These are my second pair of asymmetrical earrings, what fun! They are made with white coral, dolomite "Mountain Jade", Czech glass beads, and sterling silver. I decided to keep them for myself before I completed the pair. It's a good thing to, because if you look closely at the photo you'll see that one of the white coral beads looks more off white than its friends. I only noticed it while editing the photos, it's really unnoticeable with the naked eye.
I'm going to share a secret with you now. It's about how I take my photos. I didn't always do it this way, but I stuck with it after comparing the results.
For back drops I use a flat plate (first photo) and a medium sized round bowl (second photo) from the "Corelle" company. They were purchased individually at Wal-Mart. These two are kept separately from our main dishes--they are solely for picture taking. I take photos indoors anytime of the day or night.
I would place the back drop on the kitchen counter near the stove. My lighting is the kitchen light from the ceiling (the long tubular florescent light bulbs) and the light from the stove vent or stove hood. I rarely have to do much editing besides cropping and resizing. When I do have to do extra editing, I would use the brightness setting and increase the mid tones only or use all three settings. I recently learned in The Zibbet Forum, that increasing the contrast really helps make the photo pop (especially on a white back drop). I tried increasing the contrast with these earrings and that really helped (I had to really experiment with these earrings).
I try to take photos of every item that I make to keep for reference and to add to my online portfolio (photo gallery) as some items sell before being able to list them online. I edit photos so that when viewed on the a computer monitor or mobile device, the colors are as true to the actual products as can be. I believe I have achieved this after viewing the photos from several computer monitors and mobile devices.
Dolomite "Mountain Jade" is most challenging. The beads that I have are "coral pink". I would describe them as a shade of dark bubble gum, dark hot pink, or maybe just dark pink. It can look a shade darker when in low light, almost coral red. If you are not into girly stuff, don't worry, because it's not too pink. Thankfully, the crystallization in this Asian marble does stand out. It's pretty and I often pair it with the white coral. Increasing the contrast here helped to bring out the true color of the beads. The beads were dyed to enhance their natural color. I'll be making a pair to list for sale. What do you think would go well with these earrings; a matching bracelet or a matching necklace?
I like the clarity of the photos when the bowl is used as the back drop, so I think I'll use it more often from now on.
Oh! "PicMonkey" and "Picasa" are great for editing photos.
Examples of Product Shots with My "Corelle" Back Drops