Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Ongoing Quest for Amazing Photos

I'm trying. Honest. I really, really, reeeeally want to take fabulous photographs for the etsy shop and my blog, but I'm not a photographer. Well, in the strictest sense of the word I am; I mean, I do take pictures but they don't look at all polished and professional. So, what's a girl to do? There's no budget for hiring someone, or even for a new camera. Hmmmmf. (Picture me sitting with my arms crossed, hunched over, frowning.)

Okay, pity party's over. Make do with what you have, missy. So I read and search and read some more and then try stuff to see if it works. It's been so cloudy and rainy here that using outdoor light hasn't been an option, but since it wasn't actually raining yesterday, I went outside anyway. Here's the result:

The above photo was taken just outside my door, using only natural light and a little bit of editing. I'm pretty happy with it and it was a cheap solution. It only cost some time to gather a few things from the house--a big piece of paper, a metal bucket from my bathroom, a pitcher and a laundry basket.

Below is the setup:

Considerably less glamorous than a fancy studio, but that's pretty much the story of the craft business. I know, it looks flashy from the outside, but it's almost like a real job. Honest.


  1. It looks amazing!! Next time I'm out on the deck taking pictures, I'll have to post how I sent up. It's amazing what we will do for a good picture :)
    Have a very Merry Christmas!!


  2. I'm back :)
    I hope you and your family have a Very Merry & Relaxing Christmas!

  3. I think your pictures look great. I always have a problem getting my items photographed also. It is a pain to get the lighting just right!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  4. You're doing great. I would recommend that you brighten up that image in whatever photo editing program you have. That will help a lot.