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  • Tips for photographing jewellery please.

    Hello, I am needing some tips for getting accurate photo's of my jewellery-at the moment I'm just using a plain piece of watercolour paper which doesn't show it off very well as it's an off-white colour. Also how do you get the colours to be shown accurately the flash on my camera seems to make this a lot worse-especially with lustered beads- so I'm guessing doing it outdoors would be best?
    Any help much appreciated!

  • #2
    if you do a search theres a few threads about this topic already,, also do a search for forum member Ian Beckerton and look at his contributions for some great advice and guidance..


    • #3
      In answer to your lighting problem, a light tent is probably the answer - it diffuses the light to give a more even distribution, and I gather most folk try to use daylight or a daylight lamp rather than the flash or artificial which has a yellow cast to it...

      If you are computer literate, something like photoshop elements might be worth considering, then any of your less than perfect pictures can be tweaked to look far better..


      • #4
        Yep, doing a search will give you a lot of answers.

        My personal way is a wing and a prayer, lol. I have no fancy gadgets, I just use my camera (macro setting, no flash), a plain white sheet of paper and good daylight (if I can get it). Then there's a bit of fiddling in photoshop, and onto the websites.

        Takes time and patience though... you have to take many shots sometimes to only get one or two you can actually use.

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        • #5
          Hello, I attempt my photography using a budget method (using a light tent woul dbe the ideal way though)

          I position my ironing board next to the window on a lovely bright day & set up some halogen lamps in the opposite direction to where the shadows are cast. I use a plain bright white piece of paper to lay my pieces on.

          I use the normal setting on my camera with flash for photos. I make sure I am quite far away from the piece and zoom in (using the optical zoom and not the digital). This helps to stop te glare off the beads/surface. For close up work I use the macro mode with flash.

          To edit the photos I use photoshop to amend brightness & contrast.

          I hope that helps x
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          • #6
            As with everyone above I use photoshop to edit my photos as you can adjust various settings such as brightness and contrast. I recently saw a site where the jewellery had been photographed on variouis natural backgrounds such as sand, granite and rocks and the textures of the background made the jewellery stand out;I usually use just a plain white background but I've started experimenting with a different background ( a stone effect tile) and the results have been quite interesting.

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            • #7
              i move a chair next to the window for some natural light. I use a tile (normal bathroom tile) in white. I also have a black and a marble effect tile. Macro setting on the camera. No flash. Half press the shutter till your camera takes focus and then press the full way down. Then i upload all my pictures onto and i alter them on that. Takes a while but you get a good effect.




              • #8
                How does it work with Photobox? I'm useless with Photoshop - would I find Photobox easier?
                Best wishes



                • #9
                  Sounds mad but try using a scanner and placing a piece of paper etc over your jewellery, I have had some great results that I have used for posters.
                  If you try it let me know how you get on please.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Glitterbug View Post
                    How does it work with Photobox? I'm useless with Photoshop - would I find Photobox easier?
                    I find photobox easy. Iv never used Photoshop. Photobox is just a site where you can save all your pics and also order prints. But there is also an option to Edit. And when you go into edit theres tons that you can do with the pictures. I just think that its great!



                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Glitterbug View Post
                      How does it work with Photobox? I'm useless with Photoshop - would I find Photobox easier?
                      Photoshop is not for the feint hearted I have to say.. though a bit of practice really reaps rewards.. one of the benefits is that you can use features to select your jewellery, and "extract" it from your photo, and create the perfect background to replace it on.

                      The lighting controls allows you to suggest directional light, add a touch of lens flare, a drop shadow to create realism.. though these techniques dont come easy to a first time user (imho).


                      • #12
                        The quality of daylight in rooms which face from Eeast round to West changes as the sun passes - if you have a North facing room with plenty of window area or skylight then use that - if not then a light box is probably your best bet.
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                        • #13
                          Taking photos a white bath is a good tip.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
                            Taking photos a white bath is a good tip.

                            oh goodness.. yet more cleaning


                            • #15
                              I use a light tent with daylight bulbs (I tried working with normal daylight at the window but it was never light enough - even when I used photoshop to fix them up they still looked bad). I also use a digital SLR with a macro lens and tripod (to stop camera shake). I've found this makes a huge difference to the quality of photo, then I take my pics into photoshop for some post processing.

                              By the way, if you find a technique that works for you make sure to take notes on how you photographed the pieces, what settings you used and how you placed lights etc. Then make notes on the steps you went through in softaware like photoshop. After doing one batch I came back a few days later took my photos and they were all wrong, I then had to think back to what I had done the first time round and had to shoot everything all over again!
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