I am growing tired of this light-deprived winter. Night when I commute to work, night when I commute back home, weak-ass sun through the windows during the rest of the day. My energy is officially hibernating. Also, living in a ground-floor flat, taking decent pictures has been complicated (and just like that, I am back on this blog’s point).
I take my jewellery pictures with my smartphone because I can’t afford a good camera. What I can afford, though, is resourcefulness. So I bought one of these :
And two of these :
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that smartphone tripods, spotlights, and umbrellas can actually be quite cheap (links in pictures)! Consequently they are not the best quality, but perfectly functional and sufficient.
Taking good pictures of my items are now sooooo much easier. I don’t use the tripod for it because it would take too long to replace it for each angle. I’m still lazy, in case you had forgotten. Now this is the first try, unedited, using only the natural light in my flat:
My camera struggles to find enough light, so the tiniest movement of my arms makes the picture blurry. I must take five or six pictures before I’m satisfied. Editing will take longer and the more you edit, the more you see it’s edited.
This is the first try, unedited, one spotlight on:
My camera focused instantly, it’s clear, one take is enough. I won’t have to edit it a lot, just raise up the general light.
I have yet to try with both spotlight switched on, but all this is very promising! I won’t have to wait anymore for a clear day in order to be able to take my pictures. Even more than time saved, it’s the freedom of not being dependent on the weather nor the time that I am delighted with (yes, that pun was intended).
Work in progress
The best part is that for the first time since I’ve started my business, I can take decent pictures of my workshop! This is where the tripod, combined with a handy self-timer function on my phone, comes in. First quick tries:
My hands are now the face of my business (alright, enough with the puns).
Soon, I’ll be able to make better quality tutorial photos and generally show my work process, which is what I find most interesting to discover about other creators!