Do you still remember the day you bought your first camera? I definitely do! I also remember the excitement I felt because I was sure that that good camera was going to make really good photos for me. You can probably relate to that when I tell you, that it was a big disappointment when I shot my first photos. So I started looking for tips and tricks on how to improve my photography skills. Especially when it came to photographing jewellery which is, due to the nature of the delicacy and the details in my designs, a very challenging task. Over the years I invested in a very good lens, some softboxes (which I basically don’t use anymore, since natural light is so much prettier) and I have spent countless hours watching Youtube, looking for answers on Google, researching, trying out and experimenting with the camera in the hope that the photos I take from our jewellery make you happy when you look at them and hopefully give you a feeling of how the piece feel in real life.
Sometimes you need to get out of the Google and Youtube bubble and go get some new input if you want to learn more. And that’s exactly what I did last Friday. The lovely Katja Heil, you might know her from her wonderful blog and online shop Fräulein K. sagt Ja!, hosted her photography workshop for the second time. I’ve been following her work for a couple of years, and we’ve also had the pleasure to have our jewellery featured on her blog several times, and I just knew this was the perfect time to attend her workshop in order to improve my photography skills. And it sure wasn’t disappointing. We were a small group of lovely people so there was lots of room for all of our questions. Katja started the day with going through the basic camera settings, we talked about why a photo is interesting for the eye, how to compose the styling so you can create a harmonic shot, and how to edit and save your photos in a very efficient way with Adobe Lightroom.
My biggest challenge is definitely the fact that a lot of the jewellery I create is not easy to photograph. So I was very happy to brainstorm on the different possibilities of styling them. This workshop has opened up some new ways of shooting our jewellery for me, and look at it in a different way. I can’t wait to brainstorm and look for more creative ways to make our designs the star of every photo.
Thank you, Katja for this wonderful day, and for sharing your knowledge with us.
Please enjoy some photos I shot during the workshop and please leave a little comment below and tell what you think about them.
Not only did we get the chance to photograph our own products, but Katja had also prepared this set-up where we could play around and try out everything we’ve learned that day. And since I’m an absolute detail lover, I ended up with very few photos from the overall look, but therefor a couple of detailed shots of all the pretty props Katja used to decorate the table with. I hope you enjoy some non-jewellery related photos. 🙂