My photographs often don't turn out the way I anticipate. I know it and I'm sure you know it. Sometimes I have success, see here:
but much of the time I am left scratching my bonce, wondering what I forgot to do or change in my camera's multitude of settings in order to get the photo I want.
I have read my camera manual, guides and purchased tutorials. I understand why my camera does certain things - shows blue/grey backgrounds when I am using a lot of white - and I try to compensate for this.
|I used daylight bulbs here and a white background!|
It's preferable to photograph jewellery on a white background, but when you do that the camera sees all the white and assumes the picture is being over exposed and thus makes the image darker. I use the explosure - ha ha ha I mean exposure but that is too funny not to share with you :) I use the "exposure" plus setting to lighten the photo and that helps but when the photograph is around 50% white, I still have some problems in that the background sometimes turns out a light blue-grey (and I'm using daylight bulbs!). I know you can "fix" photos in photo editing programs, but I find this changes the colour of the jewellery/bead and I want to try and avoid this.
I have noticed that the colours in the jewellery seem to affect the resulting photo and decided to do a little experiment with colour. I used these bumblebee beads which I am hoping soon to put on Etsy (decent photography allowing). There is a lot of yellow in the beads so they are a good choice for this experiment. I took all the photos on the same camera settings, in a light tent, with a homemade diffuser made from kitchen foil as you see below. I only had to adjust the angle of the camera slightly in some photos as the beads wouldn't stay where I wanted them to.
I cropped all photos, as I have done with the one above and that is shown below.
Below are the other photos that I took with the beads set on different coloured card.
|The exposure +1 setting makes the beads on a dark background look far too bright.|
|With a little white on the black background, this photo doesn't look overexposed, but the beads don't stand out as the background is too "busy".|
|On an off white background. The beads look a little dull here.|
|A neutral background makes the beads appear natural.|
|The camera sees blue? I'll show you blue - a light blue background here and I think the beads look washed out and dull.|
|A translucent pink background. I would say this have given the most accurate colour rendition of my yellow beads, although I might think differently when I see this on another screen.|
Please let me know what you think about the colours and the best pics etc. If you have any tips you would like to share please drop me a comment.