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    has anyone got any tips for me to take clear crisp photos of my jewellery items.

  • #2
    Im struggling with this after my house move last house had a conservatory using an old dress box the Photographs worked great have not found a good alternative as yet in this new house. Think I need a light box and Im sure there was a thread on here to make youre own will need to search it out!!

    A lot of jewelry sites use books as back drops have you tried that??


    • #3
      sorry might sound a bit thick, but what do you mean by using books as back drops???


      • #4
        The way you photograph your pieces is so important isnt it! As Cheryl hinted at with the advantage of having a conservatory I would say make sure the pic is taken in natural light without using the flash so just next to a window should be fine.

        Putting a piece of white paper behind your jewellery helps to keep it light or you can use something a bit more creative like the book idea.

        Also make sure you switch your camera to macro mode. The other thing I find really useful is editing the pictures on Picasa software (which I think you can download for free) as you can lighten, sharpen, re-focus, crop etc. etc.

        Erm I think they are all the things I find work best so hopefully some of them are useful to you! Good luck
        Ayla Jewellery:


        • #5
          You could always make a light box....

          there are two different types but I prefer the one that's like a little mini photography studio:

          Its basically a white box that you put stuff inside to photo!

          To Make a very cheap light box:

          1 Large cardboard box
          White paper or tracing paper (thick & very opaque)

          + Cut square holes into the top, back and two sides of your box, cut right up to the limit of keeping the box useable.. you can always reinforce with extra card

          (you should now have a skeletal looking box with a cardboard floor

          + fix the paper to the inside of the floor, top, sides & back of the box. You can at this point "roll" the paper from the floor to the back wall.... this hides the box looking shape and its exactly the same as you see in photographers studios... a backdrop that curves to the floor (no harsh edges)

          Then all you need to do is get some lamps 2-4 depending on the size of your box (preferably with dimmers). Your then ready to go... adjust the strength/position of the lamps - the paper should act as a diffuse... don't get the lamps too close, just enough to generate some nice light... obviously its best with a digital camera because you can experiment more!

          - you will also want to light from the front.... I used a bit of theatrical diffuse gel (or frost gel) to break up the light a little over a lamp again you could use paper... but chances are it will burn if you tape it over the lamp!

          You could also rely on your camera flash, but again you'll probably want a diffuse on it
          Last edited by Spoons; 21-09-2010, 04:42 AM.


          • #6
            hanging earrings on a glass is a tip I was told


            • #7
              Light box is a great wee tool to use that helped me so much, and patience as well - for every good shot I take with my camera there are 10 I delete looking forward to seeing your new lighting techniques in action

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