A call for input... it's easy :)

Hi Lovelies,
I've been trying to get my Etsy shop going, taking photos and all that fun stuff, and when looking at the resulting images on my 2 different computers I am getting vast differences in image brightness. My laptop is a mac (and new to me) which has an exceptionally bright screen (which I like). In lieu of trying to match the brightnesses (because I like them each at their brightest and those don't match) I'm wondering how the images appear to others. I am by far a professional photographer, but am overall happy enough with the photos at the moment. It's mainly the brightness factor I'm curious about. I can't figure out which computer to use for the final adjustments because I don't know how they look to you!

So, here are my questions.

1. Are mac's in general brighter than others?
2. When you look at my images would you call them too dark, okay, or too bright?
4. If they had to be on the brighter or darker side, which would you choose?
3. If you want to elaborate on anything else, please do!

Here's the link: www.heartandstone.etsy.com

Thanks friends:)


SCJ Jewelry Design said...

Hi Shay,
I have a PC and on my computer, your photos looks ok. Possibly just a little on the dark side; if I were editing for my computer I'd add a few notches of brightness. You're taking lovely photos! I like the angles and backrounds you're using. They really make the jewelry pop!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Shay!

I'm at my day job and on my PC monitor, they look very nice. This monitor generally shows things darker and the shots in your Etsy store are very good. I will check out your shop again when I am home. I use a Mac there and I haven't experienced things looking brighter than they should on it. I'll give you a shout back when I look at your Etsy store on my Mac.

Lovely, lovely work BTW! Man you have some skill with the wire and design!!! :)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Me again. Just looking on my Mac here at home and the photos look great! Much better on my Mac, but that is normal.

You've done a really good job with the photos too. As Sandy said in the first post, nice angles, backgrounds, views. Thumbs up from me!

Shay Stone said...

Thanks to both of you. It's great to have some other sets of eyes at work! I'm glad you like the photos themselves as well. I am finally liking them myself, but know that it it so very subjective as far as what each of us likes. White, black, grey, flowers, LOL.. You just never know :)

Swati said...

Shay, I LOVE the pictures!! They are amazing! I especially love the ones you took on the black background. You need to give me some photography tips. What is that black background? Leather? And which camera do you use? The pictures are sharp, clear, brightness is just right (I'm on a PC). And the way you have clicked them, I want to buy them all.

And I must say once again...even though you must be sick of hearing it from me...I LOVE your jewelry. Each piece is GORGEOUS!!! You're not selling the ones on the right column of your blog? I see only one from those.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

I'm on my husband's laptop (PC) now and your pix look just fine. But monitors vary so much you'll drive yourself nuts trying to get it just right for all viewers. My monitor even changes brightness throughout the day all by itself!

Oh, and the jewelry's gorgeous too!

Shay Stone said...

Thanks Deborah and Swati for your input here as well:)
Deborah I totally agree with you that I could drive myself nuts trying to figure it out so I won't! Thanks to all you fine women I at least know that they are passable if a little dark on these various monitors. Thank you so much for all of your input!

Swati, you crack me up because I love YOUR photos and have wondered how you get such great images! I do use black leather. It's a continuous piece from the background and under the piece, but on the bottom there is a piece of non-glare glass on top of the leather. I know some people prefer not to see the texture of the leather, but there is something about it that I like:) I shoot with a "point and shoot" camera though I do adjust a few things manually on it. It's the canon PowerShot SD700IS Digital Elph.
I yearn for one of the big SLR's but for now, this is my baby:)
As far as the images to the right on my blog, some are sold and some have yet to be put on Etsy. I'm working on it though.!

Thanks again everyone. I truly do appreciate your responses.

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

Hi Shay! I have a PC and they look great! I love the darker backgrounds, and it's what I use the most. It sets off a shiny silver piece, at least to my eyes.

Shay Stone said...

Thanks Tammy! Ya...I like the dark background but I really do love a good white background as well --I can't pull that one off though. Actually, I like a lot of different backgrounds! Thannks for your input:)

Tina said...

I don't think any of the photos are too dark or too light.

this from an amatuer photographer alsp.

Shay Stone said...

Thanks for checking Tina:)

Lola D said...

I just gave you the One Lovely Blog Award.

Gini said...


Exactly what everyone else said! I have a Mac as well (and will until they wrestle it from my cold, dead hands!) and have noticed the exact same issues. Your photos look awesome to me!


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