So after spending several frustrating hours with my light cube and being completely unsatisfied with the quality of the photos I was getting, I gave up. I tried moving my daylight lamp every which way, tried turning the box every which way, but couldn’t get lighting that I liked or even wanting on my photos. This was the best I could come up with. Too dark, not crisp enough, the background elements are in too much focus, and the colors were off no matter what I tried in Photoshop.
So when all else fails, what do you do? Pack it all up and move it to the porch! I upended a laundry basket to give my tray a stable place to sit and set up my props. I added a white piece of cardstock to bounce light onto the back of the scene and soften harsh shadows. While I am a little apprehensive about trying this during the winter months, for right now, it is giving me the photos I need. The best part is, I need very little postwork done in Photoshop to prep the photos for the store. The best of both worlds. Even if the neighbors are looking at me like a nut half off her rocker.
This is the result. Perfect, crisp, with a nice soft background and the colors are fairly true without any adjustments. Natural lighting is always best. So I guess I either get my butt in gear and make sure I have enough stock made and photographed to get me through posting new items in the store during the winter months or I will have to brave the cold and get frozen fingers a few times. Anything for your craft right?