Before you start reading I have to warn you that this may be a bit like seeing the little man behind the curtain who plays the wizard . The end shot is definitely more glamorous than the process. If you are okay with that then please read on...
There are a few key components to my photo shoots. The first is a nice sunny day. If I shot outdoors I would probably prefer a slightly overcast day but because my location of choice is my work table next to a window I need lots of natural light.
Next I need a good neutral background. I have experienced with a few different backgrounds but I am currently using scrapbook paper. I have a wide variety of shapes and colors but I usually stick with my favorite gray color. It is gray with a little bit of noise to it.
I actually found my favorite gray paper by accident. I was browsing Polyvore collections and someone was using it as a background. I found the scrapbook paper site and ordered a few of their papers. It was exactly what I had been looking for at the local Michaels and Scrapbook stores but couldn't find.
Now my one and only prop. I don't always use it but it really helps to stand the jewelry up sometimes to add a little interest to the photo. It may not be the prettiest rock but it blends into the paper fabulously and has an organic feel that I like. My five year old actually gave it to me one day after we had a discussion about how I needed one for my shoots. She beams with pride whenever she sees me using it.
I also like that I get a very natural color straight out of the camera. It is like using a gray card without using a gray card. The shot below has zero adjustment in Photoshop and is the exact colors of both the rock and the paper.
I use the white paper on the side to reflect the light from the window back into the shadows. At least that is what it does in theory. I don't know if it makes or breaks the picture but it makes me feel better.
The last step is to set my camera to macro and start shooting. The pictures are a work in progress and always have been. Every few months I try something new and come up with a better picture. I personally think my next move is to have my husband buy me the macro lens I am drooling over for my birthday. My current lens has a macro feature but is not a dedicated macro lens. I need it!
And yes that is a new "still in packaging" bead bin just waiting to be filled. Not to worry...I have the beads to fill it just not the time.