Monday, January 9, 2017

How to Photograph Jewelry Photography Webinar Giveaway | Smartphones are the Way to Go

By on Monday, January 09, 2017 39 Comments

It's my blogging anniversary this month. So in order to celebrate, I am giving away 3 spots for my next How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar scheduled for 2 pm EST, Sunday January 22. Please do sign up if you definitely want to attend - just email me at  Who knows?  You might just win a free pass.

The importance of good photography for online stores and social media promotion cannot be overstated.  So you need to work at this craft.  Just like anything you tackle, you have to practice. As you can see from my blog posts over time,  I constantly work at improving my jewelry photography.

One thing I have noticed over the years, the quality of photography on sites like Etsy is slowly improving.  That's due to people realizing how good photographs matter so they are either learning how to use dSLR or more likely, ditching small compact cameras in favor of their smartphones.

Smartphone cameras (the better ones) are so good now, some professional photographers like this one have even switched to their iPhones.  They are less bulky and far easier to use. These indispensable devices are not just cameras, but they cover your communication needs and a whole lot more. Indeed as CNET's 10 Ways the iPhone Changed Everything pointed out, a single device now replaced several as you can see in their photo :

If you sell on online, you can not only take smartphone photos, edit, watermark them but you can then go on to manage your store and promote your business - all without going near a computer. My webinar covers how you can do this easily even when you are on the go yourself.

I also see that switch to smartphones with the people who sign up for my webinars. Many, but not all, are  switching to smartphones. Makes sense - why buy a dSLR when you already have a good camera in a device you need?

The majority of people who possessed smartphones have either an iPhone or an Android device. Note that app developers concentrate their efforts in those two main markets. So if you were angling for say, a Windows phone, expect fewer apps in the Microsoft app store.

At the last webinar, this question also came up, "Do you have to upgrade your phone often?" If you had the resources and an abiding interest in technology to do so, go ahead. But no, you do not have to upgrade every year, much as the manufacturers want you to.   I personally stretch it out to 3 years. By then, the changes are significant enough to make it worthwhile.  One person had an iPhone 4. That is several generations too old and improving the photo quality will be harder to achieve.

But when you do upgrade, you can save money by NOT going with the latest model but the previous one as the price would have dropped for that. Last year's iPhone is still a great phone!

If you'd like to win one of 3 spots for my next photography webinar, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

See my webinar post for feedback and other important information.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, January 16, 2017. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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  1. I certainly have noticed the improvement on your photos and need to improve my skills. Since I am on a fixed income, need to find ways to improve my jewelry photos without having to buy expensive equipment. Would love to see your program on photographing jewelry

  2. Pearl, you so right about photos being incredibly important! I have yet to take a good picture of my jewelry. I would love a free pass to your webinar. I'm crossing my fingers!
    Sara ( )

  3. I'd love to win a spot, Pearl! My photography isn't bad, but we can certainly all learn more!!

  4. I have wanted to take your photography class, but my schedule hasn't cooperated as of yet...maybe this time!

  5. Yes please,
    Thanks Carol

  6. Great....would love to win this!!! Would love to earn to photograph my jewelry!!!!

  7. Would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity!

  8. Please enter me in the contest for jewelry photography tutorial

    via email

  9. This sounds quite interesting! Would love to be included in the Webinar.

  10. Please enter me in the contest too!

  11. I've taken this course from you 3 times now and I can't list all the things I've learned from it. It's simply an excellent course.

    My jewelry photography has changed dramatically because of you Pearl.

    I've learned many new things each time I take this course.

    I'd highly recommend your course to everyone...Even those who are familiar with photography.

  12. Please enter me in the jewelry photography contest. I'd love to how to make my pictures better.

  13. I would love the opportunity to attend your webinar on photographing jewelry. My son gave me a photo box for Christmas so I can take nice pictures of my polymer clay jewelry. A webinar would be the perfect next step to learning how to make great jewelry photos. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Via email

  14. I enjoy your blog and Facebook page and yes I would like to enter your contest to attend the webinar about photographing jewelry. Thanks for entering my name. via email

  15. I always look forward to Monday to see what new wonders you have for us Pearl. I am so excited about this class, I need it for sure. My jewelry photos are better than they used to be but they have a long way to go to look professional. Would love to win the class, and am a blog subscriber and follower.

  16. I will definitely be taking this webinar whether I win this giveaway or not. I can't wait to learn how to take great photographs! I always read your blog and love it! If I win that just means more money to buy clay! Thanks for offering this, Pearl.

  17. I love my Modahaus kit. I would love to here tips from the inventor. I follow on bloglovin, pinned, g+ share.

  18. Hi Pearl. I have watched you take pictures at your jewellery making classes and I said to myself " some day I'll be able to do that!" I bought the studio photo box and look vet them but I need how to take pictures too. Thanks for entering my name into your draw!

  19. WOOT!!! What a great opportunity. Especially with having Lex McColl from Modahaus there. I really want to learn more about that system. I want to compare it to Cloud Dome system that I currently have. It's okay... but seems to be lacking some how. I would love to be able to compare the two.
    So thank you Pearl for the opportunity to possibly win a seat at this webinar.

    Vicki Entrekin
    Vicki E's Designs

  20. I sure hope I win. I'm sure this will greatly enhance my photos and knowledge. Plus it would definitely get me set up to show my crafts! Here's to all the potential winners!

  21. Would love to win one of the free spots for your webinar...just can't take a good picture of my jewelry even with a light box

  22. I'd love to have a chance to attend this webinar!

    I don't have a blog, but here's my email address:


  23. I've taken your course before, Pearl, and I could definitely take it again because there is so much valuable information provided. Thanks!

  24. Thanks so much for the chance! That seems like one of my biggest struggles!

  25. Me, me, me, choose, me please, please, pleeeeeeaaaassee. I really need your help. Thanks

  26. I just found you, and it couldn't be at a better time as I am about to set up an online shop to sell the jewelry I make. I never thought of the use of a smartphone to help so much as you've listed, and I very much would love to learn more!

    - Laura

  27. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity

  28. Just what I need right now....would love to win one of those 'golden'spaces!!!

  29. I just found you. I am about to repopulate
    my Etsy shop to sell the jewelry and hostess aprons I design.
    I use my iPhone for photographing.
    I have a new iPad Mini and would love to
    learn better techniques, hoping this iPad will take better quality photos.

  30. I would love to learn better ways to photograph my jewelry. I always struggle with this.

  31. Hello Pearl! Thank you for the opportunity to be able to attend your webinar with a free pass. I really need to learn how to photograph my jewelry now that the one brick and mortar store where I have it is going through a drastic slowdown. Thanks again, Diane Wong

  32. Thanks for the chance to win, would love to learn how to use my new phone to take great photos of my jewellery.
    doinWire at gmail dot com
    Sue : )

  33. It seems my comment is not working. I hope I didn't double comment. Thank you for offering this opportunity. I hope I am the lucky one. Blog subscriber.

  34. Not a photographer & would love to win a spot in your webinar.

  35. I am always struggling to get good photos. Your webinar looks like it could really help me.

  36. Hi. I am trying to redo my pictures right now. This seminar would greatly help. Thank you for offering this giveaway.


  37. Hi Pearl! I'm so excited to take your webinar Saturday on how to take good photos. Winning a free webinar would even be better...either way can't wait until Saturday!

    1. Looking forward to talking to you all - just a reminder that it is Sunday January 22!

  38. Thanks for making this available to us. I really want to learn how to take better pictures!