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Photos - Still Searching . . . . . . . . .

.....for the perfect background.

A while ago I decided that my white backgrounds were boring so decided to try something different. I tried bright orange (see example in my Etsy shop in sidebar), really liked it for a few days then decided that it was a bit much. So I then thought I'd try backgrounds in other colours, maybe a bit subtler.......... I now possess backgrounds in all colours and patterns imaginable but STILL I'm not happy with my photos!

The only thing for it was to consult the Etsy forums where there are lots of threads about photographing jewellery ~ we all obviously think alike! After reading through several the general consensus about backgrounds seemed to be GREY. Yes, grey is apparently the colour to go for. Here's a photo of my earrings using a grey background

I'm not sure about it, it seems a bit drab because of the grey! I know it can depend on the colour of the beads but it still looks a bit dull to me. I've seen so many gorgeous photos of jewellery on Etsy using grey - maybe it's the wrong shade!

I then tried a more neutral background ~ a lightish brown ........

But it still looks drab! Maybe I'm just so used to using white that anything else is going to look wrong!
Here's some copper earrings I used a white background for...

I think these look better although the photo isn't that sharp ~ been fiddling about with my camera settings too much which can affect the sharpness! I've since reset them all back to "normal" so will see if that has any effect next time I use it.

After experimenting I've come to the conclusion that white is best for me, although I may use another light shade if it fits the colour of the beads!
Anyone want a big pile of background papers?? 
If you have any tips or advice please feel free to let me know!


  1. I always struggle with pictures. Just not sure what works best really. Love the last pair of wire earrings. :o)

  2. I love the grey, it shows off the earings ready well, who ever thought it!
    Its got me thinking..... you don't get the glare back you do on white. Looks good, don't look at your photos for a day then go on a couple of other sellers pages then go back to yours and see the difference. Kx

  3. I use a ceramic tile piece in a natural tone from the hardware store. It is not as drab as a solid color and the jewelry still shows up beautifully. Finding the right background is so tricky!

  4. I feel a visit to B&Q coming on!
    Thanks for your comments :D

  5. Your work is fantastic, and I always love white!

  6. I really like the grey. But sometimes I find I need to bump up the contrast a notch in my photo editing program to make them pop.


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