My First Encounter with Jewelry Photography
I was recently asked from a client who owns the local jewelry store to adopt some photos of his jewelry so he could post on his site, plus make an effort to sell on eBay. I had built his site for him (my primary occupation is webdesign, but I do dabble in photography a little too) and that i did product photography before, but never in jewelry. I had heard it’s as challenging to photograph jewelry since it is kids and animals, but I’ve for ages been one for the challenge and hate being beaten, therefore i chosen to accept the work and determine others as I went along.
Before I went along to his store, I of course charged my battery in their nikon en-el23 charger and so i was all set. My first trial using what I had had been a freebie to him to explore ways to do the work, as well as to establish the ideal placed in his own store. He let me work with a room that looked like something out of your Godfather to accept photos. Therefore I brought my equipment along, my lighting equipment, tripod, camera, Nikon EN-EL23 charger, spare battery, and a white backdrop to attempt to get a consistent image. This was my first mistake. I set my equipment up, camera on tripod, lighting stands, and the ring in the white backdrop. My lighting wasn’t good enough to get a start and whatever way I moved it, made little difference. I used a myriad of angles and also took out my backdrop to discover a more unique way of presenting the jewelry. Frustration was setting in fast. The white background and the white gold of the rings was so that it is very difficult to get a good result. After a few hours trying, I made the decision what I was doing wasn’t working. I used to be not satisfied with the results.
I made the decision to pack up and do some more research and would come back at another time. Looking into it deeper, the initial thing I needed was actually a dedicated lighting tent. These were available for less than $100, I got one, it had been 17″ x 17″ x 17″ so a good size for doing more than just jewelry. It had LED lighting stitched in, and a choice of four backdrop colors, black, white, gray as well as a light blue. I bought the tent, and when arrived set it up, and took some shots of my wife’s jewelry. What 86dexmpky difference. Although my wife’s jewelry didn’t sparkle as new jewelry, the outcomes were very encouraging. I needed excellent lighting, and even more importantly, it had been consistent. I immediately contacted my client and arranged another holiday to try the tent out as well as begin to see the results. Again, it was a freebie while i was determined to get this right for him before heading full force into photographing his entire stock. The outcomes were much better, I could have that consistent look along with the lighting was great, but there was still more to get done. You will discover what else I did so in this article to produce for more professional looking photos.