|The Square Perfect light box out of the box, |
in its convenient self-storing case
|My set-up of the light box, with the sheer white on top|
First, I have to say that the light box was great, but not the cure-all I was hoping for. The kit I got comes with two little lights, a little tripod, velvet backdrops in white, black, blue and red (although for the life of me, I can't imagine I'll ever use the blue or red), and the collapsible light box itself folds into a nice sturdy case that holds everything. My only real complaint about the kit is that it didn't come with instructions, and I was confused about how to set it up. At least one side has to be black, i.e., opaque. My instinct told me this should be the back, but the photo on the box shows the black side on top (or maybe even the back and the top). I stuck with my instinct and set it up so that I'd have natural light filtering in from the top, with the lamps lighting each side. I was disappointed that this set-up did not allow as much light in the box as I had hoped; I expected flooded natural-looking light with absolutely no shadows. I will say that even thought I don't really love the look of a pure white background, it did allow the colors of my products to show better than on the natural travertine stone I'd been shooting on. So, I think this is a style compromise I'm willing to make. Maybe I can make up for the boring white background with more props. And I'll try shooting in the light box on very sunny days, to see if that helps. Although I must say the idea that, in a pinch, I can do a decent photo shoot any time of day -- regardless of the whether it's a cloudy or sunny day -- takes some of the pressure off.
As for my Lightroom experience, the second time around was much better. The first day, I had trouble at every step. I couldn't even figure out how to import photos off my camera into the program. And then, even though I was doing okay with the "developing," i.e., editing, I couldn't figure out how to do the key things I really needed to do for my Etsy shop: (1) make sure the files were in sRGB color mode instead of Adobe RGB, so that hopefully, the colors wouldn't change when I uploaded them; and (2) reduce the file sizes to no more than 1000 pixels. I kept trying to watch tutorials, but they kept buffering. Arghh!
|An assortment of my Zazzy Peacock needle-felted |
spring hair clips shot against a white backdrop
|The background may not look white, but it shows the |
colors of the crystals better in this felted jewelry set
|I think this shot of some of my felted peacock accessories came out the best, so far|