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Boatrightwoodworks

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I would like a honest critique of these pictures.  I do not have photography experience and the shape of this vase and the finish are not playing nice.  I did sacrifice the background for the lighting on the wood. 

 I am using my Iphone 7s to take the pictures.   Thanks for your help!


IMG_3278.JPG  IMG_3279.JPG  IMG_3281.JPG  IMG_3282.JPG  IMG_3284.JPG 




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I think the pictures show the vases well. The last picture might show better if the shelf was white, maybe a white cloth. The wood shelf is a little distracting on that one because you want the inside to be the focus. Might try it. Very cool vase. 
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I agree with Debbie about not using the wooden base - try a neutral or even a mirror or sheet of glass .   I would also take some from a lower angle so you are looking straight on at it instead of down into it
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I think the pictures show the vases well. The last picture might show better if the shelf was white, maybe a white cloth. The wood shelf is a little distracting on that one because you want the inside to be the focus. Might try it. Very cool vase. 

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Thank you, Debbie, for your suggestions.  I really appreciate your input.  I will work on the last picture.  
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I agree with Debbie about not using the wooden base - try a neutral or even a mirror or sheet of glass .   I would also take some from a lower angle so you are looking straight on at it instead of down into it

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Thank you for your suggestions.  I appreciate having  impartial input and suggestions.  
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I would not display a wooden item on another piece of wood. I'd rather see it on a white background (I use poster board) or an actual small piece of furniture to show scale. When I have problems with background color (VERY often) or it's too dark, I use a program called Photoscissors which sells for $20. You can download it. Very easy to learn and you can have white or colored backgrounds. Just mark what you want to save with green and what you want deleted with red and voila! it's done.
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This is a gorgeous piece!
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Thank you so much for your help.  I am not familiar with Photoscissors, I will try them out.  I have tried every editing tool I can find to encircle an item and change the background.  However, due to the shape and texture of the wood, especially natural edge pieces like this piece, it is impossible to crop the picture and replace the background.  If it will work, this will be a TREMENDOUS
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Thank you for your suggestions.  I have not heard of photoscissors, but I have tried every photo editing tool I can find.  The problem I encounter is that with wood the edges are not easy to outline, especially pieces like this with natural edges and it is impossible to change the backgrounds seamlessly.  I will gladly check this tool out, because if it will work, it will save me soooooo much time.  

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I apologize, Debbie, and Christine, I do not do forums very well, and I did not realize my notes were not attached to your comments.  Thank you both for your comments.  I greatly appreciate the help.  

IzzyandPiper, thank you. 

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No problem Don it can take a while to learn our way around the forums.  Mid grey backgrounds are often very useful and a lot of photographers use them instead of white now.  I sometimes use white but make it look almost black but only lighting the subject not the background.  Mirrors can be used to reflect and add additional light, as can crumpled foil.  Hope you don't mind, I had a quick edit of your photo to give you an idea of what it might look like standing on white (I had to change to white because of the different tones when I wanted to add the shadow   delete when finished, woodenvase.jpg 

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I agree with everything posted above. You were able to capture the wood grain so it does photograph well. The only thing I could suggest is to photograph it next to an object which is a standard known size to people just by looking at it. Many people will not take the time to read the description and may base their sale purely on the photos. Taking close ups of items makes people think, well it must be huge, when in fact it could be much smaller than they realize.
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No problem Don it can take a while to learn our way around the forums.  Mid grey backgrounds are often very useful and a lot of photographers use them instead of white now.  I sometimes use white but make it look almost black but only lighting the subject not the background.  Mirrors can be used to reflect and add additional light, as can crumpled foil.  Hope you don't mind, I had a quick edit of your photo to give you an idea of what it might look like standing on white (I had to change to white because of the different tones when I wanted to add the shadow  delete when finished, woodenvase.jpg

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