I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. ~John Steinbeck
I ran across this wonderfully done picture of a beautiful necklace by Nina Bagley yesterday. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ninabagley?ref=l2-shopheader-name
I really enjoyed the subtle photography of this work. For those of you too young to remember, the necklace is placed on an empty photo album page from a very old photo album that was originally meant to hold tintype photographs from the late 1800s. The placement of the necklace carefully frames the necklace and emphasizes the dangling accent without taking the viewers mind away from the beauty of the piece itself. Good photography is always a concern to artists. We all know how to take the standard picture against a black (or white) background, and it is always important to have at least one pic of this type for every piece if you plan to submit to professional magazines, etc. But for the majority of us, who sell on Etsy and send photos off to juried art shows, we need pictures that showcase our work without boring our audience. An Etsy site made up of purely silver jewelry on plain black background will not keep a potential buyer looking for long. The secret is to find a good compromise between classic black, and a background which is too distracting. Here are some examples of what I think are good and bad choices for backgrounds.
And finally, my least favorite way to see jewelry presented – the hand! We are not hand models folks, and even if we were, there are simply better ways to photograph our piece. This is by far one of the more beautiful pair of earring I have seen, but instead of looking at the earrings, I am checking out the hand and wondering how the artist keeps her hands so much nicer than mine when we are both metalsmiths!