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The constant quest for the perfect photo

When you’re a solopreuner (business of one!), you wear many hats.  In fact, you wear every hat, including that of product photographer.

I’ve taught myself a great deal about product photography, but know I have SO much more to learn.  And I’m constantly working on photos and styling, always in search of the magic mix of light, texture and color.

Above, you can see the results of an afternoon and evening of kettle dyeing.  I dyed 36 skeins of yarn that day – quite a feat for me!

Now that I’m working fulltime outside of the home again, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get great photos in the evenings.  Without natural light.  Which I’ve relied on 100% for the last year plus.

So I experimented today.

I’ve been wondering if a lightbox is the answer for me, so rigged up a similar set up with an all white background/base.  Luckily, I have photography lighting already, so pulled out light out from storage and with additional help from my handy OTT daylight desk lap, started snapping photos.

And hated the white background.

I’ll be honest … I thought I would.  With the natural daylight bulbs, the white was cool rather than warm and inviting.  I didn’t even keep the photos, other than the above.

Then I tripped over my huge roll of Kraft paper and the lightbulb went off (along with the toe pain).  I taped up a sheet of the paper and started shooting.

Warmer and more organic!

I’m still not quite there, but am much happier.  Best of all, I finally have a solution to my lack of natural light, which means I can get that huge pile o’ yarn photographed and listed.  Yay!

p.s., that decrepit pale blush dresser in the photos above?  That was my dresser growing up!  Now I can’t part with it.  I am preparing to refinish it, though!!

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  • Vicki Potter November 20, 2011, 7:38 AM

    Your photos always look lovely to me. Your Kraft paper idea was a very good one!

    Photography continues to be a struggle for me. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing — even after 5 years of doing it! I do believe my photos have improved, but I don’t know what to attribute that to. Isn’t that pathetic?

  • brenda November 20, 2011, 3:43 PM

    Not pathetic, Vicki! And your photos are SO pretty. 🙂

  • karon November 22, 2011, 12:48 PM

    beautiful, brenda! and i’m drooling over that bureau– perfectly charming!

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