I finally finished my submission for the Showcase 1000 Beads book. If you haven't entered already, you have until February 14th- better get crackin! Making the beads was the fun part, I got to play around with some new versions of favorite designs (like the birds on a wire bead vs. pendant). I did a lot of experimenting, since beads often fire differently than flat-laying pendants (drippy glazes tend to run). Below are my final 4 favorites.
The HARD part was photographing them to the books requirements. They recommend having a professional shoot them...but well, who has money for that. I would have dished out the moolah if I thought I would use the images again...but the stark white background just isn't my style. I much prefer the rustic/earthiness of my kitchen table of props. I wish I would have taken a picture of my photography set-up for that day....white cardstock taped to a wood box...sheets of vellum on the side (a make-shift light-box to dissipate shadows) and even a little tin-foil to reflect some light .... And a lot of photoshopping.
If they reject my beads based on the photography...I can at least know I tried my best!
Did you enter any beads to this book? If so, how did your photographing go?