I’ve come up with a couple of blogs about taking images, that hopefully may inspire and help small businesses with their photography.
The day I decided to take the images for this first blog was a rather cloudy but with sunny spells. So I decided to go on location – well, the business that the jewellery is from is a local business, and I wanted to get some ideas from the Saddleworth surroundings. Think about finding somewhere that reflects your business and location.
All I needed was:
1 sheet of white card
A small number of items to photograph ( In this case jewellery made by SJM Designs)
I headed off to Dovestone reservoir where there are a variety of places to use for the photographs.
I tried to find places where there were textures to compliment the jewellery – in this case the jewellery has lace imprints so it was best to keep the background simple and smooth – but not too bright otherwise the jewellery would disappear into it. I found some beautiful ochre coloured rocks just by the side of the path as I walked. The bracelets looked great on them. I made sure that the jewellery was a large as possible in the frame – cropping images will reduce the quality of them and this will reflect online when reduced even futher. Sites such as facebook reduce your image to fit it’s requirements – often to the photograph’s detriment…..
Using the white card, I was able to reflect light onto the jewellery and lighten any dark shadows that came over the jewellery as I photographed it….
Once I had all the images I needed I headed back to the office and sorted through the results. Make sure any images going online are sharpen well to show off the best results – they will need sharpening more than if you were printing them. The end result of my session on location was an hour and a half in beautiful surroundings, out of the office/studio, a refreshing walk and some very different from the norm. images. Wether they could be used as product selling shots is up to you, but they make for a great display of your work and even possibly a magazine might even publish them!
Next blog is about photography indoors and how to get the best results. Please sign up to my newsletter or follow me on facebook to receive updates and further tips.