Monday, December 14, 2009

A Year in the Making, Day 104

Today, I took a break from making, as I spent a good portion of the day with a rather painful cramp in my left hand. I noticed it while driving, gripping the wheel. It was an on-the-road kind of day for me, about 3 hours worth of driving altogether, and I spent most of it with my left hand in my lap or carefully stretched out against the door armrest. It finally went away, but I'm babying it now.

So instead, I retook a bunch of pictures. I was trying for a unified shop appearance as much as possible, and a light background is always better, because even in natural light, a dark background washes out the colors of the jewelry. But the light colored beads and stones were blending a little too well with the light background. I have a couple of slate pieces that we use for trivets on the dining room table, and I've used them in the past for a few of my pieces, so today I pulled out all the lighter colored bits and bobs, and a few sets that I'd originally photographed on black velvet, and retook them all on a green slate tile. I've been updating the listings bit by bit throughout the evening, taking a break to decorate the Christmas tree with the family, finally.

Our Christmas Tree 2009

We have to move the sofa every year to set up the tree, so for the rest of the year I will be suffering a crick in my neck from trying to lie on the sofa and use the laptop and watch TV all at the same time.

Here's a before and after of the same necklace, white background vs. slate:

Moonstone Necklace





I've got a much better contrast now, and also pulled in a lot closer for the shots as well, to highlight the materials.

And while I was doing my photographing and updating, I found a necklace I'd made some time ago, but had never actually listed!

Freshwater Pearl and Pewter Celtic Knot Necklace:

1 comment:

kattdaida said...

The slate certainly does look better next to the silver...very nice idea. I am constantly amazed by what you do!