Right now, I'm saving up to do a shoot with Holly but my products aren't quite ready for her yet.
In the meantime, I'm constantly embarrassed by my product photography so I took a little time, and read a some blogs about how to DIY them. I came across this Etsy blog by Ollibird that is simple, and just made sense to me. I feel like I can do the composition, and I can sort of use my camera.. but I take a photo and think 'Ohh that looks nice and white'. Upload them to my MacBook and, oh hi!, they're GREY!
The screen shot below is shown to you through a very cringing face. Look how bad my ceramic photos were. I was so excited to get them up, I just took some photos at home and uploaded them. The bike teapot, tree plate, sports mugs, bike plate and tree teapot are the old photos. And the other 'whiter' photographs are some new ones I've retaken and edited after reading the blog about light and 'dodging'.
I then adjusted levels slightly (some of mine were quite 'pink' because of the lights in Yellowstone) and dodged like the blog video taught me. Below is my best attempt-
This method takes some playing and these are only my first attempts, but I already feel happier with having them online. It'll be interesting to see if views or sales will alter. I've been selling lots of bike ceramics to the US lately, which is an amazing feeling, so fingers crossed that this helps even more.
Even though I'm happier with the results, I'll still be investing in professional product photography soon. In the meantime, you can judge my new ceramic photos here. Be kind. I'm learning.
Have you got any product photo tips? Are you embarrassed by yours? I'd be interested to hear!
PS. I'm working on some new ceramic designs this month- so stay tuned for updates on those.