LATEST: Course Update - July 2016
Do you know that great looking photos can dramatically make a difference in what the perceived value is of the item you are photographing? Yes, it’s true. Several years ago I started helping my wife build her eBay business while creating the photos of jewelry and small products that she was selling. Over and over again I saw her sell her items on eBay for many times more than what she paid for them. Her items sometimes would sell for 35 or 50 times more than what she paid. Sometimes even more than that.
What’s the difference between the items? Nothing, except the photos that she showed were beautiful. They were lit and composed beautifully, had interesting backgrounds and overall, had the look that you might see in the photographs displayed at high end jewelers and department stores. As the result, this gave them a much higher perceived value and her customers were willing to pay more for these items.
You are probably wondering, what’s the big deal? What makes these photos look so great? Can anyone learn to take photos like these? Yes, I absolutely believe anyone can? Here’s why:
I have been a professional photographer for many years. Our studio specialized in portrait & wedding photography and we were quite busy. When she asked me to help her take her photos of jewelry and small products she started selling, I started doing so in a simple, easy and quick way since I didn’t have too much time to spend on her photos, I was quite busy taking my own photos and running the studio.
What started as a simple and quick photo session of her items, has evolved through the years. I was able to fine tune the lighting, the set-up and overall way we photographed her items. Our method has remained simple, quick, easy to learn, and consistent. We step into our small studio room we have designated for taking these photos, turn on the lights, and begin the photography.
If you would like to learn how you can take photos of the small products or jewelry you are selling, consider enrolling in this course. Instead of photographing your items on a carpet or bed spread with bad lighting. Say NO to bad photos and start making more money. Whether you are selling your own products on your own website or small products on eBay, I truly believe this course can help you.
Here’s what’s covered:
1. Course Introduction
2. iPod / iPhone / Smart Phone
3. Point & Shoot Camera
4. DSLR & Lens of choice
5. Window Light
6. Fluorescent Lighting
7. Studio Flash in Soft Box & Kicker Lights
8. Electronic Flash & Umbrella
9. LED Lighting
10. Lighting Accessories
11. The Magic of Backgrounds
12. Table & Background
13. Props for Jewelry
14. Tripod, Brackets & Accessories
15. Focusing Secrets - Let Me Make It Perfectly Clear
16. Photographing Pearls Using Softbox Lighting
17. Photographing Pearls Using Fluorescent Umbrella Lighting
18. Photographing Pearls Using Window light
19. Photographing Pearls Using LED Lighting
20. Photographing Pearls Using Electronic Flash Umbrella Lighting
21. Pearls Photoshoot In Review
22. Starfish Bracelet Photoshoot
23. Earrings Photoshoot
24. Keychain & Charms Photoshoot
25. Hummel Figurines Photoshoot
26. Pins & Brooches Photoshoot
27. Adding Composition To Your Photoshoots
28. Creating Background Blur
29. Creating Rustic Brushes & Star Effects
30. Creating Moon Brush Effects
31. Creating Heart Brush Effects
32. In Conclusion
Special Bonuses and more....
It really doesn’t take any more time taking outstanding and professional looking photos. I even show you several lighting methods and techniques you can use. Some of them cost very little and some of them are free.
There’s even a pretty good chance that you may already own a camera that is more than adequate and has the potential to produce these amazing photos. The only thing that may be missing is the knowledge you need to start taking more professional looking photos by using the methods I show you, step by step, in this course. Enroll today, say NO to bad photos and start making more money.
A brief discussion on how we will be using an iPod Touch to photograph some of the small products in this course and why.
Although I discuss the digital single lens reflex camera you can use for your small product photographs, you may be surprised to find out the type of camera and lens I'm using.
Yes, you don't need the newest and most expensive pieces of equipment to get outstanding photographs.
There are big advantages and some disadvantages in using window light, find out what they are.
Here I discuss the type of a really nice continuous light source that I use, fluorescent lighting, along with a very popular & affordable accessory.
