Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How do you take a good picture of your work?

Ok, so they are a few days later than advertised, but here are some shots of work out of the kiln. I finally got something of a photo cube set up so these pictures are moderately better than before. I still have to play around with the lighting set up. I am also pretty dissatisfied with my pictures as a whole. They just seem so boring; not very good for advertising the work. I'll have to work on that. Any tips on that front would be welcome.

Blue serving-ish bowl with rectangles, 3.5 x 7 inches

Light and dark brown serving-ish bowl with circles and stripe, 3.5 x 7 inches

Light brown salt & pepper shakers with...whatever that is, 2.5 x 2.5 inches

Light and dark brown flower basket with swirly plant things, 6 x 6.5 x 4.5 inches

I will post more pictures as I get them taken. Until then, don't forget the eggs.



  1. Color correct them to make them a little cooler in tone, and make the background behind the pots darker by blocking some of the light off of it.

  2. you could also try using whiter bulbs. 5000K compact fluorescents are pretty good.

  3. I use a dark grey background and my woodfired pots really pop.Your background may be too close to the color of your pots.Also dark backgrounds suck up stray shadows.Keep trying you'll figure out what suits your work.

  4. nice shots, I need some of the white bulbs Brandon mentioned.

  5. hi rob, i always refer people to this blog post... it helped me. http://jeffcampana.com/blog/2009/03/turning-pots-into-jpegs-part-one-the-setup/ the bowls look great!

  6. Hi Rob, I really like the design work on the pots there! Excellent stuff! Rob,I can't get your website to load, and don't see your email anywhere. I apologize for putting this request here.

    I have a question for all of the artists that I follow on my blog list – and any others who may read this through other bloggers.
    As you know from my blog, I have started the new ceramics program at a local high school. One of the projects that I have assigned the students is a ceramic artist research paper. It is a chance for them to see the works of many different potters, with many different styles and types of clay works – from different parts of the world. They have to download 2 pictures of the artists’ work, and email the artist to ask several questions about their work, what influenced their style, the medium they work in, the glazes they used on a particular piece, etc. They only need to write 250 words, but I’m hoping they will end up with much more. Their final project is to create a piece in the same style and construction technique as the artist they choose for their report (in their own personal interpretation of course).
    May I have your permission to steer them to your blog and website to obtain information, and to contact you by email? I would appreciate it immensely, and you would be able to influence this new generation of students in their search for new outlets in the world of art.
    Thanks in advance for reading this post, and for your quick replies.
    Happy Mudding!