Online Jewelry Photography Course by Laura Bracken Starts Feb 15th

Jewelry Photography Workshop

 

This month-long online beginner’s class will teach you how to take better photographs of your jewelry in three comprehensive sections.

  • First, we will go over the various aspects of our cameras, what certain “terms” mean, and how to get the most out of your set-up.  You don’t need a fancy/expensive camera to take this course as I will help you get the most of everything from a pricey DSLR to a point-and-shoot to a cell phone camera.
  • In the second section, we’ll talk about the “set-up” and I’ll show you some tips and tricks to create “staging” for online sales or show applications, and we’ll discuss how to get a great photo on the first try.  We don’t want everyone’s photos looking the same but we do want everyone to improve their own process of taking photos, so we will cover a few different set-ups.
  • In the final section, we’ll discuss photo editing.  I will cover techniques in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and GIMP (free online photo-editing software).  Other programs will work too and some of you may even be able to do editing from cell phone apps.  My goal is to have you in and out of editing as soon as possible.  With better photos, comes less editing.

 

Because there are so many variables (the camera, the set-up, and the photo-editing software), my focus will be less on the specifics of “which button to push under what circumstances” and more on the overall ideas and concepts behind getting a good photo so that everyone may succeed no matter what they’re using.

Those who’ve taken my classes or downloaded my tutorials before already know that I have a very hand-holding approach to teaching.  This is not a class for people who already have vast knowledge of photography or photo-editing.

This online photography class includes two bonuses.  Everyone who takes the class will have the opportunity to submit an image for critique.  I will also take some of those images and provide video demos as I photo-edit them, showing and discussing the process step by step.  The second bonus is that if you like I will take your logo and prepare it so that you can add it to your images without any background coloring.  In other words, you’d go from this (first photo) to this (second photo).

 

The Class Structure:

  • Prior to the course starting, student submits 1-3 images they want critiqued and/or want help with
  • Prior to the course starting, students fill out an online questionnaire so I know what cameras and photo-editing software they are working with
  • Class starts February 15, 2018
  • At the start of class, students will be given access to multiple instructional videos
    • Students may watch the videos at any time and in any order during the 30 days  as many times as they like
    • The videos will be removed on March 18, 2018
  • At the start of class, students will receive a handout with highlights of what we’re learning with bullet point reminders.  Students will be able to keep these handouts and refer back to them when needed (no sharing or posting this info online, thanks).
  • At the start of class, students will be encouraged to join a private Facebook group page for this class. While it’s not necessary to join the Facebook group, doing so will enrich the learning experience and is highly recommended.
    • At the end of the month, the group page will still be accessible so that students may share progress, ask questions, and gather inspiration.  The only thing unavailable after the class ends will be the videos and the instructor’s undivided attention (my attention will still be there; it will just be divided).

 

During the month-long class, some of the topics we will discuss include:

  • Section 1: Familiarizing yourself with your camera
    • Macro setting
    • Self-timer
    • ISO
    • Spot metering
    • White balance
    • Shooting range
    • Resolution
    • Aperture
  • Section 2: The photography set-up
    • Where to shoot
    • Diffused lighting
    • Lighting types
    • The light tent
    • Backgrounds
    • Type of shots
    • The layout
    • Props and models
    • Invisible help
    • Gray cards
  • Section 3: Photo-editing
    • Software
    • Basic controls
    • Image size
    • Resolution
    • Cropping
    • Correcting color
    • Changing the background
    • Adjusting lighting
    • Adjusting contrast
    • Removing fuzz and/or other things you don’t want in the photo
    • Adding a border
    • Adding text, logo, or a watermark

 

Within 24 hours of purchasing this class you will receive your first email confirming your purchase and providing a link to the questionnaire. 

BIO: I have been selling jewelry online successfully for 17 years.  I am an award-winning photographer with a background in motor-sports photo-journalism as well as general photograhy.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  You can reach me through the contact form on this website.

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