jewelery photography

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  1. jols

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    could anybody give me help on photographing jewelery?

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    what is the best colour material to use for the background and what settings is best?

    i just cant seem to get it right.
     
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    Best results are achieved with indirect lighting, a domed reflector and the piece of jewellry on a light box.

    skieur
     
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    can you post some pics?
     
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    the pics i have are embarrassing they are soooooooooooooooo bad. ha ha .

    need some pointers first.
     
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  6. JerryPH

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    Soft diffused light is important. A softbox, umbrella or lightbox are good.

    Get that flash off the camera and you will see how quickly things improve.

    If you need a bit of a more visual thing, just PM me and I can try something for you tonight after work, if you want?

    I know it always helps me to see how things are done.
     
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    I have always favored a royal blue for B/G color. But it has been overdone in many catalogs.
     
  8. JerryPH

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    I can see any dark colour best showing off jewelery better than whites, though it can/has been done in pure white in a few catalogs that I've looked at in the past. Darker colours just seem to give it a much richer/vibrant look.
     
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    different stones look better with different lighting...for instance i wouldn't use the same background for an emerald that i would a ruby...keep in mind complimentary colors!
     
  10. jols

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    thanks for all the help.

    if poss i would like to see some examples.

    i know its cheeky of me nut anyone who can help post them on this thread please.

    thanks again
     
  11. JerryPH

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    Jols, keeping in mind that this is my VERY FIRST attempt at this and given more than 10 min to do this, I could do better, but for waht it's worth, here you go:

    First attempt, little prep, obviously poor example.
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    The setup used for this and the next pic:
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    Last try before me needing to leave. It is better, but not what I would call ready. Given another 30 min and a few more test shots, I could do better... but at least this gives you a thought or 2?:
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    Ten minutes, 5 shots total. Newbie attempt but hey, I had fun!
     
  12. MissMia

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    I shoot all my jewelry outside, but then I sell western jewelry.

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