How to make a Light Defusing Photo Booth.
Taking photos of your art work is a whole other art. Good photos will help sell your work, bad photos will turn people away from purchasing your work. Good photos will give you a better chance of being juried into art shows.
Several companies sell photo booths for very expensive prices. As a beginning artist purchasing an expensive booth is not an option. So you can make a simple light defusing booth, rather inexpensively.
A plastic Rubbermaid file box with three desk lamps shining through the plastic (defused light) makes an very good light box for a very reasonable price. Place one light on each side of the box and one above the box. You can also place a 4th lamp behind the box if desired. The file box cost me $10 or $12 at Wal-mart or you can probably find one at an office supply store. The desk lamps are about $10.00 each. I have those on my work bench already, because I like lots of light when I work. Use a hanging file box as it is square. Other Rubbermaid containers have rounded corners and may not work as well.
I stand the box on it’s end and set it on my work bench and put a piece of gray felt in it and place the piece of jewelry on the felt. I turn the flash off on the camera. Glass jewelry will have a reflective glare if not. If the pic is a bit dark because of no flash, I can always lighten it a bit in the photo program. (As a note, I use Picasa by Google as photo organizing and editing program. It is free, just go to google.com and download it.)
I usually take 8 or 10 pics, then choose the ones I like best. I take pics of the completed necklace and a close ups of my handmade beads or fused glass focal pieces.
As an added note, a gray background is the best colored background to use. I have tried other colors. Black is good, only if you have a piece of artwork that is very brightly colored. Otherwise black will just absorb your artwork and it will not show up in your photos. White is to bright of a back ground and will detract from your artwork. Tan is a second best color, next to gray, but can show up with a orange tent using no flash. Through trial and error, I have discovered gray is the best background to use and a piece of felt is very inexpensive, and brings out the best of your artwork.
Close up of 2 fused glass pendants I made, strung on Sterling Silver wire with my handmade beads and Sterling Silver beads.
Note in all of the above pics the piece of jewelry stands out very clearly on the gray background, no matter what the color, blue, green, red, black purple, gold, or teal.
Hope this article helps you take the best pics of your art work. If you have questions about photographing your artwork feel free to ask. Christina