One of the questions that frequently comes up is:  "What makes a good photo?" There are many possibilities of good photos  ....too numerous to mention, so I would like to focus on earrings.

Below are the most common mistakes

in photographing earrings
 AND earrings solutions for good photos. 


Generally, earrings should NOT be photographed lying down at an angle
. Common problems include getting the entire earring in focus, awkward compositions, and poor to weak display of the earrings.  The photos (left) show these problems.
Earrings Lying Down 1 Earrings LAYINGdown

Don't hang earrings on teacups, or bowls.
These "props" actually distract the viewer's eye more than help to display your work.  This does not produce professional quality photos as shown in the examples below.
Earrings teacupEarrings on teacups


Do not photograph earrings in groups. 

Group photos usually distract the viewer by appearing cluttered, disorganized and individually unimportant.
Earring collectionEarringsgrouphanging







BIBA Schutz earringsTo create good photos, make an interesting composition consistent with the style of the earrings.
These angular earrings have angled ear wire and the rectangular format fills the photo. It works! 
Earrings by Biba Schutz at Facere

Earrings standing up by Emiko OyeOr stand the earrings up while focusing on an interesting composition.

This photo works well because it shows both the side and the face of the earrings. Earrings by Emiko Oye

Andy Cooperman earring hanging from a mannequinhanging.spiracles.holes.earUsing a mannequin to model the earring
offers a flawless simple modern solution. It makes a great photo with no hair and make up concerns, but the down side is that you can show only one earring at a time. Earrings by
Andy Cooperman. Photo by Doug Yaple.

Strata Earrings" Gold & Silver Earrings Created by Sydney Lynch Poke the post or ear wire into a piece of paper.
This is a very simple graceful solution but avoid distracting paper.
Gold & Silver "Strata Earrings by Sydney Lynch on the Artful Home.

AOLBlueLPoke the post through a photo of a model printed on photo paper.
The great part of this solution is that you can find a fabulous looking ear without fussy little hairs that are usually distracting.AOL Earrings by Harriete Estel Berman

Flower Game Blue PINk Earrings by Harriete Estel BermanCreate an interesting composition with two earrings
 and scan using your computer scanner. Earrings by Harriete Estel Berman available at the
SNAG Trunk show in Phoenix, AZ. This option requires a scanner and PhotoShop skills.


EarringsEmikoOyePhotographyIdeaHere is a photography solution from
Emiko Oye.
She hangs her earrings from a rod for the photo shoot. Then PhotoShops out the wire.

Left  is the "raw" photo. Below is the photo after PhotoShop.
Thank you Emiko for sharing your photo magic.



iced windows LEGO earrings medium by Emiko Oye on Etsy.The wire has been PhotoShop-ed out for a professional quality photo. 

Berman and OyeJEWELRY_WebThe most challenging photo option  involves using a live model.
Read previous posts on ASK Harriete for tips and tricks with photo...

Earrings by Harriete Estel Berman.
Necklace by Emiko Oye.

Do you have an innovative earring solution for taking great photos?

Would you like to share this with the readers of ASK Harriete. Let me know. I will add your images to this post or write  a new post.

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