I just noticed this thread! I love photography (amateur). I guess my favorite categories would be macro and nature photography.
Jewelry photography is fun too, though I still find doing product photography tedious sometimes. I try to counter that with more creativity to make it "fun", like working on cute backdrops and such.
What does everyone use to take their photos?
I primarily use my Samsung Note 9 with Moment's Pro app and a Moment lens attachment. I also have an arm that attaches to my desk for overhead shots. This phone had massive amounts of storage so I haven't really needed to purchase more. I upload most of my stuff to Google Drive. I do pay 1.99 for extra storage there, but I've had that subscription for years now. I also have a Canon G9X Mach II digital camera and tripod. That's my backup mostly and I use it to practice with settings and things like that. (Training I guess?)
At some point, with all my traveling and randomness, phone photography took the forefront for me. Last year when I upgraded my phone (my husband and I are geeks, we upgrade frequently) a friend told me about Moment's cases and lenses for phone photography and I was hooked after trying them. I think I like it b/c it allows me to carry less, which was great while I was traveling. One less thing to charge, or leave behind. Plus the quality of the photos and video is pretty good.
Another Powershot user here. I love it! I'm on my second one as the lense of the first one got a speck on it and was messing up my photos. The camera repair shop said it would be cheaper to buy a new camera than fix the one I had.
togan, I love nature photography too. If you want to check out my pics, I'm on instagram under jewelryartbydawn. Are you on instagram?
Hey guys! Cat - I have a friend who doesn't have a smartphone either. He plays video games with us, or rather, he did before he started working nights. He had one at some point, but he took it back to the store after a few days.
I think iPhones kind of started the whole phone photography thing in a way.
Dawn - I found your Instagram and really enjoyed your pics. I only just recently set mine up because I didn't use Instagram (or any social media). I had to take a few courses to get an understanding of it lol I made one for my shop and a personal one. My personal one (togancreates) has 0 posts lol. ganisonatelier is my shop one.
Yeah, people know I'm very old-fashioned in some ways. If I don't really need a piece of technology, I don't get it. I also don't have a tablet and my notebook at home is not wireless (my way of controlling how much I use the computer which is still too much ). I don't stream because I hate watching videos on the computer. My cell phone is also ten years old, but it works just fine and it's mostly turned off, anyway. That's my private side, and then there's the work side where I use what I have to. Two completely different things Enough rambling.
I'm a nosy person, so I had a look at your shops and your blog. Looking good, all of it! You should add them to your signature here, you never know who'll see you
Thanks for the feedback Cat! I had thought about linking them in my signature when I got stuff set up...but I changed things around a few times trying different platforms and was still feeling a bit undecided on things and then I just forgot it altogether lol.
Thanks, togan! I haven't posted anything there in some time and I have so many new photos that I'm really backed up. When we get back from vacation, I'm going to get busy getting it up to date.
When I opened the Instagram account, I thought I'd be posting a mix of jewelry and personal photos. Then I read that's not a good idea and there should be separate accounts. My plan was to do that way back in January, but I still haven't got around to it. It's just been a crazy busy year here. Maybe I'll get it done this January!
Next time I'm on there (which probably won't be until we get back home in about 10 days), I'll look you up. Not sure why, but I've had a preference for my laptop over my tablet on this trip.
Oh yea - I'm another who doesn't have a smart phone; I don't want to put myself in a position to get sucked down the internet hole only to never be seen again. Just yesterday, I saw a family out to dinner and all four were doing things on their phones. I don't think they spoke to each other once the whole time. Plus, when their food arrived, they continued to play on their phones until their food got cold. They didn't even stop to take a look at their food!
My phone is an old flip phone without camera capabilities. Kids who see me using it think it's just the most awesome, coolest thing ever!
Dawn, I hope you're having an amazing time on vacation, though I'm sure you are! I look forward to seeing what you share!
As much as I love technology, I'm not the type to surf the internet while spending time with someone. I don't do so well in big groups (introvert), but I do value one on one connections with people. One of my friends will immediately go to their smartphone when we're out having lunch or something. I love it when they say it's only behavior they'd do when they're bored or something. So I'm always like...ok...I guess I'm boring then. Even my family and husband are guilty of it. It's such a pet peeve of mine. I can understand having to respond to something urgent...but to read Reddit or look at internet memes....it's like..c'mon. But I noticed people have trouble holding conversations now so maybe that's part of it.
And yes, I read that about Instagram too. There are so many "rules" as to how to use social media "correctly". It's tedious.
But some of my current tasks are figuring out what backdrops I like the best for my jewelry photos. They say you should pick one style and stick with it which is difficult for me.
I also tried a web app called Later, which is a post planner/management tool with a free tier of service. I really like it so far. I just need to generate more content.
Togan, on the old Starving Jewelry Artists site there was a long thread on what to use for backgrounds and props. Sounds like maybe one should get started here. I use a Canon PowerShot A710. It's 10 years old but takes great pics. But lots of pics need a bit of tweeking. I use Adobe PhotoShop Elements 7, an old version but it works. I don't have a smart phone, too expensive for my needs. But your blog has fantastic photos so I think you have things down just right.