Photography 101

I am stepping out of my comfort zone here with my first real blog post having to do with photography, not clay necessarily.  Although I am taking pictures of my pots, which I know pretty well, the act of photographing them has landed me in unknown territory.  I know what I want to see.  Making the camera understand that is like, well, trying to talk to an inanimate object.  After many days of shooting at different times of day for the right natural light and re-reading the camera manual and calling my trusted professional photographer friend (who happens to be responsible for almost all of the high quality images on my site), I am beginning to get images I feel good about.  I feel like I just might pass this self imposed photography 101 crash course.  The real test will come when I try to repeat what I did today. 

You can see here some of what I think of as successful images.  Not professional by any means, but not too shabby either.  What sparked this attempt to take on such a beast?  My new etsy shop.  In order to keep my shop current, I have to learn to take my own good images.   You can see my earlier tries by visiting my etsy site, clicking on any of the thumbnails to the right will take you there, and hopefully you’ll see my progress. 

Now, since I am really a potter, this week will be spent cleaning the studio and making new pots.  Unless the light is just right, I may have to wash my hands and click a few clicks.

3 thoughts on “Photography 101

  1. Not too shabby at all! I think I can judge all the pieces well enough to know if I want to buy one. And that’s the point, right?

  2. I think the photos are crisp and look true to colour. I am struggling to get a light box together for which I used the very helpful plans from John Glick’s. Did you use natural light for these pictures and did you have to get yourself a good (expensive) camera and tripod?

    • Hi Joan,
      Thanks for your feedback. I did use natural light and it seems to work best in the north room of my house on an overcast day, in the morning between 8:30 and noon. I also bought one of those backgrounds that go from white to black because I couldn’t get the gradation that I wanted on a solid background. Right now I am borrowing a good camera from a friend…it is a Nikon D50. I tried using my little digital camera, but it didn’t work for me. You don’t have to spend that much on a tripod though, a decent one runs for about $20. I know some people who use light boxes too and they seem to work well. I think it all depends on what you have to work with.
      Good luck!

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