Photo credit: Bre Hearsum

It's an interesting thing to think about how many wonderful people there in the world. I've moved around a lot, having lived in five provinces and one state, yet in every new place I've met friendly, kind, gracious, helpful, supportive and loving friends. People who go out of their way to give me a hand, cheer me up, invite me places, share their stories and make me feel at home.

Winnipeg felt more like "home" to me these past two years than it ever has before, and it's because of my CreComm family. A wonderful, funny, inspiring and smart group of people, many of whom I know will be in my life for a long time. Lifelong friends, I hope.

There's a reason I'm feeling sentimental today. I attended my last official class in the Creative Communications program. All that's left before I graduate is a three-week work-placement and a few loose ends.

As this marks the end of CreComm for me, it also marks the end of this blog. I've created a new site that I hope you will agree is much more sleek and professional. I will be blogging on this new site as well as using it as an online portfolio to promote my freelance business, Meghan Franklin Communications.

Thank you for reading and please follow me at my new site:

Product shots


The most important element when setting up a product shot is actually not the product at all, it's lighting.

You can have the most delicious-looking hamburger, beautiful dress, or in my case, sparkly necklace, but if the lighting isn't perfect the shot is not going to turn out. And I'm not talking about natural light from a window. Product shots that you see in magazines, commercials and on billboards are carefully  lit, often with three-point lighting that makes use of a key, fill and back light. The key light shines directly on the subject, while the fill light shines on the product from a side angle and the back light from behind to highlight contours. 

Jewellery, like the necklace I shot below, can be difficult to get a great shot of because the diamonds are so small and even if they look sparkly to the eye, the sparkle doesn't always show up on camera. In this case, I used a fill and key light to light the product and bounced a third light off a white poster board for a softer effect.

The diamonds are still not as sparkly as I would have liked them to look on camera. If I were to do the shot again I would try using a dark backdrop instead of white to see if that helps them pop. 

What do you think?

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