This week's fantastic photographic transformation features LittleGrayFox via Etsy. This Seattle-based artist creates a wide range of work from felt brooches and game piece necklaces to embroidered art and polymer clay miniatures. Check out her shop for all the foxy goodness!
Shooting photos of your small object indoors without adjusting the white balance first can sometimes result in photos that are extremely yellow or "warm" due to the yellowish glow from tungsten light bulbs (standard incandescent bulbs).
- An overhead incandescent light casts a yellow tone over the whole photo
- Using a single bright light also creates a harsh shadow
- The depth of field is much too shallow and makes the whole photo look out of focus
- Centered composition doesn't do anything for the piece
- Reflected light softens the lighting while highlighting the shiny surface of the pendant
- Using a slightly reflective background creates a subtle depth that draws us into the photo
- The entire piece is in focus and shows the attention to detail in the finishing of the piece
- Much improved composition adds a lot more interest to the photo
To ensure your colors stay true, be sure to check that your white balance setting on your camera is set to read the same kind of light that you're shooting under (incandescent, florescent or outdoors) for colors that are truer to your subject matter.