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Photographing Jewellery

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by Doublespresso, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Doublespresso

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    Hi

    I am relatively new to digital photography, and I would be grateful for some help from the more experienced members:

    I am using a Minolta Z1 and I need to take a number of nice, bright close-up shots of jewellery items for a website (ebay actually!)

    I tried several ways but I can't quite get it right! :(

    My shots either came up too dark or the light reflection of the flash is uneven. Also I found it difficult to bring more "life" into diamonds...

    I am willing to spend some money on new equipment/lighting but... within reason :blush:

    Any advice/help would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Hello,

    Have a look here

    Cheap for £15 :)

    None left online today, but some left in the stores.


    Use a tripod !

    Maybe try daylight rather than flash, or daylight and a bit of fill flash as well.

    You will probably need to tweak the levels in photoshop to get a nice bright picture.

    If you dont have the full photoshop, Elements 2 does all you will need, and is worth buying at about £50 , or free with some cameras.

    Good luck,

    Mark.
     
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    Use some white/silver/gold card or paper to reflect light onto the piece.
    Avoid using direct flash as it will just bounce off the jewellery.

    Make sure you have thoroughly cleaned the diamonds to make them sparkle - washing up liquid and an old toothbrush is good for this.

    And as the man says, use a tripod.
     
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    what sort of background are you using as well?

    White or black would be the best, depending on the subject.

    You can make a 'scoop' background with a large piece of card curled into a crescent 'C' shape. Photograph the jewellery against the curved area of the card.

    For fantastic jewellery photos take a look at tiffany.com . Superb stuff.

    And get in as close as you can to the subject.

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  5. Doublespresso

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    Thanks for all the advice guys.

    I managed to find 1 (last) "Portable Studio" at Maplin's :eek:) so will strat experimenting...
    (no more in stock anywhere in London or at warehouse)

    I will use the crescent card and see.. also I'm aware about the photoshop tweaking and I should be ok with that.

    However, I feel that the use of the built in flash will not be suitable for my purpose. Can anybody recommend on the type of external lighting I should be using? (if at all)
    Where can I buy from?

    Any otehr tips?

    Thanks again.
     
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    I'm not a real expert here (i'm a designer, not a photographer) but going off what my commercial photograp[hers use the flash units they have mainly have a diffuser over them to soften the light. The problem with flash is that the light is too hard and gives unflattering shadow areas.

    So if you use a separate flash unit you can soften it by either bouncing the light off another surface or by placing some material in front of it.

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  7. Doublespresso

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I cam across this article

    http://www.olympusamerica.com/e1/e1_lesson/E1_Bracelets/index.asp

    And I see that they make extensive use of an external light (Starlite)

    - Can I find something similar relatively cheaply?
    - Are there any good Internet retailers selling such such equipment (including diffusers etc.)?
    - Would you reccomend the use of lens filters to enhance the photos? (I'm using a Minolta Z1, not sure whether I would need an attachment)

    Many thanks again,
     

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