By Sheila Arkee
Over the past three years of Painted Ladies, my product photography skills have come a long way. Part of the beauty of longevity is being able to look back at the early days … wondering why the heck I ever thought it was a good idea to use my kitchen table as a background.
As time went on my choice of shooting locations changed; I have never wanted to use a white box – I just prefer the look of something more organic, a way to differentiate my photos. Blogging is fundamentally about telling a story, and I’m really happy with the way the products set against dark wood help portray those stories.
About a year ago I made a change in the way I took photos that took the feel to the next level and cost all of $5.
I started wearing a white t-shirt.
Before, I would wear any old shirt, and wonder why the photos would pull certain colors – blue, pink, purple, why?
Then, I remembered a tip I picked up somewhere on the photography blogosphere. A natural light photographer mentioned that they wore a white top to serve as a reflector for her subjects. GENIUS.
Occasionally I’ll wear a grey shirt as a neutral reflector, but by and large a white t-shirt is de rigueur – best fashion choice I’ve ever made!
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