Photographing Jasperware and Other Things - part 2

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This, the second part of our guide, deals with photography of Jasperware "subjects".  The photographic technique is simple.  You just need to get as close as possible, and use flash.  We would normally never think of that - but Jasperware turns out to be "flash friendly", so in this case we can break all the rules.

The first image is of "The Three Graces" from a simple trinket dish, and it's a good representation of what you see with the naked eye.

 

From here on in what you do is a matter of personal preference, and only involves software manipulation of the image.  We can only show what we do - but we think it makes sense.  The "modelling" of the "subject" could be readily improved (we thought) by increasing the image contrast.  Such image enhancement was interesting. It certainly made a difference, but the colour looks terrible!

Our answer to this was to desaturate the background colour (blue in this case, of course).  That is to change it to monochrome, or black & white.

Now, admittedly, that's a tricky operation which requires software like Adobe Photoshop.  But if you can't be bothered, or if your software just won't do it, then you can just desaturate the whole image.

Perhaps not surprisingly we have ended up with just the kind of image that is found in many of the books on Wedgwood Jasperware.  And that, as they say, should be that.

But, having figured all that out, another problem arose. On the very next piece we photographed...

...we saw a "grubbiness" which really was not obvious to the naked eye.  The answer is clear - keep the stuff clean.  And so after treatment with a soft toothbrush and mild detergent...

...all was well.

We have to say in the end that we still know little of Wedgwood Jasperware, except that we have become even more fascinated. Our business is fine art printing and we hope you may want to see what we do in our eBay shop - AGKC Penthouse Gallery

We hope this guide has been helpful.  It has been a real pleasure for us to write it.

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