Photographing pottery

Photographing Pottery using window light - Floor it

As the periods of strong sunlight get longer, so do your options.  I noticed there was a bright pool of light on the floor next to my window and, using my reflector to increase highlights and fill in the shadows, I managed to make a beautiful lightbox of sunlight which had it been direct, would have been much too strong.

Without polystyrene reflector

Without polystyrene reflector

With polystyrene reflector

With polystyrene reflector

What is particularly lovely is that the square of polystyrene floor tile creates pearly highlights around the edge of the pots. It gives them a  seductive glow, a gleam that is both beautiful and very high rent.

Photographing Topsy Jewell's beautiful mugs

F4.8, 1/30 second, 56mm, ISO 200

Same thing, same old thing.  Window light. Sunny day. A tripod and polysterene ceiling tile on the shadow side.  It works.   Experiment with depth of field, that will make it interesting.  Get one mug sharp, the others blurred.  Use different coloured backgrounds 

Topsy Jewell, Star Pottery, Fisher Street, Lewes, BN7 1YJ
Telephone: 07552921770

email: topsyjewell[at]

Please, please use this beautiful sunlight we have now to set your products up next to a window. Get a tripod and a nice big white reflector and see how lovely things can look