This is what I learned in regards to photos: Jurors do not want to see pictures that are out of focus, have low lighting, or that have something else in the picture beside the actual artwork (like a prop of some sort). They would also like to see your art against a graded grey background.
Too bad I didn't learn all these tips earlier, but better late than never. I recently was put in touch with Kevin Olds, a photographer in Kent Ohio that specializes in working with artists. (Thanks Treff!) His product photography has helped many artists impress the judges. Yes, Im sure there are many qualified photographers right here in Atlanta, but it can be difficult locating the right one without a recommendation. I had seen Kevin's work and was impressed. Once I spoke with him over the phone I felt comfortable and confident he was the right guy for the job. We planned on meeting in Ohio over Christmas to shoot some of my jewelry, but due to circumstances beyond his control, we had to cancel. I ended up mailing my jewelry to him last week and we worked through the whole process of placement and approving the proofs through email and telephone. It was wonderfully easy. Kevin is a true professional and his prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend his work.
I'll let you judge for yourself.
|IOLITE LARIAT W/ AMBER CITRINE/SMOKY TOPAZ|
|EMERALD TEARDROP EARRINGS|
|CHRYSOPHRASE DROP ON GOLD|
|TURQUOISE BIB ON GOLD|
|AGATE GEODE ACCENTED W/APATITE & AMBER CITRINE|