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Barbara Hageney
 

clear sharp pictures for website


I have a jewelry website. I have been taking pictures of new designs. It seems that the jewels with faceted stones come fuzzy but using same setting and lights, solid surfaces come clearer. I dont know if light is too much or too little. I use 4 halogen 100 and 150 bulbs and I cover lights with cotton covers to cut down on glare. I have an Olympus C770 camera. I set it on P, with halogen light setting. I shot 4X6 size but tried larger size too but did not make a difference.
If you go to www.gemworksltd.com I posted 4 pictures on the opening page. You can see what is happening. Bad stuff.
Help, thanks
Barbara


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2/21/2006 9:14:53 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  take them off the mannequin and shoot closer detail.


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2/21/2006 9:22:07 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  Pretty jewelry, Barbara! Did you use any type of editing program after you downloaded from your camera? For the pics are already taken, just use a bit of Unsharp Mask in Photoshop or sharpen in another program if you don't have PS (even window's photo editor or MS Picture It! will do it.

I'd have to check your camera info before I can comment on why it might have happened to begin with. Did you use a tripod or the camera's timer or handhold it? Perhaps someone else out there can help with that part...


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2/21/2006 9:23:27 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  Pretty jewelry, Barbara! Did you use any type of editing program after you downloaded from your camera? For the pics are already taken, just use a bit of Unsharp Mask in Photoshop or sharpen in another program if you don't have PS (even window's photo editor or MS Picture It! will do it.

I'd have to check your camera info before I can comment on why it might have happened to begin with. Did you use a tripod or the camera's timer or handhold it? Perhaps someone else out there can help with that part...


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2/21/2006 9:23:46 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  AH! Gregory has something there! The camera is probably focusing on the manequin, not on the jewelry itself! Can you lay them out on black or white cloth and shoot from above?


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2/21/2006 9:26:39 AM

 
Barbara Hageney   Thank you for all your advice. The jewelry looks alot better on the mannequin than laying flat. People can see how it really looks on a neck. So I have to figure out how to focus on jewelry and not mannequin. You can see I backed off the light on a few and they did come a little clearer. So how do I focus on jewels and not Dora the Dummy!
barb


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2/21/2006 9:30:15 AM

 
Laura E. OConnor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/12/2005
  If you are using autofocus, it should beep when your subject is in focus, make sure in the viewfinder that the jewelry is clear. You should see a bracket guide in the viewfinder when it beeps. That guide should indicate where the focus is centered on. If it't not the jewelry, adjust your focus til you see the jewelry clearly.

Can you drape black cloth over the mannequin? It'll just show up better for your display pics.

I hope all of that makes sense. I skipped my coffee today!


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2/21/2006 9:35:30 AM

 
Barbara Hageney   Thank you all who gave me advice and direction. Check out the website on the Home and Necklace page and I think you will see a big improvement. I am not a professional photographer but am happy with results. Big thing was tripod and finding a new picture fixer upper on Microsoft Picture It.
Please go to www.gemworksltd.com Thanks again
Barbara


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2/24/2006 8:15:17 AM

 
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