Originally Posted by Inspiredtb
I like having a black background also although I know that it's going to be harder to manipulate the lighting than having a white background.
What do you think?
Joel, if you like the look of a black background, by all means use a black background for the photos as posted on your website!
What I was trying to say (not very clearly, it seems) was that you can use photo editing software to swap out the white background of the actual original photo with whatever color background you want.
It's just that when shooting the original photograph, you're going to get better results in terms of lighting (evening out the highlights, eliminating shadows and getting "true" colors) if you shoot against white.
Then, just use your photo editing software to extract or isolate the item itself (good graphics software will have tools to make this relatively easy) and place it on whatever background you choose.
(An advantage of this method is that if you change your mind -- or the color scheme of your website -- later, it's very simple to change the background of your images to coordinate with the new look and feel.)
And on the off-chance you don't have good graphics/photo editing software already, I strongly urge you to invest in some. With an image-heavy website such as yours, it will save you incredible amounts of time and effort. Money very well spent.