Lately I’ve been playing around with adding a little more interest to my product photography. Just seeing a photo of pottery sitting on a piece of wood, can be very beautiful and compositionally interesting and fulfilling to look at, but lets face it, sometimes it can get a little boring to to look at piece after piece photographed the same way each time. So here is what I’ve come up with for this week.
I took some photos of my pottery with me holding or using the pieces. When browsing through the huge mountain of pieces of pottery for sale on Etsy, you may use the search words “handmade pottery platter” and you’ll see hundreds of wheel thrown handmade pottery platters with nice lighting and nice backdrops or settings, but not many will come up with an actual person in the photo. When we see a photo with a person in it, that photo stands out, grabs our attention, catches our eye and we have more of a tendency to click on that photo to get a closer look. We want to see more images of what this person is holding, find out more about this shop, how that product is being used, who is running the shop and making the items, and just what it’s all about.
For these photos, I took them with natural lighting on an overcast day spilling in though a large north facing widow and a not so expensive SONY SLR camera.
If you’d like to get a closer look at these pieces, hop on over to my Etsy site at www.riverstonepottery.etsy.com.