The photographing has begun

So, finally after much pomp and circumstance, I have started shooting some of the many new things I have ready for both my Etsy shops.  Aside from all of the jewelry pieces which will be going up at GaleriedeIlluminata, I am also beginning the process of replenishing the inventory at EandO.  I’ve pulled about 40 things at random from around the studio, and to give you an idea of the variety, there’s a Victorian soap tin, a group of vintage sailing photos, a snazzy metal purse from the 50s, some antique fraternity ribbons, some old postcards, old watch springs, plenty of antique photographs, and various vintage jewelry parts.


I thought this also might be a good time to talk a little about the photo booth I am using- mine is made from a double thick furniture box.  The sides are lined with one layer of foam core to serve as light reflectors, and the backdrop paper is just a roll of bulletin board paper that I picked up at a local school supply store.  The clip-on lights came from Home Depot, and run about 7 bucks apiece, and I covered them with thin tissue paper to help diffuse the light.

Quite a simple set up, I know, but I just wanted to show it because I’m all about the saving-money-where-I-can-thing.  I’m a firm believer that you really don’t have to have an expensive set up to get good shots, and good images are crucial for good sales.

Until next time,



2 Responses to “The photographing has begun”

  1. Hi, I’ve always had trouble getting my photos lit correctly. What bulbs do you use in your set-up? I’m using a blue bulb w/ 300 watts, they burn very hot and I’m not sure tissue paper would work with them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Kindest regards…

    • Hi Jackie,
      I just use simple compact florescent bulbs, and because I shoot digitally, I make the color corrections for my shots using the camera, or Photoshop afterward. Hope that helps, Mikel

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