Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Taking Great Photographs, Guest Blogger Post

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I use vintage finds daily in my life as an online shop owner.

By incorporating vintage finds into my shop photography, I have been able to not only market my style...but define it.

I wanted to share ways that I have used vintage in my shop that you might want to incorporate into your shop or photography.

One of the most important things I have incorporated in my shop photos is that almost all the photos have the same, consistent background.

I love to use old, chippy, vintage doors. They make the perfect backdrop and the consistency really helps to pull together the look and feel of my shop.


I also use props such as a vintage chairs, stacks of old suitcases and old ladders in my photography of my pieces for sale.

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If I am going to take a close up shot of old keys I will photograph them on an old, chippy chair.

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The chair doesn't distract from the keys but it adds the character and charm to the photo that I am wanting to convey.

Even if you are not a shop owner but love to take photographs...flea market finds make the best props when you are trying to convey a feeling or look.

What are your favorite vintage finds that you have incorporated into your photography?


Jeanne Oliver

28 comments:

Deb said...

Jeanne is a wonder. Thanks for the tips.

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

Wonderful tips!! I love adding vintage touches in my pictures :)

Black Zebra said...

You are SO right, A friend is helping me put together a portfolio for my website. I am a stylist and she a photographer,we put together some sets and I have to say that the majority of stuff I used were from car boot sales.the old suitcases I had in the loft came down,my bottle collection and all the wonderful things i collect were used as props. Today I was looking through the shots and they are amazing,especially the stuff that is really old and tattered...nothing works better than something really old with character..

Tricia said...

Thank you for the tips! I just bought some burlap to use as a background. I also use chippy metal. I am still learning my camera and trying to get better at taking close-ups.

Brenda said...

Thank you so much for sharing some of your tips!
Brenda

Blondie said...

Thank you so much for the helpful tips honey! Make sure to check out my Christmas giveaway if you haven't already!

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Kori xoxo

Jeanette C. said...

Wonderful idea! Now to dust off my camera.

stefanie said...

great tips!!!

Courtney Walsh said...

I especially like how you incorporate a consistent background and agree it does help define your overall style. Purely brilliant, I say!! :)

lulu and family said...

"doesn't distract... but it adds the character and charm to the photo that I am wanting to convey."

so true. and i love the feeling your photos do convey, jeanne. warmth with beauty and history!

Cathy said...

I Love it all....especially old chippy doors! Now I just need to perfect my picture taking!
Great Tips....Cathy aka GGJ

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Tracey said...

Jeanne your photos are always so lovely!!! Using your vintage pieces in the photos adds so much interest and charm...gorgeous!!

xo

:) T

Shelley Haganman said...
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Shelley Haganman said...

I love visitng my local antiques stores and flea markets and taking photos. You can find them at my blog on the righ side labeled "Vintage Photos" at http://scrappergirl.typepad.com/shaganman_photography/

Amanda asweetliferocks said...

What fantastic advice. Now I am excited to use some of my old pieces as backdrops....old shutters, doors, furniture,etc.
Thanks, Jeanne

Karen said...

Great tips! I'm definitely NOT a photographer. I try. Something I find really difficult, is needing to photograph inside so much, due to Oregon rain. My goal this winter is to do a better job, although I probably won't be getting a new camera any time soon lol.

Leah C said...

I love, love your photos...and shop! My favorite vintage thing to use as a background is an old, chippy white table in my scraproom. And oftentimes, you'll see an ironstone pitcher and flower frog in my photos, too:)

The Whispering Creek House said...

wow great post! love your blog!!!

Casa de Mask said...

Jeanne is so talented! I love her work. :-)

Burlap Luxe said...

Jeanne's work is soulful and it speaks to you!

Love her style.
~Dore~
BURLAP LUXE

Burlap Luxe said...

PS. I also love "FLEA MARKET STYLE"
I bought the first issue. I will always use flea market finds as a muse of inspiring gems...Sweet Brocante.

xx
Dore

Farmgirl Paints said...

Jeanne your pics are always gorgeous. So many great tips. I'm biting the bullet and getting a new cam. Even signed up for classes...made me think of you!

simplydelicious said...

Your photos are beautiful! I love to use burlap, dried hydrangeas, any thing textural as well! Great post!!

Karen

Anne Marie said...

Hi Jeanne! so nice to see you over here too!! Such an amazing group of items you chose for your line this autumn...looking forward for spring!!
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

Kimberly Jones said...

I love to use vintage suitcases as well, and now I must find an old chippy door! I also like vintage sheet music as a background for small items, and of course old books are a favorite!

Emily said...

I used the same technique (chippy barn door backdrop) in our shop this weekend - it looks fabulous! I was so happy to see that someone I admire as much as you does the same thing!
Still working on getting all of the photos consistent...
Pop on over and take a peek when you have a second...we have lots of new treasures!
-Emily @ Crisp Interiors
www.crispinteriors.blogspot.com

or shop with us at:
http://crispinteriors.goodsie.com/

carla said...

Good tip.

Finding a good backdrop is not easy at my house. My best results have been when I used the piano and a chair I recovered in patchwork.