One of my piano students gave me an American Express gift card for Christmas; I used it to buy myself a piece of equipment to support my budding jewelry design business. The Portable Photo Studio from ThinkGeek (click HERE) claims it will "make the difference between sold and unsold on eBay." I assume that applies to Etsy, too; it remains to be seen whether or not that is true. But I can already tell that this nifty set-up is is going to help me and my little Samsung T220 take much better pictures of my pieces.
Today I added a Red Leather Freshwater Pearl Bracelet to online store, The Wishing Box at Etsy (click HERE). To photograph this item, I tried every possibility: indoors, outdoors, with flash, without flash, auto focus, macro focus. This was the best shot I was able to come up with.
Then my Photo Studio In-A-Box arrived.
The grand opening.
Monkey breath included.
Assembly of the pop-up soft lighting box, lights, and camera stand was a snap.
The entire set-up fits atop my dining room table.
Following the directions that came with the photo studio, I turned on the light sources, set my camera to macro, and used no flash. Here are my first-attempt results.
What a difference! Everything is in sharp focus, and there are no crazy shadows. I love it!
The whole shebang breaks down just as easily as it sets up and is fully portable in a compact canvas bag. Cool, right?
And now, before I go, I want to remind you that I will be blogging at The Wishing Box (click HERE) about some aspect of my jewelry design business every Tuesday. I hope you will check it out!