And as much as I love my Lumix, (looooooooooooooove) I could no longer ignore that it was, indeed, time to get a new one. I considered another Lumix, maybe a slightly upgraded model, it's a GREAT camera (they have a great macro zoom feature for jewelry) but I have long wanted a DSLR that would give me a broader range of manual settings for other photography as well. After looking at various models, it came down to a nikon and a canon.....
Cue my tax return coming in a couple of weeks ago - YAY! - and I am now diving full blown into relationship with my new camera - the Nikon D3100. There is quite a learning curve, which I expected, but I'm already enjoying the camera (when I'm not totally frustrated that that it's not behaving the way I 'think' it should be ! )
I have taken a few photos of the grands and I pulled out some jewelry and took a few photos as well as taking some macro around the house (hello DUST! and thanks for the reminder I need to clean. NOT!)
Here are some samples of the jewelry - on a white backdrop with some pebbles I had laying on my bench. :)
|Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring|
|Sterling and 14k Gold Ring|
|Ocean Jasper, Sterling Silver Ring|
|Iolite in Sterling Silver Ring|
|Sterling Silver Ring assortment|
|Ocean Jasper in Sterling Pendant with Chain|
|Onyx in Sterling Pendant with Chain|
|Jade, Sugilite, Sterling Silver necklace|
|Palmwood, Smoky Quartz Sterling Pendant with Chain|
|Plume Agate in Sterling Pendant with Chain|
I am shooting in raw and Picasa automatically opens/saves them in jpg so I think I am going to look into using something else as I know you lose some data with jpg. I'd rather save as tiff or png.
I am also looking to change the background. Or I was. I have an idea in mind.....but then I was looking at some sites today - Tiffany's, etc - and they almost all show their product on white backgrounds. I know they aren't really my competition (Is that the understatement of the century?!) but if it works for them....who am I to say 'no to white!'?
However, you can see how my white is not so white. While that's not a bad thing necessarily - if I place those photos next to each other, it then becomes a little distracting - don't you think? I'd love to come up with something that is more consistent photo to photo.
I am also redoing my packaging. Though I never really had any real packaging plan, it was just a natural kraft box and sometimes a sticker/label or logo stamp on the outside. It's time to begin tying it all together. So I ordered new boxes and ribbon and tissue paper that matches my brand. Burgundy, sage (olive), and black.
I will share as these things evolve!