Personally this is really challenging, not just having the right props but building an aesthetically pleasing scene is much more difficult than expected. Examples I have seen on line tend to go really close and keep it very simple, have some form of base texture (here its the music book) and depending on the angle, a background that doesnt intrude but still adds value (more of the book here – I tilted it up to achieve that). The focal point (gerbera) and some other element to tie them together (the haematite necklace – I wanted pearls but I don’t own any!)
Compare the first image to this one, and it is nice, but feels like it is missing something. That is the bit I get stuck on – what exactly is it missing?
Also experimented with angles and depth of field – having to manually focus on the beads at the front – this image above has some blue satin which now that I see it, might have been better without it?
My favourite ended up being the top image, I think it has all the elements needed to work as a cohesive image.
Do you agree? If not why? Which other image would be your choice?
Any tips or suggestions also welcome!
I updated Topaz Texture Effects and decided to have a play and I made this variation – I like how the colour toning is now much more consistent and the touch of grunge adds some interest and age.