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  • I'm thinking of having professional photos done for my website.. any advice?

    I have done all the photos for my site myself on a very basic digital camera.... and I think some items look really bad!

    I really feel I could benift from having professional photos taken to make my items look better.

    Can anyone offer any advice? Or does anyone on here live locally (Nottingham)? How much would it cost?

    any help appreciated,

    hx
    Heidi

  • #2
    Hi Heidi,

    I don't think your photos are bad at all!

    P.S. don't know if you saw my note about the apron but thanks - it's great!

    Emma.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by emmat123 View Post
      Hi Heidi,

      I don't think your photos are bad at all!

      P.S. don't know if you saw my note about the apron but thanks - it's great!

      Emma.
      Oh... I didn't see it... glad you like it! Could you leave a review? follow the link on my website?

      hxx
      Heidi

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      • #4
        Originally posted by emmat123 View Post
        Hi Heidi,

        I don't think your photos are bad at all!

        P.S. don't know if you saw my note about the apron but thanks - it's great!

        Emma.
        Just seen the review!! Thank you!! Would love a photo when he models it over at xmas!!

        xx
        Heidi

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        • #5
          will email you about this!

          cheers
          Judith
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          • #6
            Personally I would advise you to learn yourself otherwise you are tied in to always having to pay for pics as you update your products and site.

            It is really not rocket science and you do not need an expensive camera the one you have gives plenty of resolution for web use. What you need to learn about is composition, lighting and consistency.

            If I could use 3 examples from your own site

            1 never ever fire the flash it always gives dodgy pictures. Always use good natural light. The best way to get this is to set up right beside a big window with the window to the side of the object so the light is coming from your right or left, this cast gentle soft shadows and shows that the objects are 3 dimensional. It must not be direct harsh sunlight, better on a bright but cloudy day or by a window where the sun is not shining in directly on the work. You want to hold the camera as steady as possible a tripod is perfect but resting it on a sturdy object like a chair back, table or whatever is better than completely hand held.



            2 composition, this image and the one above just have too much stuff and the eye does not know where to go.



            3 This image is very nice. The lighting is much better. The composition is not too busy. Once you have found the place in your home where you get nice lighting and nice shots then stick to it. Always use the same background if possible, this gives consistency through the site which is nice. I personally use a roll of gray paper background paper available from camera shops but an ironed piece of plain fabric or you wood and wicker or whatever you feel works well but try to keep it consistent.

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            • #7
              I am really guilty of bad photography of my things but by the time I decide to do anything about it I am also too lazy to go back over all the photos and re do them. If , as with me, natural light is not possible (I live in an old cottage with small windows, a couple of spot lights and a lighttent are the best idea. A bit of an outlay but long term good photos pay off. Alternatively as someone suggested elsewhere, if you have a white bath shoot things in there as the white enamel / plastic bounces the light giving an even colour cast. Professional photographers are expensive and if, as with some of us, you are continully updating it could get both tedious and expensive.

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              • #8
                Hi Heidi,

                I spent a fortune on pro photographer £600 for 4 hours - to be honest the photos me and my friend did with a digital camera, a blue background and photoshop are much better. i'd advise find someone who knows photoshop and the magic wand and you get much better results
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                • #9
                  Have you thought of approaching your local camera club or evening class for them to approach it as a project or better still enrol yourself.

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                  • #10
                    Your website is lovely, pictures nice - you say they were taken with a basic digital camera. Well, why not put funds into a newer on instead of a photographer.
                    Charters
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                    • #11
                      Your website is lovely and I don't think your photos are bad at all. I honestly think you would be wasting your time getting professional pics done.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                        Hi Heidi,

                        I spent a fortune on pro photographer £600 for 4 hours - to be honest the photos me and my friend did with a digital camera, a blue background and photoshop are much better. i'd advise find someone who knows photoshop and the magic wand and you get much better results
                        £600 for 4 hours of product photography..? Sounds an awful lot to me (coming from a photographer)
                        Last edited by loukr; 07-11-2010, 01:40 AM. Reason: typo
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                        • #13
                          sadly that's not a bad price for 4 hours of product photography - some of the pro's charge a thousand or more. As part of HSD I teach people how to take better shots themselves - I agree with previous comments that for a craft website where products change, taking the shots yourself is more cost-effective.

                          Cheers
                          Judith
                          www.happysheepdesigns.com

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                          • #14
                            Hi Heidi,
                            For some reason it won't let me link to your first website? Your Wedding gifts look lovely by the way, and that site is really well made, and very easy to navigate. And I think the pics are fine. Do you have photoshop or a similar package? It is very good for getting rid of any little cheeky bits you want blocking out and having your photoes lightened. I have to say I was a bit slack with my earlier pics but just started using it for my prom collections and I have really noticed the difference!x
                            Dee x
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                            • #15
                              I'd consider buying a good Digital SLR.. I love mine and it worth every penny for really good photo's. The difference between it and a compact is massive.. I think you'd see a return on the investment and of course it will all go against tax..
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