(aka a short photography lesson)
In an anonymous comment yesterday, some one said they would like to see my photo set up. I think they were surprised to see that I didn't have a big tent or dome set up with dozens of lights and a tripod.
My set up is fairly simple, and very inexpensive. I am set up on the top shelf of a short three shelf book case. I use a basic foam core poster board as my back drop and it is all lit with two lights. The bulbs are 5000K bulbs I bought on eBay, like THESE. The lights themselves are at any home improvement store. They were around $10 each.
Once the lights are on, I get a nice pool of light to set up my beads or jewelry for their glamour shot. Most of the time I can set the pieces up right in the center. But sometimes, I'll set something directly under on light or the other. It makes for less of a shadow.
These are my photos as they come out of the camera. The only editing I did was to the image size. My camera shoots the photos at 180dpi and they come out around 14" x11". I change the dpi to 72 (computer monitor size) and change the image size to what I want it. Necklaces are usually 10 x 7.5, and bracelets are 8 x 6. Don't ask my why, it is just what I do.
Once in Photoshop, I can crop the photo, adjust the white balance (levels), and sharpen the blur. And the photos then look like the one you see above. I won't get into how exactly to edit the image while in photoshop. Every version is different and I really only know my version. Basically, look for "adjust levels" and experiment from there.
Aren't these beads yummy? I am so much happier with the color combination now. And I have already started playing with the design I need these for. It is for one of the two new books I am contributing on. I have 11 tutorials and finished pieces due by Oct 1. I got to get my butt in gear.