Working on my product photography

wallpaper samples

I have been giving my promotional photography for social media some thought recently and decided that one thing I need is a good background or two for my shots.  Having seen some fellow crafters using wallpaper as backgrounds, I decided that this was a jolly good idea to try.

So off we went to one of our local diy stores for a stroll up and down the wallpaper aisles.  It felt so naughty tearing strips from roll after roll – we both kept waiting for a member of staff to enquire what we were up to!  Eventually we left with about 8 samples carefully rolled up in one quite fat roll…and then nonchalantly strolled out the store.

Our spoils acquired, I sat down to have a look at them and decide which ones I liked.  Admittedly there were a few that I looked at and thought ‘what was I thinking’?!  I did a few mock-ups to do the old compare and contrast.

There are some that I looked at and discounted straight away, I am finding it difficult though to narrow it down to one.  I may have to have two different ones…or three…or four…

Which do you like?

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April’s Instagram

Rolled up wallpaper samples for product photography

My favourite photo of mine on Instagram in April

My enjoyment of using Instagram is continuing to grow and grow.  Using it to both publicise my button jewellery as well as show my photography and life is something I take great pleasure in.  Add in the lovely feel of community I get interacting with my fellow crafters, seeing all the amazing photographs out there and getting to have a general nosey into the life of others and…well…I think I have finally found the social media for me.

Having followed an Instagram challenge in March (click here for the #marchmeetthemaker summary), I did approach April a little concerned – would I lose focus, struggle to find photos to put on every day, run out of ideas?  Thankfully these fears proved groundless.  I love finding things to include on my feed and seeing what gets responses from others on there.  The photos that for me got the biggest responses this month were these two:

Business cards for Mr B's Button Jamboree

New business card design

Nippori station, Tokyo

Nippori station, Tokyo – our old local station

Okay we are still talking small numbers…everyone has to start somewhere though!

I am experimenting with my feed at the moment and trying to use either the same or similar filter for all my photos.  I kind of like the effect (what do you think?) although I am finding that what works for my more general photos doesn’t always work for all photos especially my product ones.  I think I will try this for a while longer and then maybe try a different approach.

To finish off today, here are a few of my favourite photos from my Instagram feed last month.  To see more, why not head over to Instagram and follow me there!

Instagram summary April 2016

A few of my Instagram highlights for April