Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blogging from A-Z • B

B is for background.  Background in photography is something I've always been interested in exploring further.  I tend to stick with white.  Although sometimes my deck railing proves sufficient when I'm outside taking advantage of the natural light.

About a year ago, I did a post on photographing purple.  Here is the same pair of earrings photographed in the same natural light, same time of day, but with different backgrounds. Amazing what a difference the background makes!

 And then finally here is the same pair, with green - which gave the the truest colors.

Some people use props, and do a great job at it, but I find it difficult.  I enjoyed how this picture came out...a bracelet on a plant, but the structure of the bracelet made it easy.  I tried other pieces on this same plant and it didn't work out!

Here's another round of different backgrounds.

Photography is such a huge part of making jewelry stand out - I hope to to more background exploration soon!

There are over 1500 bloggers signed up for the Blogging from A-Z Challenge page.  This year bloggers were able to select one of 22 categories if they wanted.  I am looking forward to finding some new blogs to love!


  1. Wow, I had no idea the background could make so much difference to the colouring. My husband loves photography, by I am not gifted at all in that area ... y'know piccies of people with the head cut off by accident, yep, that's like me behind a camera :). Most interesting post.

  2. That was the same pair of earrings?! Wow! I think I struggle w/ photographing my jewelry and crafts the most. I take fairly decent landscape shots but when it comes to jewelry, I wander around my yard trying to figure out the best place to shoot. My neighbours must thing I'm a nut job, wandering around holding up a pair of earrings to every tree and bush. lol

  3. Good grief, I had such an argument with my son over this! He insisted that they were earrings in blue beads, pink beads, and purple beads, that you just meant you used the same pattern! Please email me so I can say Nana Boo Boo! :) That is such a great example!

  4. Beautiful photography. Goodluck with the challenge. www.ramblingsbyrebecka.blogspot.com

  5. This is a great post and I cannot believe how much of a difference the background made in those earrings! Thank you for sharing this information.

  6. It's really interesting how different colors backgrounds makes the color stand out differently.

    I think it has something to do with the way a camera "reads" color.

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  7. Wow! Thanks for this post...I'm going to have to try and find your original one about photographing purple! I can NEVER get the true colour of my purple pieces when I take pictures and it frustrates me so much. I tend to stick to a white background but perhaps this is where I am going wrong.


  8. Very interesting, and so well illustrated. The project on my bead table right now is heavy on purple, so guess who's looking for a green background! You've saved me from a lot of experimenting!

  9. Wow, I didn't realize what a difference the background color really makes! Great post, very informative, and well explained/illustrated. I'll be back!

  10. Really, really interesting. This is a great post for catalog photographers and etsy sellers ... and anyone who loves photography and color theory.

    Those are really, truly all the same pair of earrings? Amazing! Sometimes they look so pink, and other times deep purple, while beige and brown at other times. Really, really neat visual image and background story.

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  11. My total nemesis! How to showcase the work and make the background pretty! ARGH!

  12. Hi Amy,
    This was an interesting post I never really thought about how the background can effect the color of the piece. Although I do know that purple is hard to photograph and get a true color, it does seem that purple photographs the best on a green background.


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