Taking picture of items to be sold online seems like an easy enough task, but it is really time-consuming. When taking pictures of my jewelry, I make sure I take a lot of pictures, and I mean a lot. I just want to make sure I have a vast selection to choose from, and I also want pictures from various angles. So I usually take the pictures in various positions and with different backgrounds: a white background and a grey one. I check the pictures on the lcd monitor to see how they look. Sometimes, I find that the white background looks better or vice versa. In that case, I just stick with the background that looks better. I adjust my camera settings and try to take the best possible picture, with the best lighting I can have. I want to make sure that I have a great picture from the get go. This way, I don’t need to do a lot of work after I have taken the pictures.
After I am done taking the pictures, I import them into my computer, and then comes Photoshop. In Photoshop, I created a routine to automate the cropping and anything else I would like to be done. I have so many pictures, that I don’t want to spend my time working on all of them individually. I usually crop my pictures to the same size, and since I have a lot of them, it is easier to automate this task. It makes my life easier. The routine I created includes cropping the pictures ,sharpening the image and saving in a specific folder. So I sit back and relax until the job is done, then I look at all the pictures and select the best one to upload to my website. Below are a before and after photo. There is not a huge difference between the 2, because like I said, I try to start with a great picture and do some minimal tweaking.