It is important to have excellent photographs when trying to sell artwork online. That is something I discovered after I began trying to sell my glass art online. So when I read something about TTV photography, I was intrigued. TTV means, through the viewfinder. Photographers take an old reflex camera, build a "contraption" on and around it and attach their digital camera to the whole set up so that they can take digital pictures through the viewfinder of the old reflex camera. What it ends up doing is creating old or vintage looking photographs that look wonderful. I thought that perhaps I could do this with my glass art so that I could get some amazing shots. Well, unfortunately I don't own a reflex camera. So that made things a little difficult. But... I do own a digital camera plus, I have photoshop on my computer.
There are some very nice people on the internet that will share masks of their own reflex camera's viewfinder. (What these masks look like are dark black outlines and some dust spots and scratches.) So once I copied one of those masks, I decided to make my own fake TTV photograph with photoshop. It seemed to work, but it didn't work for my glass art yet because my own image looked too light when I applied the mask to my picture.
But here is the first picture I worked on. I think it looks pretty good. It is a shot I took in Montana. The dark black and the specks are the free mask I found online.
I think it is very important to present your glass art work as well as possible. For that reason I wrote a little bit about TTV photography today. If done correctly (I'm just learning about it) you can produce amazing photos of your products. And on the internet, you need the best photos possible to make an impact!