Wednesday 12 December 2012

Capturing The Beauty of My Jewelry: Lessons Learnt

Whenever I finish any piece of jewelry, I'm always happy and amazed at the sheer beauty! The colours, the feel, the design and the over all look makes me smile and fulfilled. Sometimes, they look so beautiful, I wonder how to transfer this from reality to pictures for my website and social network page.

Fulfill Jewelry
This was a big challenge for me sometimes ago. This is why I have decided to share my journey of photography...transferring beauty from reality to pictures.  Still improving and learning, but have also improved quite well considering the fact that I didn't train or attend any photography class.

The first camera I really ever used for my jewelries was a Nikon D 60 digital camera. My husband bought it on one of his numerous trips. It is an expensive camera and a bit big for me to handle.

Another thing, there were so many features to learn and understand. I'm not a photographer! I just want to get good pictures of my jewelries for upload! The early pictures I took with is camera were terrible! They were blurry, dark and ugly no thanks to the many features I had to learn and adjust.

Lesson 1:  Get a camera that is portable with high mega pixel, with simple features/setting and more importantly affordable. You don't have to break the bank because of a camera. I came to know from experience, that I don't really need a professional or expensive camera to get excellent results.

When I finish any piece of jewelry, I always take the photograph before delivery. However, I noticed any picture I took in the evening do not really capture the piece as it is. The colours, the brilliance and the entire beauty of the jewelry is understated and sometimes even ugly!

I struggled with this for a while and tried lighting up the room (still learning about it), used the flash in the camera, changed the settings...the outcome did not give me satisfaction. So I changed my strategy...
Fulfill Jewelry

Lesson 2: Take your pictures during the day when the sun is out. Anytime I finish a piece of jewelry in the evening or night, I wait till morning to take the pictures. And do you know the result? Stunning beautiful pictures!

After capturing your jewelries, you need to prepare for upload. You need a computer or laptop to transfer these pictures. So what next? You edit them. How? I use Picasa to edit my pictures.
It's free and the quality is perfect.

Lesson 3: If you have to edit your pictures for free, then use Picasa. Just download into your computer or laptop for free and you are ready to go!

Finally, know that "Rome wasn't built in a day".So you need to learn and get better at doing this. You have to be patient with yourself and your camera.

Lesson 4: Be patient, practice and you would get better and get it right.

It's been a wonderful journey because, I can get to capture the same beauty of my jewelries into pictures without feeling less happy with the result.
                                      Beautiful Jewelries + Camera = Beautiful Pictures
I can't ask for more!

Let me know the outcome of your experience and possibly, share any new tips.

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"For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge"- Eccl. 2:26

"People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves" - Paulo Coelho

                                                           Linda Aliogo

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