I often get asked how I am able to capture such beautiful photos of our Origami Owl Products. I don’t have a fancy camera or any training in photography. But I have found that practice makes perfect. The more photos you take the easier it will be to take quality photos. Whether or not you’re an experienced photographer I think you’ll find these suggestions to improving your photos helpful.
- Get creative. Think about what you want to portray in your photo. Are you trying to capture a particular feeling? Is your photo of a “celebration” locket or is it something more serious like a “in memory of locket”? Consider what impact background colors could have. Colors like red, orange and yellow are lively colors that are often associated with lots of energy and happiness, while cooler colors like greens and blues are associated with tranquility and calmness.
- The back drop. The background of your image will have a big impact on the final product. A cluttered and busy background will distract from your jewelry and detract from the final product. While a clean solid color or simple pattern will provide a nice backdrop and enhance the beauty of your Origami Owl jewelry. Poster boards, fabric and craft paper are great options.
- Lighting. The lighting will make or break your photo. Natural lighting is best. Because our lockets are metal with glass fronts they are prone to reflections, for this reason avoid using a flash.
- Don’t be afraid to take multiples. Take multiples of the same “set up” and vary your angles slightly. This will give you the opportunity to choose the best photo later.
- Using the rule of thirds. Imagine breaking your image up into thirds both vertically and horizontally. Notice how you are drawn into the owl’s eyes in this photo. This is because they are centered on the upper line of thirds. This is good practice and will add interest your photos especially if you are capturing photos of your jewelry bar or guests at a party.
- Enhance with editing. There are many options for editing your photos. You can easily crop your images and adjust the brightness and contrast. A favorite of mine is iPiccy.
- Add text. Consider whether your locket could benefit from text. Does it speak for itself or could it use a description or fun quote to add interest?
- Practice makes perfect. Remember, the more photos you take the better you get!