Sunday, February 15, 2009

Photography Tricks

Photography does not need to be so complicated! Don't be afraid of it, or too frustrated about it. These are practical and SIMPLE tricks I do every time I take pictures of my work.
In this section, all you need is your surface, a good amount of natural sunlight a transparent white plastic shopping bag and your camera! THAT EASY!!
Before I start with each step, set your camera in macro setting. If you don't know what this is, please refer to your manual. This setting is the most important setting right now, especially if you want to get up close. **Remember you won't be just taking a few pictures for one item! I take at least 10 pics to get a few great ones, and I delete the ones I don't want as I go along.**

1. I tool a picture in direct sunlight. You can see how dramatic the lighting is. There is too much contrast preventing the ring details to show up. Notice the amount of black values there are especially in the crevices of the wood? This look may be appealing to some, but I want the ring to be the most important feature.
2. Here is the trick!! A white transparent plastic shopping bag! Make sure the bag is mostly white, otherwise the color may cast a bit of that color onto your item your trying to photograph. I took a picture of how it looks from a distance. You can see the ring barely in the center of the picture.
3. Ahh, look!!! ALL I did is put the plastic bag in front of the sunlight to diffuse the light. This is a mini version of a light box! You may have to play around with the bag to get the look you want. It's all about experimentation. These are only meant to be guides.

If you don't have room to spare for a HUGE light box, this is a great solution to your storage challenge!! The only con to this technique is if you have windows that only face one direction you have a few hours to get your pictures taken. So plan accordingly.


Here is a before and after of the same pictures next to each other. You can see even better the detail of the wood and the overall appearance of the ring ... all because of a plastic bag!!!!

GOOD LUCK! Let me know if you've had any success with this technique!! I'll share the success stories on my blog! You can see more of my photography in my etsy shop!


  1. What a great tip and it is not too wordy. I have a light tent and lights, etc., but I may have to try this plastic bag tip. You may want to check my blog again...I added something cute!

  2. No I don't think you were to wordy...and the information and execution was great. Thanks for the tip about white plastic shopping bags..that will be a few less of them in our landfills...Thanks

  3. Thanks for the tips. I never seem to get good pics of my glass (or at least I don't feel like they're very good.) Will try this.

  4. Great tip on photos, thanks for sharing your wonderful expertise with us!
    :0) Marcie

  5. Thanks for the great tip ~ now all I need is some sunshine, lol.

  6. Thanks for the tips. I made myself a lightbox but I love the idea of using a white plastic bag. Brilliant!

  7. That's brilliant! Thanks so much for the idea!