In this segment I discuss the lighting system I use for my small product photography. Although, it may be a bit unorthodox for small products, I discuss the benefits of using this system and why I can get beautiful professional images easily and consistently.
Using an electronic flash & an umbrella is another option that you can use for small products. Here are advantages and a disadvantage which can be corrected.
LED lighting is another good continuous light source that you can use for lighting small products. Better yet, is the addition of another lighting accessory used in conjunction with LED light that is discussed and shown when doing an actual photoshoot.
Here it is! The secret lighting ingredient that can make your image stand out and give them that WOW factor!
Another ingredient in creating beautiful product images is discussed here as we take a look at many sample images and see the effect how backgrounds can enhance your images.
Here I show the type of table I use and more background ideas.
There are many possibilities that you can use to help your small product and jewelry photographs stand out and add value. Here I show you the props we use.
In part 1, I show the tripod & some other accessories that may be necessary for you to use if you want to create sharp images. Plus, you can reduce your frustration level with inferior equipment when using proper gear.
Part 2 continues with a demonstration of why I use a camera bracket and also discuss using a wireless flash trigger.
Focusing issues are caused by faulty equipment, right? Usually not, Here are several tips you can use to get sharp images.
Here are several things you can do to get correct focus, whether you are using an iPod, iPhone, smartphone, iPad or even a DSLR.
A discussion about doing an actual photoshoot of a pearl necklace. Here I demonstrate my 3 light set-up and what each piece of equipment does and how it all ties together in creating a beautiful final image.
A photoshoot demonstration of a pearl necklace using fluorescent umbrella lighting and what to watch out for.
Here's another look at a pearl photoshoot using 2 different set-ups & window light. When using window light, there is another potential problem to be aware of and how to correct it.
Take a small electronic flash unit, add an umbrella and you have another source of beautiful lighting.
LED can be a good continuous light source, adding another key piece of equipment can make it even better.
A review of the advantages of the different light sources used in our pearl photoshoot. We can also see the improvements in the final image as all the ingredients are applied in the photoshoot.
Take a look at an actual photoshoot of a bracelet as I explain our lighting, background set-up and prop used in photographing our bracelet. The same set-up applies when photographing watches and similar small products.
Here I discuss several different ways and backgrounds we use in photographing small products such as earrings.
A look at some of the backgrounds and ways we photograph smaller items such as charms & key chains.
When photographing figurines such as Hummels and statuettes, different backgrounds can be used as shown in this segment.
Here I demonstrate how you can showcase your small products such as pins and brooches and why it adds value to your items.
By learning how you can add different elements of composition to your images can give your images a touch of professionalism and added value.
When you want to emphasize your product even more, this segment shows how background blur can be used to do just that.
Part 2 continues with a demonstration in Adobe Photoshop on how to isolate your small product with background blur.
A look at how I create rustic brushes and star effects and add them to our images. These effects can be used to attract more attention to your small product photos.
The effects adventure continues as we take a look at creating interesting moon effects.
Our final look at how you can add a touch of romance by adding heart effects to your photos.
A look & review of a few important key points in helping you become a better small product/jewelry photographer.
Ferdinand Neubauer, founder of "Photofonz" Media wanted to give photo enthusiasts an opportunity to further their knowledge and passion in photography through on-line education. He shares his knowledge and experience from the many phases of photography he has been involved in, from his part time start up when he booked wedding and portrait assignments from their dining room. He built a full time home studio, then moved into a commercial studio space. He operated his studio there for twenty more years before selling his studio. He now spends his time doing occasional assignments and education in the field of photography.
He earned his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America and the Accolade of Photographic Mastery degree from the Wedding & Portrait Photogs. International. His Award Winning prints have been displayed at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center. Other awards include the Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.
Whether you are looking to advance to a more professional level of photography as a photo enthusiast or you would like to make photography your career, he has been there and shares his knowledge, experience and his passion for those wanting to get into the wonderful adventures of photography. Where there is never a dull moment.