different back grounds different things work with different pieces. Wishing you much success!

  6. CzechChickJewelry
    CzechChickJewelry says:

    I use my camera outside-I’ve done it on cloudy days or in the afternoon on a sunny day. Then I “doctor” my pictures on the computer.
    Love your beautiful pick of gemstones and glass-very classic!

  7. No Photo
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Lauren, I do not have much advice to contribute, partly because I only have my phone and a small automatic camera to take photos – besides lighting, the background for your jewelry matters also – years ago I went to an independent professional to have my pieces photographed because I thought that my work was going to be featured in a friend’s book – even though it didn’t work out, he did teach me the basics, such as getting some different kinds of paper in assorted colors and/or designs, use of simple objects such as a woven rice basket, a piece of driftwood, a big shell… a burlap rice bag, some gourds from the grocery store – you get the idea, to help give a backdrop for your work, if they are so-called bigger ones such as necklaces, vs smaller ones like rings or earrings – gorgeous Pick of neutrals, very elegant! – :) – good luck with deciding how to proceed with photographing your jewelry, please let us know how your Etsy site goes, once you have it up and running.

  8. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    I use my camera for photographing my pieces; one does need to wait for a cloudy day or late afternoon for the best results. Back lighting generally causes my camera to pick up the sun, thus washing out the foreground, unless I am very close to the subject matter.

    BTW, this is an elegant pick. Love your choice of beads.

  9. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Definitely need a camera and take photos on a cloudy day or under a protected area. Direct sunlight won’t work. Also use a photo editing program such as befunky.com. Nice pick. Good luck!

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