Ahoy! Thanks for stopping by my advice column in The Storque. I’m no professional photographer, but I figured that would just make it easier for me to pass on some fun and simple tips that can help anyone! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email me at Lori@etsy.com. Here’s the first tip. Come back soon for more installments!
Tip #2: Make a light box!
They’re tres economical and make a world of difference in your photos! Try to find yourself an easily portable lamp. It doesn’t have to be battery operated, but small desk lamps with telescopic parts can really make lighting your pieces much less stressful, and you can drag it all over your house. Lighting is essential when trying to take up-close images and a flash will create unwanted glare. Make sure your head or camera isn’t between the light and the object or you will get an awkward shadow. I find it’s best to set up the light box on a table so you don’t kill your back contorting yourself to take pictures on the floor. Once you have a light box set up and ready to roll, practice using the macro setting on your camera, if you have one.
This will allow you to get nice and close but still have a clear picture. If you don’t have a "close up" setting, try standing back from the object and zooming in.