The title of this post has relevance to the artistic nature of product photography and all the trials and tribulations that come from learning on one's own.
It has been a jagged journey from the beginning shooting with a small point and shoot and a sheet of craft paper. Back in the day I had not a clue what to do but I enjoyed the modest shots of my pots and the response was generally positive.
|from 2009...bad color saturation, ok lighting but not much resolution|
|this shot was taken a year later in my light tent setup...not bad, but the setup still had some limitations|
In 2010 I purchased a light tent kit that I used with lights and a backdrop. This is the 'Go To' method for a lot of potters. Overall I was very happy with this set up but I still had several issues with the lighting. Sometimes it was just too soft or too harsh and glossy pots where a nightmare. I have since figured out to keep tweaking the method individually for each photo. Very time consuming but worthwhile all the same.
I have since corrected these and other problems. A new backdrop method is being explored, one that doesn't scratch and leave ugly marks. I have also gotten a better camera and lens this year. This has made the most impact on my photography, but that is a story for another day. If you have the need for any suggestions with your product photography please feel free to drop me a line.
That's all for now...in the meantime keep changing those windows!