Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Jewelry Box

As I mentioned in my previous post I want to get into product photography so I did a little research and found that I need some more equipment including lights and a lightbox but never one patient enough to wait for equipment to arrive in the mail I decided to try my hand at product photography using the equipment I already have which includes my camera, my 50mm lens, my external flash, my old Minolta close up filter that I have to hold in front of my lens because it doesn't fit, and two white sheets of paper taped to the back of a cereal box. I used my jewelry as my product and here are my results:

This is a ring that was given to me by my grandmother. I think I received it as a gift for my 18th birthday and it's been in the family for a while. Someone once told me they thought I found it one of those quarter machines you find in business waiting rooms. That person now has a permanent mark on their forehead in the shape of this ring from when I put them in their place using my fist. Just kidding, I'm a lover not a fighter.

Here is my class ring, notice the camera and film on the side there. On the other side I've got a paint easel, however I am not a good painter at all. I just needed something to fill in that space and I liked art.

Here are some of my James Avery charms. What is James Avery you ask? Just ask any Texan and they'll know, but if you don't have a Texan handy I'll go ahead and fill you in. James Avery is a jewelry store that makes really unique charms and jewelry. A lot of times they're miniature reproductions of larger things, like the camera for example.
Check out the detail on that, it even has a little viewfinder. Oh, but what's that little dangling thing on the side?? It's a film canister because I got this back when film was the norm. On every James Avery piece there is a little candle holder with 3 candles and the initials JA. When my best bud Ann and I were kids we thought it was a menorah and the JA stood for Jewish Academy.
 The thing I love about James Avery charms and jewelry is that everything I own from them has a story. The sun was given to me by my aunt Sharon because I really love severe weather. I know it's a sun and not a tornado but for whatever reason James Avery doesn't make those. Sharon also gave me the bride and groom when Nick and I were engaged.

So there you have it. I think for what I was working with it's not bad, but it's als not great. I don't really know the first thing about how to even market myself for product photography so if it's really something I want to do I think there is a lot to learn.

1 comment:

  1. Look at all those cute charms! Charm bracelets are like a black dress. They will never go out of style! What makes them even better is that each can come with a story that represents a special part of your life.

    -Rochel Faltus