I have no idea how to take pictures.
Hey, not a bad start! A 3-point lighting system will make for a more rounded shot than a 1 point lighting system (and also get rid of the scratchiness in the picture, caused by too little light). Also, I’d shoot at a lower angle so you get more of the shape of the mug and less of the rim (example: http://d3u67r7pp2lrq5.cloudfront.net/product_photos/6265281/SQSurveyCorps1_large.jpg )
If you want to get rid of the paper seam, I would suggest getting a roll of paper (rice paper is great for this, and you can use a sheet of it to diffuse the light so it’s not as strong, too.) (rice paper http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/jack-richeson-rice-paper-roll-845883/ )
Finally, if you’re having trouble setting up lights, might I suggest clamp lights? They’re cheap, you can fit them with full spectrum light bulbs, and you can find them at most hardware stores. (example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Motor-Trend-6-ft-Metallic-Clear-Clamp-On-Work-Light-MT1201/204348812#.UmE7tVBQHa4 )
I’ll keep that in mind. I’ll just have to make due with my one light source for now, though. I am taking a bunch of stuff out to sell tomorrow and I haven’t photo-documented any of it, which is high heresy in my book, because I MUST DOCUMENT ALL WORK EVER. Even if I don’t do a great job.
I know you guys love in-progress shots, so here’s the last thing I’ll be putting in the kiln before my show next weekend.
I’ve been waiting for some good natural lighting conditions
You know, some mild sunshine, so I could take pottery pictures outside like I usually do. But the unphotographed finished work is piling up after 2+ weeks of unrelenting rainy misery. So instead maybe you guys should fill up my ask box.
I’ve been busy-busy, running errands and preparing for what I consider the beginning of the holiday season. So I haven’t really had a moment to update this blog. Here’s some freshly assembled ornaments and the promise of more to come.
Amaco’s texturizer can produce some raku-like results in cone 6. I can’t wait to play with it some more.