Wednesday, July 6, 2011

When you see a photo like this in my shop....

(click each photo for a crisper look)... what I'm really seeing is this:

If you were to step back a little bit more, you'd see this:

Yes, a hammer. A hammer on a stack of books. And a little more:

So, you see, all you need for a decent product photo is a window in front of a light-colored flat surface. **hammer and stack of books optional**

;)

P.S. I'd love to see photos like this of your photo-taking space!

24 comments:

  1. How creative! I may steal that idea in the future! :) Hey....saw your stuff on the front page yesterday....congrats! :)

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  2. Thanks for the photography lesson there, Amy! lol

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  3. lol! Definitely NOT a lesson- just showing the low-tech and un-fancy way I do things around here! lol

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  4. Thiiiiis is awesome. What a great blog post idea! I love how crisp my light box makes pics, but man, if I zoomed out, you'd see how very "hand made" the box is.

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  5. Awesome! Most of my photos are taken on top of a gray wooden storage box that I put on the windowsill in my bathroom... yeah... and some of my necklace shots are taken by hanging the necklace from a light switch in the "on" position against the white wall background... But it works! Your photos looks great :)

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  6. Oh, and thanks, laurali!

    Faith- I love that! And it definitely works for your products, because I loooove your photos! So airy and light...

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  7. Great post. I love a good behind-the-scenes! I am still looking for the perfect place to take pictures in my house...

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  8. Saw this in my feed right after your post: http://www.marcjohns.com/blog/2011/07/new-prints.html
    Made me smile.

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  9. I read this post after days of struggling to get my latest picture for my store. I used to have a live model (my daughter) but she has grown up and moved out. I was really getting frustrated, kept trying, and finally got some shots. Your post reminds be that I need only a good spot with natural light, not a perfect house or studio. Thank you.

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  10. I just moved last month so I have a brand new photo set up in our new place. I have a light box, but would love to experiment with using it in the sun this summer. I will definitely take pictures of my new set up sometime in the next month or so.

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  11. I cracked up when I saw the hammer! Kudos to you for your creativity. I take all of my photos (and my mom's shop photos) on a big piece of Bristol board that's been propped up against the bookcase in my office. We simply open the blinds and voilĂ : excellent lighting!

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  12. Wow! How cool to see a "behind the scenes" view!

    -HomespunHandmaiden

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  13. Windows are great for product photography but if you were shooting metal and not fabric you would need a sheer curtain to help diffuse the light. Your photos are fab! It's fun to see what people come up with for photo shoots. xoxo

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  14. cool! that's how my photoshoots look too!

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  15. This made me giggle. I can relate. The other day I was on a stool on top of a stool with my tripod on a chair. Thanks for sharing, taking photos can be trying sometimes. I appreciate the behind the scenes photo shoot.

    ~Creative Cloud Designs

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  16. oh so funny. i love the low tech way best. the photo of you in your previous post is so pretty, you are a beautiful girl.

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  17. Hihihi, what a good idea ! I'll try to put one on my blog some day !

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  18. Love seeing behind the scenes as the saying goes necessity is the mother of invention. I'll remember this tip for the future :)

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  19. This is awesome!! I'm always using different things to take photos as well, this is a neat idea to show the whole process :) Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Hi Amy,

    I loved this post and wrote a similar themed post over at my blog referencing this and linking back to you. Hope it's okay. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Sounds familiar...I usually have a kitten cropped out of the picture!

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  22. i LOVE this post! i've often thought about how funny it would be if people got to zoom back. love the books and hammer.. you do what you gotta do to get the shot :)

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