Friday, June 6, 2014

Camera + App Update Makes White Background Jewelry Photography Easier!

By on Friday, June 06, 2014 10 Comments

A reader commented on my previous post on How to Use Your Smartphone for Jewelry Photography  -  she uses her iPhone 5S for her Etsy pictures even though she has a high end dSLR camera.  Why?  It's so much easier and quicker!  If you don't have a dSLR, that will save you a whole bundle and justify a smartphone! Never mind the steeper learning curve using all the bells and whistles of a dSLR.

iPhone 5 with Modahaus TS320 (natural light photography)
The iPhone 5 and 5S are particularly good camera phones.  I previously recommended the camera + app ($0.99) for iPhones.  They have since updated the app which will make getting white backgrounds even easier.  The goal is to do as little as possible in post editing.

So here is a quick look at how I did the photoshoot for some tagua earrings earlier this week.

There are just a handful of things to do - select the WB, Timer, Focus/Exposure and (drum roll please!) the new EV setting! Tapping on the selections takes all of a minute or so. Seriously.



When you click on the EV setting button, you will get a slider where you can adjust to get brighter backgrounds.  The screen capture below shows the slider low down so the picture looks dark. So move it up until you get a white background like the photo above.  Don't overdo it as you don't want the jewelry to look washed out.


Tap the gear button to select the timer and the default crop shape.  Square looks best for online listings.


Tap the WB (White Balance) to lock it (not shown).  Then tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the focus and exposure square.


See the + sign on the top left of the square? Tap that and it will display the exposure circle:


Place your finger on the circle and move it around the screen until you see where the best spot for it is - usually a brighter look.  Next move the square to where you want to have the sharpest focus. 5 seconds is plenty for the timer but if you want a longer time, tap on the 5 to cycle through more options. Then take the shot!


When you check the lightbox part of the app, you can do some editing if you wish.  The final picture is pretty good with the new EV setting so all you have to do is crop it closer (less white space around the earrings). You can now share it directly to social media and/or save it to the camera album of the smartphone.


Best part?  No fiddling with post-editors like Photoshop! Who's got time for that?  Below is the actual as is final photograph I took with my iPhone 5.  All I did was crop it closer and resized it for this blog post. Otherwise the unresized photo is perfect for Etsy.  Note : never zoom in using your phone.  Digital zooms are not the same as optical zooms and will affect the quality of your photos.


An alternative to the timer is to use the volume setting on your phone's headphone to trigger the shot. Good tip to know if you prefer another phone app which doesn't have a timer.

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10 comments:

  1. Any chance it is available for Android yet?

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  2. I couldn't see it in Google Play. Maybe drop an email to the developer and ask if it is in the works.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/camera+/id329670577?mt=8ks.

    Alternatively, look for a comparable app for Android phones.

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  3. The photo's looks amazing! I need to get myself a new phone next year, I'm going to remember your recommendations! Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I use Camera+ and never noticed the new adapter.

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  5. Well, I am always curious about anything knew so I clicked on it and went, "Coooool!"

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  6. Hi Pearl, this post reminds me of the patent that was granted to Amazon for white background photography. If you don't already know about it I posted it on my facebook under Pat Schwab. There is a petition to sign. You should check this out. Pat

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  7. I wouldn't worry about that Amazon patent. It wasn't about patenting a white background but a very specific method of getting the "reflecting floor to blend seamlessly into the background". Few people actually read the patent! http://www.science20.com/square_root_of_not/diy_photo_light_box_did_amazon_patent_photography_against_a_white_background-137625

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  8. Oh my, I feel like technology has dash right on by me, leaving me in its trail of dust.
    Though I don't have the old cell phone that was as big as a brick and just as heavy, my little cell phone is just that; a cell phone. It has no special super powers, even its screen is just a screen . . . you can't swipe it, tap, pinch it or expand it. It just sits there waiting for me to make a call or take a call.
    I hope I'll be more techno savvy in my next life . . . that is if I don't come back as frog or something.

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  9. Maybe you will be upgrading to a smartphone before too long. It is getting to the point that we will need one for many things. I think credit cards are on the way out and we will be paying with our smartphone apps.

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  10. Hey Pearl, cool discovery! I've just updated my Camera + App and it's so much easier to adjust exposure compensation now. For Android users Camera FV5 is available on Google play and has a similar exposure compensation feature, Lex

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