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12:45 pm - New Pics of Pottery
So, my new Photo Studio Inna Box arrived this morning. I've been playing around with taking pictures of pottery, with the intent of eventually creating an Etsy store. Here are a few examples. Tell me what you think.









I'm going to be experimenting with backgrounds - this was a peice of green linen I had lying around, and it contrasts nicely with the colors of the clay. I also will need fairly soon to get a better camera - this is an obsolete 3.2 megapixel artifact.

My hope (long-term) is generate some "between-show" income from online sales. I'm also thinking that it is a good venue for some of my more mainstream and commercial stuff.

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From:shalmestere
Date:February 2nd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Nice crisp shots w/good contrast between subject & background.

(I like the KalmarWare :-D)
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From:thatpotteryguy
Date:February 3rd, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
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I like the term "KalmarWare". I'm going to experiment with different backgrounds, themed settings, etc. and see what works well.
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From:kls_eloise
Date:February 2nd, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Mind the reflections. The flash on the London jug isn't flattering (since I have one of my own to compare to the photo.) My only other thought would be something for scale, although I presume that you'd mention sizes in the listing.

An Etsy shop? Be still my heart! I might just as well give you an open line into my checking account... :-)
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From:fabricdragon
Date:February 2nd, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
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looks good!
as a reminder.... many of the art shows are short pottery people. they usually require photos on "gradient grey" or neutral gray backgrounds......
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From:pixel39
Date:February 2nd, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I shall point you at www.photo.net which has more than you could ever want about photography.

And a product question. I need a largish mortar (I can probably get my own pestle). How big is sensible, how much would it cost, and when are you next in Northshield?
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From:thatpotteryguy
Date:February 3rd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
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Well, the largest "practical" size is about a quart. That's "practical" as in "for non-specialized uses", such as mulching an entire chicken. For stuff like that, I've made them as large as 1 gallon. That's a big (and VERY heavy) mortar.

A pestle isn't any trouble; I can get Mikey to produce one with about a day's notice. Turned from beech, finished with wax and oil, very nice. Such a deal.

A quart one (without pestle) would be $50. Pestle is an additional $10. It'd take about three weeks to get done, given current dry times (maybe longer if the hinted-at 24 inches of snow shows up the weekend). I'm probably not going to be in Northshield again until Boar's Head - I'd like to do WW, but it just hasn't been possible the last couple years, and I'm not going to guarantee that I'll be able to this year. And that's assuming I don't get sick again over Boar's Head.

Thanks for the tip about www.photo.net - there's a lot of stuff there. I appreciate it.
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From:thornbury
Date:February 2nd, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I was going to suggest a gray card for a background, too. And the reflections could be minimized by softening the light. But honestly? These are perfectly fine for an Etsy shop - better than most.

As for a new camera, you don't need anything crazy to do this. Either get a Nikon D40 (if you want a DSLR) or a Canon S90 (if you want a point and shoot).
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From:thatpotteryguy
Date:February 3rd, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
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Point and shoot, definitely. I was thinking about a gray card, esp. for "gallery shots" and show applications. Probably a couple of other background cards, as well.

I'm not really a camera guy, and I'm not planning on becoming one. I've got too much else on my plate right now. I've got the option of professional gallery-style shots, but that entails packing everything up, giving up half the day, spending another half-day sifting through shots, and ponying up the (admittedly reasonable) session fee. For the moment, I think this is the more cost effective option.

Thanks for the critique. I appreciate input from people who know more about photography than I do.
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From:ascelyn
Date:February 2nd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
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If you had an Etsy shop (or any other online presence that had pre-made pottery with a shopping cart), it would be an awful lot easier to convince my family to get me your stuff as gifts!

Pretty pictures, too! I love my digital Rebel XTi, if that'4 the sort of camera you're looking to buy.
From:lady_guenievre
Date:February 2nd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Speaking of sales, were you planning on Ymir, or do I need to send you money for shipping of the cookpot we discussed?

PS, I really like the 2nd item down - not usually a fan of white glaze but that one's gorgeous.
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From:thatpotteryguy
Date:February 3rd, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
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It's not white glaze - it's a clear glaze over white clay. More like eggshell clay, really.

Anyway, I'm not going to be able to make Ymir, but I will send the cookpot down with Miguel and Violante. Will that work? Saves shipping, and they'll be more careful than the Post Orifice.
From:lady_guenievre
Date:February 3rd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
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That is absolutely perfect, thank you!!
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From:azpapillion
Date:February 2nd, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Great idea with the hands holding the mugs - I would suggest the wife rather than you! I think that mostly women will be shopping on ETSY and I would also say what glove size she wears.. :)
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From:thatpotteryguy
Date:February 3rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
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That's a great idea. Thanks!
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From:aurorasong
Date:February 2nd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
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You can post up to 5 photos per listing on Etsy, so you have lots of options. I'm excited that you'll have a shop. I don't live anywhere near you but I love your work. Etsy shops are incredibly easy to set up and cheap to maintain. Go for it!
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From:scribeo
Date:February 2nd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)

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Beautiful pottery!

The pictures could be better :o) I'd go for a natural setting. Think of presentation at an art-sci competition: create a scene. I would try burlap instead of that odd turquoise-green cloth, maybe a sprig of green. You could even set a table (wood table, nice grain, waxed maybe?), the edge of a table cloth showing (the beautiful woven ones from Historic Enterprise come to mind).
You can upload up to 5 pictures and generally it's recommended to use them all, especially since you are not paying for each picture. So you could have a "mood shot" and then close ups and details against a more neutral background :o)

Hope this helps!


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