1) Find a large sheet of white paper or lightweight card (bristol board, cover stock) A matt - not shiny - surface is better and without any 'texture'. Smooth and even as possible.
2) Get some tape and find a place where the direct sun isn't shining - a south facing window, or a shaded but fully lit spot. If you put an item down and it casts a shadow, you're not in the right spot - look for a spot where no direct sunrays can get to your objects.
3) If the place you chose has a wall, that's great, you can tape your white paper/card onto the wall. If not, you'll need to find something to tape it onto - a book like an old encyclopedia if it's a small piece of paper, or the back of a chair or similar if it's larger.
4) Place the card so it curves gently onto the floor or table - don't let it crease.
5) Place your object as far forward on the white surface as you can - this makes it easier for the backdrop to fade in your photograph.
6) If you use a prop - like in this sample, make sure any extra bits of strings or such are tucked back and taped down - as long as you can't see the tape either! And KISS - Keep It Super Simple - don't overpower your product with noisy props that steal the show.
7) Now, set up your photograph - choose a setting without a flash - the flash is just like the sun, it will cast strong hard shadows that detract from your product. If you have a point-and-shoot, it should have a function to select 'no flash'. If you have an SLR, choose the appropriate ISO - maybe 100 or 200, choose an f-stop that is fairly open - this will blur the background more and just remember to use a setting that doesn't auto-flash.
8) Before snapping, make sure the whole of the object is contained within your white space - if it goes over an edge you'll have to move it closer to the back.
10) Crop your photo to cut out any stuff you don't want like the wall behind - and a simple auto contrast should be all the tweaking you need so you don't have to have fancy software to fix it up at all.
Porcelain Vessel Pendant - Finola Prescott
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