Jewelry pics

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  1. jsmharley

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    Here are just a couple pics of my girlfriends jewelry she makes. Any suggestions are welcome please. I'm gonna definitly build me a small light box to take the next batch in lol

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    I actually prefer jewelry on black velvet - you won't get those shadows if you don't have the best lighting. What lens are you using?
     
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    for these I used a Tamron 70-300mm 4-5.6 DI Tele macro
     
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    if you want a dropped out background, try putting the jewelry on glass, elevated, and have lights on white paper below it. Than, use lights for the subject. Adjust the brightness accordingly, so the subject is properly exposed, but the background is dropped out.
     
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    Does this mean the lights are above and below the jewelry?:confused::confused:I'm a bit confused>????

    have a good one
    3Eo
     
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    yes, that's exactly what I mean, 3 to 4 lights.
     
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    I'd change the angle to the straight on look is not really appeaing here.
     
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    here, i'll post up an example shot of what i'm talking about.
     
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    ok, with this shot, I laid white seamless down on the ground, got some boxes, laid a plate of glass on top of them and put the wrench on the glass. I then put two strobes with 7 inch reflectors and floor stands and put one at the upper right corner and the other on the bottom left corner. I than supported a medium softbox on a boom and lowered it so it was right on top of the wrench and angled it back so it was shining from the top and behind. The reflectors were set to 400W, the softbox at 800W. I used a 90mm tilt-shift so I could get an angle from almost directly above without getting in the way of the softbox. I cut a black card and put strips of it on the sides of it for seperation against the dropped out seamless.


    This is almost directly from the camera. The only thing I did t the RAW file was resize and save as a jpeg.

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    On top of dropping the background (which I appreciate learning), I have seen some LED lights on flexiarms. You can angle the LED to make a nice shine on the jewelry in stragetic places to give it the extra glimmer.

    For the images you have, I hope you don't mind, but I took one and editted it for the whole of 3 mins in Photoshop to give you an idea of how to save the images you have already.

    All I did was fix the white level by using ctrl+L and use the white eye dropper close to the jewelry, use the eraser and take out the corners which remained slightly grey, and then use the dodge tool to make the clasp shine a little more.


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    The general guideline is that you never use direct light when shooting jewellry. It should always be done with a reflector, through a dome or with an umbrella. I have seen comparison shots and agree with the rule.

    skieur
     
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    I would have to agree with a dark background, but that's just a personal preference I think. Also, maybe displaying the jewelry in a way that's more interesting might be good. Make an entire display and capture attention with the details.
     

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