Creating a Watermark

Traditionally, a watermark was part of the paper. (You remember paper ) Many of the fancier papers held an embedded image, one that you couldn't see when the paper was lying flat, but when held up to the light, the watermark image was visible. The watermark was a way of proving that the document was printed on high-quality paper, but also confirmed that the person was writing on the right side of the paper. Currently, the rage in watermarks is with money hold a crisp new bill up to the light,...

Midsized Objects Smaller Than a Breadbox

A whole class of objects are hand-sized, or designed to be picked up and used. These include anything you hold or can hold dishes, cups, glasses, but also the various knickknacks, statuettes, and other small objects. They're all photographed in much the same way. The only difference, as far as the subjective approach is concerned, is into which environment you place the objects. Or, to put it another way, how to use the environment to help reinforce that emotional connection with the buyer. The...

Subjective Approach

One person's junk is another's treasure. What may look to you like an old chunk of metal is in fact a heavy, antique brass door hinge. Yet only when the old chunk of metal is put into context can you properly recognize and appreciate its value. The best way to showcase unfamiliar objects is to photograph them in context, using the subjective approach. Placing a common object into context also helps it look good. A bowl. A glass. Cuff links. An espresso machine. Putting those objects in context...

Clothespins and Clamps

A professional photographer will tell you that there's nothing handier than the standard clothespin the springy kind. They even have a photographer's stock number for it C47. So if you want to sound like a pro, don't call it a clothespin it's a C47. Clothespins are perfect as tiny, temporary clamps, holding things in position. For example, they can help affix a background to a paint can or phone book. Clothespins can help keep items such as greeting cards open. And you can use them to help prop...

The Miraculous Shower Curtain Liner

While the shower curtain is for show, it's the liner that does all the work. It keeps the water inside the tub and not all over the floor. Plus, it serves another purpose useful for your photo studio the shower curtain liner obscures light. It turns your stark naked R-rated self into a fuzzy G-rated blur. It's that miraculous light-diffusing quality that comes in handy for your photographs as well. For about 5 or so, you can buy a shower curtain liner. Don't get one that's fully transparent or...