Monday, October 12, 2009

Photo Styling 101

If you play that little game where you circle the differences in the pictures, you will probably learn what you can from this little post. Seriously, I did not do this on purpose. The shot on the left was my hero shot for about 18 hours. After I posted it, I went to bed and it hit me. If that is my "woodland whimsy" case, why did I photograph it with the cookbook? That one belongs with the gnomes. I was also bothered by the angle of the tablecloth. I was in complete denial about the wrinkles. The lighting for the shot on the left was done by bouncing some beautiful golden afternoon light from the window onto the subject with a reflector. At the time, I thought the lighting was great. For the second shot, I took my whole set up outside in the morning in the shade. As you can see, the ambient light in the shade is better than the best light inside. The reading glasses did darken up a bit when I took them outside, but I think they are not so dark that they look like sunglasses. Next time I will have a clear lens pair to use. Rory thinks the plaid is too busy and he would have styled it with a solid tablecloth. I like the warmth of it and the Autumnal sense of it, like brown leaves on the ground.
Oh, and there is still time to comment on my previous post. I think I will be giving a few prizes for the great comments there, so don't worry if you think your comment can't top something that someone else has already posted. You might pick up a great idea by reading them. I genuinely want to know what you are making for gifts this year.

6 comments:

Dotty Jane said...

There's a lot to think about there. I do like the outdoor shot. Pictures are such a struggle but this looks good!

Waterrose said...

You're right, the one on the right looks much better, crisper and attractive. I like how the glass lens have darken. I also like the plaid...it looks more relaxed.

Valerie said...

Great post! I've taken pictures too only to have something obvious hit me in the middle of the night-and I laughed about the wrinkles in the table cloth too. I worked so hard on a photo once that I didn't notice the big wad of dog hair until I downloaded the pictures.
I think your pictures all look awesome!

Beadstylin said...

This is great! Many times, we don't realize how those little details add up to either add or take away from the shot. I liked the pic on the right before I even read your post!

My Mother's Garden said...

Cherie,
Great informative post! So much to think about when setting up our backdrops. The pics add so much to the allure of an item.

Tom Bjorn Designs said...

thank you! the advice about the light is invaluable - i will be experimenting :)