I got a comment from Becky (Etsy shop theMonkeyButtons) about her wine glass charms. She says: “I have a hard time with black and white objects. I can only get the black or the white to look good in any picture. These are also made with carved mother-of-pearl buttons, and I can’t get the details to show well because they are slightly shiny.” Specifically, she was referring to this set, which includes the following listing photo:
It’s actually quite a nice shot, as are all the others in the listing. Becky obviously has good technique and understands how to control depth of field. But I think that the lighting is just a bit too yellow and warm to capture the true colors and details of the buttons. So I thought I’d try for a more dramatic look and avoid the influence of the tablecloth.
First up, a very simplistic shot taken on a reflective white background (click to zoom):
Same concept, different charms:
Same concept, different charms, and a cork for added interest:
Now for a few on a reflective black background, again with emphasis on the details of the buttons and wire wrapping:
This time, the entire set hanging in front of a flat white background:
Less attention on the charms, more on the setting:
Now for something completely different, a little post-processing to give this shot an aged, vintage look:
Next time — Glass Marble Pendants.