Question: Lighting for Jewellery Photography

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by yansuf, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. yansuf

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    Hi,

    I'm an absolute beginner, trying to get some basic gear to take photos of some jewellery for my website. I'd like to get it looking as professional as I can (within my budget, of course). I've bought a Canon 1000D, a 100mm macro lens, and a good tripod. But I'm not sure just what sort of lighting set up I need.

    I've spent the past few days googling and it seems that, generally, the most common budget setup is a couple of CFL lights and a light tent for diffused lighting. Would you agree that this is probably the best way to go? Also, if so, just how much light would I need? For a small 12" (30cm) light tent, would 2 x 30w CFLs be enough? Or should I be looking at stronger lighting like 2 x 105w, or perhaps more than two lights?

    Any help would be very much appreciated!
     

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