Let me start by saying I am by no means a photography master. But between shooting for my blog and my job I’ve picked up a few tips here and there. Any photographer will tell you that lighting is key to a good picture. Unwanted shadows can ruin a great shot. When I’m shooting objects (like my un-twistable necklaces) I like to set up shot next to a window with indirect sunlight. Natural light will always give you the best pictures BUT you don’t want direct sun. Direct sunlight will bleach out your photos and eliminate the subtle details that make things interesting. This is my basic set up:
Indirect light isn’t as bright as direct light (yes, you can call me Captain Obvious) so very often half of your subjects will be shadowed. BUT have hope my friends! I can help you eliminate those shadows without spending a dime. All you need is something white, I use the white cardboard lid to a file box, it’s deep enough to stand up on it’s own so 9 times out of 10 I can plop it where I need it and start shooting.
Here is an example:
I took both of these pictures from the same exact place (on a tripod) with the same exact camera settings (Aperture priority, F6.3). Can you see the differences? Look again:
A. The background is darker and more in focus
B. Eliminated the strange light blob
C. Softened the shadow
D. Warmer, more realistic color
That’s a whole lotta bang for absolutely no buck isn’t it? It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting for a website, an etsy store, a garage sale listing on craigslist or even posting pictures of your dinner on facebook good lighting will make your pictures look professional. I highly encourage you to find a white paper or lid and try your hand at reflecting light onto your subject.