This picture was taken outside, on an overcast day. I zoomed in, used the macro lens, and took several shots at different angles. The background is a piece of driftwood that I found on the beach while camping last summer. It doesn't distract from the bracelet, and it reflects the natural theme that I am trying to make part of my branding.
I use many different materials for my backgrounds. I use ceramic, slate and stone tiles in brown, putty, and dark grey that I bought from Rona (the Canadian sister of Home Depot.) I love the natural feel and the texture of these tiles. I used three of these tiles for these photo backgrounds.
This picture is taken on an off-white sandstone tile. It looks like a sandy, Mediterranean beach, doesn't it?
This is a ceramic tile in a mottled brown colour.
This is my slate tile. The dark grey colour is a great contrast for many of my pieces.
Another handy and inexpensive background is scrapbooking paper. There are hundreds of colours, patterns, and textures of scrapbooking papers out there. They're relatively cheap, and can be purchased in themed packs or singly. Here are some photos taken on scrapbooking paper.
Lying on a rock.
Leaning on a rock.
Books are also great props to use in your photos, especially old books with interesting text.
I still have a lot to learn about my camera, and about taking great shots. Since I have no instruction manual, (don't ask--) I have to experiment a lot to get just the right angle, light, shadows, highlights, focus, etc. I don't have Adobe Photoshop, but I did download the trial version and experiment with it for 30 days. I will eventually purchase this program, once I start making more sales. In the meantime, I can use Windows Live Photo Gallery to do make simple adjustments like exposure, colour, highlights, shadows, contrast, and cropping.
I hope this post was somewhat helpful, or at least you got a good laugh at my early photography skills. Since a good chuckle is healthy, here are some more of my early disastrous attempts at photography.
Too dark; too many props. Ugh.
Ugly distractions in the background.
Hideous lighting. I took this picture on top of my computer.
|Boring white background that doesn't even look white.|
Harsh lighting. Yuk.