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Old 21st March 2012, 01:51 PM   #11
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Thanks Torka,
I will check out the links you provided.
The thing is I've also gotten a lot of feedback from others who really like the black background and think that it helps make the website look elegant. 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?
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Old 21st March 2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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Just looked at the youtube video about making my own lightbox with pcv piping.
I can do that.
I will do it.
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Old 22nd March 2012, 12:46 AM   #13
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Like the background of your website. However your website requires a lot of on page optimization such as relevant keywords. Browsing through your catalog page I've seen picture sizes vary which looks inappropriate & distracting. Try to have one image size for all pictures you post.

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congrats Joel
You can also do community management to boost your sales over the social sites

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Old 22nd March 2012, 09:14 AM   #15
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Thanks Torka,
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.

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Old 27th March 2012, 01:41 PM   #16
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Thanks Torka.

I do have photoshop software but I'm going to build my own light box and see if I can get better results first. I love photoshop but I have not used it in quite some time now so there will be a relearning curve.
I will post a link with a new product for your comments soon.

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That a great idea ZenReputation

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