Last year, I became addicted to making what they call nail polish gems. Basically, this is painting glass with nail polish. I made many necklaces, and a quite a few magnets. Fortunately, I was able to sell many of the necklaces at a craft fair last Fall. However, some remain, and I’ve decided another craft fair is not worth the expense or the time. So I’m going to sell them – eventually. I haven’t listed them yet, but I will post a link here when I do. Right now, I just have the photos done. Since I am selling, the only retouch I did on the necklaces was a few localized brightness adjustments. I did a little more retouch on the backgrounds (sweater fuzz, cat hair, evening things out, and so on). That’s my full disclosure for the sake of honest advertising. The idea was to photograph the necklaces against clothing like they might actually be worn.
*Edit* Now I finally have them for sale: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NecklaceArtAndCraft?ref=hdr_shop_menu
I need to work on my black on black, so for some silly reason, I started with a tough subject: patent leather shoes with fabric bows and gold ornaments. The basic strategy is to use black velvet for a background, get the subject as far from the background as possible, and set the subject on a smaller elevated surface so you can keep as much light as possible off the black velvet. Not always easy.
First, I tried a more side on view. I’m pretty happy with the lighting (though I did touch-up in Photoshop). The angle, however, was not the best.
I had a little more trouble lighting the 3/4 view, but overall, I like it better.
Next Time: Archive or Black on Black