“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

I make jewelry and write. So why in the world would I want to become a photographer?

Where does photography fit in?

For a writer, a story with photos can be worth more to an editor than one without. And if the photos are good enough, they can be sold to a magazine without a story. I’m not sure I’ll ever be that good but maybe…

For a jewelry artist who sells online, photos are the keys to success. Without “killer photos”, my jewelry, no matter how high quality and how beautiful it is in person,  will never get a second glance. Buyers have plenty to choose from and if my photo doesn’t catch their eye I have no chance of a sale.

Now, I don’t really intend to become a professional photographer but photography is extremely important to all of my creative pursuits. Which is why I trekked out to Oaks, PA (about an hour’s drive) on Saturday to attend a Bead Fest workshop by professional jewelry photographer, Jim Lawson. And I am so glad I did.

Peridot Gemstone Bracelet

This is one of my many “before” photos.

What I Learned

I wasn’t doing everything wrong, but I wasn’t doing much correctly either. The photo of my peridot bracelet looked just fine to me on Friday, but after yesterday’s class, it will become one of thousands of my “before” photos.

I’m ordering some new lighting equipment, redesigning my photography space, and then I’ll start shooting my “after” photos. Maybe I should redesign my entire studio while I’m at it.

On my way to Adorama now to place an order. Tomorrow I’ll begin my studio makeover.