Taking Your Own Photos


Let me start off by saying by no means am I a professional photographer (or a wannabe!). I also don’t use my camera to its full capabilities so I’m not the most knowledgeable amateur out there. But in the three or so years that I’ve had my fancy-dancy DSLR I’ve taken over ten thousand pictures. This is mainly because I have a toddler + I’m in love with taking consecutive shots. If you click a hundred times, one is bound to turn out, right?

Product photography is a bit different though. I’m constantly learning ways that I can improve the angle, mode, lighting … the list goes on. This post is less of a DIY + more of a love letter to everyone else that goes through the same process. Sometimes the sessions go wonderfully but others, like my last one, are riddled with speed-bumps.

This poor necklace had the misfortune of seeing very little light out of my bay window …


That was kind of disheartening since it was a custom piece of (shiny!) jewellery that I want to show off. I may very well end up using it in my portfolio with a little TLC. So it’s off to whatever photo editing program I felt like that day.

Step #1 … re-size that baby (done).

Step #2 … start adjusting things! My first stop is to always look at the brightness and contrast. The necklace – or whatever product I’m working on – should be the focal point. I prefer shooting against a white background as it makes things pop that much more.

Beaded Crystals and Pearls Necklace by Moments That Shine

Step #3 … still not quite what I’m looking for so time to look at other goodies. Exposure, Gamma Correction and Vibrance are all favourites of mine.

Beaded Crystals and Pearls Necklace by Moments That Shine

At this point I’m content. It isn’t perfect but considering I have what seems like a gazillion more to do, I’ll take it! There is one last thing though.

Step #4 … add a logo/watermark/website! Please please please don’t forget to do this. It doesn’t always have to be big + in your face (in fact I’m not a fan of my full-sized logo on many pics) but one should be careful. There’s a great chance one of my images will wind up someplace else so I want to make sure people can always trace it back to me.

Beaded Crystals and Pearls Necklace by Moments That Shine

So my hat is off to everyone else who does the same thing as me. It may seem simple enough but when you add up all of the images, it can be overwhelming. I can only imagine how bug-eyed professional photographers get + how much patience they have!

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2 Responses to Taking Your Own Photos

  1. Kelly says:

    Less a comment about the “blog subject”, and more a comment on the piece – stunning! I love it!

  2. Susan says:

    Thanks Kelly! You’re a superstar :)