I'll be completely honest and say that my card photos, as of late, have been frustrating me to no end. I'm not happy with what I've been presenting, and I don't know why. My bestie and photographer extraordinaire, Tanya, was sweet enough to suggest it's because I want to grow my skills... yes! But in which direction?
All the details of a card, shot in a light-box?
I adore Melania's cards, and her card-pictures. They are so crisp, and really pop off the white backdrop, don't they? If only my cards, and the photos, could look like that!
You really get to see the card, and all of its details... if Melania made mistakes, she wouldn't be able to hide them ;) But her card-making and card-photo-taking are always top-notch.
The only thing that nags at me with cards shot on a white backdrop, is they tend to all look the same. The angles are the same, since the lightbox is limiting, and there is no interest created from shadows and light. But does that even matter, since the focus is on the cards?
Lately, I've also been drawn to photos that sell a mood, along with the product. Check this photo from the Reverie blog:
or this one:
I can easily see all of the details, but there's a softness that will never be achieved through using a light-box, and an artistry with the styling of the shots.
Then, there's a move to complete artistry:
Some details are in focus, other are blurred - even though the product is for sale, so is the story behind it.... and the vintage vibe of the photo-card. This photographer will not ever show that photo-card in full detail. Do you feel like something's missing when some of the details are "missing"?
And throw in a little comment about how important the photo of a card is to you. If you are a card-blogger, is it an afterthought? Is it important? As important as the creation of your card? If you are a non-crafter, and reading a crafty blog, what's your take?