Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Photographing Ornaments...........

I have been knee deep in holiday cheer these last few weeks attempting to create images to submit to a greeting card publisher I am working with. I have photographed poinsettias, holly, wreaths and (the subject of this post)... ornaments.

Photographing ornaments can be a little tricky. First of all, I like to use ones with a matte surface.  A shiny ornament is beautiful, but it may reflect your light source (in my case, a window). Your own reflection may appear in the ornament as well.

As most of you know, I am a big fan of simple imagery, which is why the few shots I made of ornaments hanging on a tree, did not appeal to me.

The next thing I tried didn't work either.................

What I really wanted was to somehow suspend the ornament with my white piece of foam core in the background. This is when creativity really kicks in. This pliable "in the tree" ornament worked perfect! (One of my definitions of creativity is "using an object in a way unrelated to it's original purpose.)

I have been encouraged to add text to these images. I experimented with many nice sentiments, but nothing was working.

Until, once again, simplicity won......................

©2012 Dianne Poinski

©2012 Dianne Poinski

Technical note: (which also means, don't worry if this does not make sense) Using a white background makes it very easy to add a texture layer or two to create a completely different backdrop. In this case I used the "Rialto" texture from Flypaper Textures.

I am still playing with different fonts, colors, sizes and words, but I like that these images reflect my style and my desire to express myself in an authentic matter. (Whether or not they have commercial appeal is another matter.........)

Stay tuned. I am sure the poinsettias, holly and wreaths will pop up here in the next couple of weeks.............


  1. Great post Dianne! I've been working on my own ornaments and holiday decorations.

  2. Really like what you're doing here Dianne--reducing the object to its bare essentials and allowing it's essence to shine through. I think that if I saw those in a store, I'd reach for them!

    Let's get together for one of our lunches in early '13!

  3. Thank you Cindi and Hannah!
    Cindi - I would love to see what you have been working on too!
    Hannah - Yes! Lunch soon!