For the “better” photo I took the shell over near a window. The shell is actually on an afhgan hanging over the back of the couch. The shell is probably about a foot away from the window which is to the left. Window lighting is ALWAYS flattering, it’s soft lighting because its indirect. It won’t be soft lighting if the sun is beating directly into that window though, so pick a window on the side of your house that the light is indirect. The side lighting gives the shell more “shape” because of the light and shadows. (Not flat like our last photo)
For this photo I moved in closer which does TWO things. It allows you to see more detail, AND it eliminates a distracting background. I should have cropped this photo at the top and bottom so you were really focusing on the shell. The folds in the afghan at the top are distracting.
I also positioned the shell in a way that was more flattering. I remember someone who was hired to photograph some jewelry and instead of laying the pieces flat on a table he found a small peice of drift wood and hung the earrings so that they would display more in their natural state. Sometimes simple adjustments to presentation will make or break your photo.
So three steps to improve your photos of inanimate objects are…
1. flattering lighting
2. positioning the object in a flattering way
3. non-distracting background
Did you find these tips helpful? What other advice would you give? Let us know in the comments!
I was in a meeting recently and besides the person speaking, the only other noise was someones camera making digital shutter sounds. Please don’t be that person.