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eBay Tips: Photographing Chalkware Lamps

Updated on February 2, 2013

eBay Tips: Photography

Set the Wayback Machine to the summer of 2005. I was shooting eBay photographs for an independent eBay consignment shop. I had very little experience and we had a make-shift studio in the back of the warehouse with just a gray backdrop and a couple of halogen worklights. The digital camera was respectable (it was either a Canon or Nikon). Yet I somehow achieved incredible results! Pretty much all of those photos are gone now, sadly. However, this set was saved because an external website borrowed them from the eBay ad while it was still available. I have archived them here to showcase my past work. The item is a 1950s Puccini chalkware ballerina TV lamp. Unfortunately, the images below do not appear quite as crisp and brilliant as my originals. The top photo was taken with the lamp on so a low wattage bulb illuminates the figure from behind. No flash was used. This is one of my favorite photos. The bottom photo was taken with our normal flash and halogen lighting. PDXBuys currently uses a Nikon Coolpix L100 digital camera.


Photo copyright 2010 by PDXBuys
Photo copyright 2010 by PDXBuys
Photo copyright 2010 by PDXBuys
Photo copyright 2010 by PDXBuys


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    • Emma Jones profile image

      Emma Jones 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Hey I have nikon l100, would any once like to say anything about it :)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I have no idea about photography, I do try and get some good pictures though, but I love the lamp! cheers nell

      p.s. forgot to say, I look forward to your next hubs, so get writing! ha ha have a great Christmas!