When all else fails…

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.

Too dark and not crisp enough.

Too dark and not crisp enough.

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.

Move it all outside to the porch.

Move it all outside to the porch.

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?

Much better!

Much better!

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