Monday, 14 May 2012

New Photography – Silver on White Background

The question of how to photograph silver on a white background has been troubling me for some time. It seems that a lot of websites, craft fairs etc ask for white background pictures, whereas I’ve always preferred dark.

So, now that I have my fancy new lens, I thought I’d have a go. It has been a rather headache-inducing experience, as if you just plonk the silver on a white background and take the shot, the background always comes out grey.

But, after much faffing about with lighting (and a few tweaks in Lightroom) I’ve managed to get them almost white.  Well, white ish.  Or cream.  Beige?

This was the whitest I could get it, but then it overbrightens the silver and I had to attempt some Photoshop faffery.  Bum.

Not really sure how to get it any closer to white without extensive photoshop faffery involving different layers, so these will have to do for now.

The jewellery is a new collection I've been working on for a while.  It's all baroque and fancy, with lovely little swirly bits everywhere.  I like swirly bits.  

Here's some more earrings:

Some especially swirly ones in large and small - I think these might be my favourites:

And some necklaces:

Everything is designed to co-ordinate with the other pieces, so it's going to be perfect for weddings - in fact I've been designing it for the boy's sister's wedding this summer! 

There's also a couple of larger (and rather fancy) bridal necklaces


I was going to wear them for some pictures so you could see what they looked like on, but I never got round to putting any make up on yesterday and no-one needs to see that really!

Must move away from the computer and back to the workbench now - I have new versions of my shiny skate that need finishing and some shiny weather orders to complete!


Ailsa (Topaz Magpie Jewellery) said...

I love swirly bits too - these are gorgeous! Are they all hand pierced? Fabulous.

Shelley said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE them all!!

Love "the boys sister" ;)

Ailsa said...

Hi Lauren - Just thought I'd add that I've nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger award - my latest blog post is all about it! x