Picture Challenged

I take lousy pictures.

It's a known fact. Mostly if doesn't matter, as I don't sell my woodworking online. People would see it, like it. They can touch it and feel how smooth the finish is, or how well something fits. It's a tactile experience.

Whenever I show my stuff online, I feel like a novice. The Gomer Pile of woodworking.

"This is really fine looking wood ya'll. The sweet stuff."
"OH... Yeah. Thanks so much."

I'm not claiming to be a great woodworker, but I feel my photos make it look worse than it really is.

Example: This is a birdhouse I turned recently. Here is the BEST shot I could get.

So I built this photo tent last night. It's created from a 12x12x8 cardboard box and two pieces of tissue paper. I brought in my one light and took a few shots.

Now it's not a beautiful picture but at least you can tell what it is! I've got a long way to go and I've received some tips for moving forward. Hopefully in the future my pictures will more accurately display my work.

Of course this means I'll not be about to hide my mistakes as well either! A small price to pay.