Sunday, October 9, 2016
This was not a case of not liking the original piece; I actually liked it a lot. My intent when I made it was to use it as a jury shot, as it was rather big and dramatic. But I absolutely could not get it to photograph well (and I took a million pics). The top pic is the best I got, and the gold doesn't stand out against the black well at all. Also, photographing it straight on like that you don't get a good sense of the 3D-ness and it's hard to judge the size. So even though I liked the piece a lot, it wasn't doing what I wanted it to do.
That wouldn't have caused me to redo it, except for one thing. I realized after looking at it for a
So I redid it, and was quite pleased with the results.But that still left the photography problem. I took lots of pics, basically redoing all the mistakes I had made with the original necklace. Photographing it on the black form was the best way to get a sense of the size and dimensionality. But for some reason that I fail to understand, whenever I did that, even in the same room and under the same light conditions as the other shots, I got a picture that waymore washed out. Finally, I turned out all the lights, so I only had indirect light from the window, and dialed back the exposure to make it even darker--and it worked. I think it shows off the piece quite well. No idea why.