I love when a customer likes my work so much that she orders gift for others! My super customer, Lisa, ordered these two "Ellen" handbags
for a sister and friend.
The photos above and right were taken in my basement sewing studio. The nice lighting was created by only a flourescent light on the ceiling and a fabulous BlueMax floor light
. I didn't use my camera's flash.
I like having the dress form/mannequin to hold my purses! She gives good perspective for size and style.
But I am always experimenting with my product photos, which sometimes could look more professional. Some articles I've been reading
gave me the idea to try a new location today. So I headed up to my dining room, where a set of patio doors allows a lot of light in. Today in Wisconsin, it's overcast and snowing, but the snow provided enough bright light for my photo shoot.
Here's my super-fancy (ha!) setup. Two white posterboards served as backdrops and reflectors.
Look at all that light coming in!
I didn't turn on any other lights, and I used my Canon Rebel XT
without the flash.
The results, which I edited with Photoshop Elements
(to crop, brighten, add a bit of saturation where the light washed the colors out)...
Not bad, huh? I'm not sure I like the table showing on the first two shots. Like I said, I'm experimenting. Here are the inside pics, which I truly thought wouldn't turn out. It looked so dark in there when I was shooting!
Even with my big ol' hand holding it open, I think it's a decent shot, even sort of professional.
I don't really mind where the light gets super-bright. It's kind of artsy.
The front of the bag is washed out, but that's OK, because it's not the focus of this picture.
I'm amazed that the pockets and business label are in focus.
Here's the other side of the interior, with the zippered pocket and key fob.
Nice, natural light that shows the fabric's true colors.
Here's the purse hanging from my chandelier with a posterboard behind it!
If this bird purse looks familiar, it's because the original "Ellen" handbag
was made of the same fabric! See the original one at left, which I photographed in my basement studio.
It looks good, but I have many problems with shadows when shooting with a single lamp.
I had two natural-light lamps for a while, but one broke.
Thanks for reading and viewing! I appreciate any comments, questions or suggestions! -- Rene